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Denver Public Schools Colorado Reviews

Updated June 11, 2017
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  • Also, if you value a work/life balance, being a teacher in DPS is not for you (in 6 reviews)

  • Very low pay, likely will need a second job if you plan to live in Denver (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Special Education Teacher"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility in classroom instruction
    Procomp for working in title one schools.

    Cons

    Caseload size over 30 students

    Advice to Management

    More support


  2. "Big district, very up and down"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for sub teachers, nice incentives, good support from administrators and regular teachers at most (but not all) schools. I learned TREMENDOUS life experience working at all different schools with all different ages of kids!

    I say "very up and down" because there are schools in all different neighborhoods- Some have been really great, others have been in absolute shambles. It's overall very hit-or-miss where you'll end up as a sub teacher.

    Cons

    Too much entitlement, lack of discipline in students, mainly from parents. DPS should encourage parents to become more involved in community activities and school functions. Sometimes lack of discipline is also a problem at some, but not all of the schools.

    I've talked to other teachers, they tell me their job now includes more of a babysitting factor than being a teacher these days.

    Advice to Management

    Does DPS also have required health classes (not P.E.)? It seems like this is lacking too. This would make a huge difference in students to make healthier choices in life to take care of themselves. I am appalled at how much junk food these kids bring to school, as well as what they wear (borderline inappropriate- i.e. gang symbol jewelry, etc.) Health classes also educate kids on how to perceive reality vs. superficiality on the media, and nowadays with so much technology it's easy to get sucked into media brainwash.

  3. "Great School"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Math Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of feedback, training, and pd

    Cons

    sometimes there is a lot to do and the district offices are unresponsive


  4. "Denver Math Fellows"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Denver Math Fellow in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Denver Math Fellow in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of the major benefits is being in a school everyday, working with children. You are able to impact students through direct math instruction.

    Cons

    The structure of the program needs to be reviewed. There is little accountability from the coordinators.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a plan and see where it takes you, it is difficult to make so many changes during a school year.


  5. "Public Education at Its Worst"

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    Former Employee - Denver Math Fellow in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Denver Math Fellow in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Denver Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's steady work and you do get paid over the summer so you can do other things in the meantime.

    Cons

    This school system is clearly out only for it's own gains, and does not care about its population of students.

    Advice to Management

    Try being a school district that cares about its students rather than one that simply tries to make itself look good so a higher up can make more money.


  6. "Technology Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Good faculty and staff, student diversity

    Cons

    It's so big, takes a while to understand how they are organized


  7. "Sr pm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mission and students, opportunity to make a difference

    Cons

    You might have a hard time being promoted if you font have the right connections

  8. "DPS has some strengths,and some areas where it can improve."

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    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement pension seems fairly generous

    Cons

    Even though I have an MA in education, I am not being compensated for it (entry level hourly wage)

    Advice to Management

    If you'd like more highly qualified people in more areas, compensate folks that are "overqualified."


  9. "ECE teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ECE Teacher in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - ECE Teacher in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    competitive pay, good benefits, procomp system

    Cons

    long hours, high expectations, ELA training within first 2 years


  10. "Early Childhood Education"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Denver Public Schools part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of the coworkers are great.

    Cons

    Management is TERRIBLE. Pay is not up to industry standards. If you question anything, they look for ways to get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as you wish to be treated yourself.


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