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Frederick County Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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  1. "Good people, poor politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Frederick County Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Of course, the main pro or con will be the school environment and your individual principal. This is for FCPS overall.
    - Forward thinking leadership from Superintendent Alban and Central Office Staff
    - Increasing availability of technology to use in the classroom (one of Dr. Alban's pet projects)
    - Solid curriculum leadership (at least in my department)

    Cons

    - Salary and raises are governed by the County which brings politics into the mix. Politics and education does not mix well - in fact, the two should NEVER be in the sentence.

    Advice to Management

    Do NOT move poorly performing principals from one school to another. If a school is suffering from poor management it is the principal at fault, not the teachers. Moving a principal will not improve his or her management skills and only fosters pain on a new group of people. Central Office must either train/retrain or let go of poorly performing administrators.


  2. "Together, we can help all students succeed."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    The system creates strong socially active community leaders and life long leaders.

    Cons

    There is much red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Provide an avenue for employees to contribute to all incitatives.

  3. "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - High School Math Teacher in Thurmont, MD
    Current Employee - High School Math Teacher in Thurmont, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with excellent benefits

    Cons

    Large county and many schools to be moved to


  4. "Higher ups don't care about you"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The coworkers are mostly nice and supportive

    Cons

    The pay is way too low for support staff
    There is a weird disconnect in technology, using it is pushed heavily, but there isn't money in the budget to actually get and use the technology


  5. "Rewarding yet underpaid"

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    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - School Bus Driver in Winchester, VA

    I have been working at Frederick County Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful supervisors, excellent opportunity to connect with children and give them a smile and positive outlook on the day.

    Cons

    FCPS MUST increase Bus driver salaries


  6. "FCPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Frederick County Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    It is a very diverse county

    Cons

    It is a very large system.


  7. "Not great, I'm going to another county next year"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Frederick County Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are very rigorous and have high expectations for teachers. The benefits are wonderful.

    Cons

    The online Curriculum Now that we use to plan our lessons is so underdeveloped. The math sections will even have chunks missing and you just have the standard to refer to to plan your lessons. I ended up spending hundreds of my own dollars pulling and buying resources for my students. My Sundays were spent slaving from 10am-6pm just to come up with lessons for the week. They give you very little to work with. Administration is not supportive. I would write referrals for students and it would go ignored. You can find another school system that pays 10k more and treats you better if you keep looking.

  8. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent schools throughout county
    Nice area to live in

    Cons

    Low pay for workload and responsibilities
    No benefits as full time long term substitute position


  9. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Winchester, VA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, local travel to schools, school hours and calendar.

    Cons

    When you're new and don't know the schools, teachers, etc., you can expect to have to deal with students that have very bad behavior and whom do not want to be in school. Some subs who have been doing this for awhile get very chummy with certain teachers who call them to set-up assignments ahead of time. You have to be very proactive to look for the next job in the system, so it's hard to get assignments for every single day.
    Considered part-time, even if you can land an assignment every day, so there are no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more money for long-term subbing assignments. Have a clear description of the content being taught on an assignment, as opposed to just a code number that has no meaning to subs.


  10. "Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Choose days / hours you want to work
    Minimal Supervision

    Cons

    Students can be disrespectful depending on what grade / where you teach
    Pay is average


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