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Durham Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • Low pay, a lot of nepotism, and a general sense that not many in upper positions truly care (in 4 reviews)

  • Administrators are glorified Barnie Fifes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful staff, rough students"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Admin are amazing and supportive, they truly care about the students. Coworkers are fun and willing to help each other out!

    Cons

    Students don't care about anything academic and are extremely disrespectful. There are the good classes and the students that do care, but they are not the norm.


  2. "dps"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good work place to work in

    Cons

    low pay is the worst part

    Advice to Management

    management is preety cool also.


  3. "Below Average District"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Principal in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on your principal and school there are many opportunities to be an instructional leader.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development, below average pay.


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  5. "Science Teacher with Durham Public Schools"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School Science Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - High School Science Teacher in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Helping students that would otherwise never receive a high school diploma is rewarding.
    The relationships formed with both my colleagues and the students may last a lifetime.
    A dependable, steady paycheck.
    Multiple chances for professional development every year.

    Cons

    Not all students are ready to learn.
    A treacher is constrained to teaching a set of state standards; leaving no room to teach other material the teacher may deem important.
    Teachers are evaluated by student performance on standardized tests without regard to other criteria that may affect performance.
    Teachers end up paying for many teaching aids and supplies out of their own pocket.
    Teaching is still one of the lowest paid professional careers.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the budget so teachers don't have to pay for school related activities and supplies.
    Better compenation would attract more teachers as well as more highly qualified teachers.


  6. "Maybe its just the state of teaching..."

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    - Small county- less politics of big counties
    - Salary is not too far off from larger counties that can offer larger supplement
    - Trying to give teachers more technology

    Cons

    Maybe its just because I have been out of teaching for 5 years...
    - Teaching is no longer fun, creative, engaging, or fun the sake of children
    - Constantly assessing kids and teachers
    - Unrealistic expectations
    - Not enough of what you are supposed to have to do a good job


  7. "It was a good experience."

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    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Bus Driver in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Full time, 5:30-9:30 am, 1:30-5:30 you do get a 4 hour break I really think that was a good thing. Good people.

    Cons

    Me particularly didn’t really have any cons besides the fact I wasn't from Durham, because I stayed in Raleigh and cary.


  8. "Computer Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    Pros

    Enjoyed the hours working there. Principal was a good person to work for. Able to teach kids about computer concepts. State benefits are a plus.

    Cons

    Salary is a bit low, but that is controlled by the state. Drive was a bit far from home. Limited time to work with other teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work teaching kids. Try to expand computer teaching opportunities.


  9. "Good Starting Point"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This district is a little more personal than other larger districts in the area. People know each other and offer support through monthly district meetings.

    Cons

    Beginning teacher program is not as developed as it could be, and it is tricky to find out information regarding needs.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the beginning teacher network more so that BT's have greater support!


  10. "Security Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Security Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Security Coordinator in Durham, NC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great people there who strive to make this school system great.

    Cons

    There are no down sides to DPS.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. "A Place to Learn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Classroom Teacher in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Durham Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have learned a lot from my time with Durham Public Schools. I've met some great people and can honestly say that after this experience I am prepared for pretty much anything. They provide a lot of opportunities to grow professionally and truly to want teachers to be able to continue to improve.

    Cons

    Budget cuts have made it tough this year. Teachers with already limited access to materials and supplies will now have even less. It is also tough to deal with behaviors and try to support students when the staff doesn't receive any support themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers! We all know that it isn't easy, education changes quickly. However, in order for our schools to flourish we need to create a strong support system.


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