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Indianapolis Public Schools Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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Pros
  • I worked with a lot of really good people who cared about the kids and were going way beyond what was expected of them to make a difference (in 6 reviews)

  • Hard working peers, kids who really need someone to care (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Low appreciations from upper levels and low pay for, at times, outrageous hours spent on the job (in 4 reviews)

  • Every year was a new round of budget cuts that left people in constant worry of what the future would hold (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best students and staff in the state of Indiana

    Cons

    Top of the pay scale low

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Technology Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technology Specialist
    Current Employee - Technology Specialist

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

    Pros

    lots of Flexibility, long breaks,

    Cons

    Health Insurance Plans, Lots of Bureaucracy


  3. "Special Education reviewer for Indianapolis Public Schools"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Indianapolis Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Helping the community within Indianapolis.

    Cons

    The pay is not very good and the burnout rate is high.


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  5. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Indianapolis Public Schools part-time

    Pros

    Loved working with the kids

    Cons

    Other students tend to disrupt learning


  6. "Great Potential but...."

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Administrator in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, loyal students, great opportunity for professional development.

    Cons

    Leadership is narrow in focus, does not utilize talent within company. Students needs are secondary to district image. Resources are only given to certain schools while others suffer, due to race, economics and demographics.

    Advice to Management

    Address the needs of all students not just those who are in special programs.


  7. "Professional"

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    Former Employee - SPED Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - SPED Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Indianapolis Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some excellent staff. Great program ideas. Lots of positive things going on in most schools. Facilities are often better than neighborhood facilities.

    Cons

    Some uncaring, clueless staff. No guidelines on implementing some programs..just told what they are and expected to comply. Not all teachers on board and openly defy district and school goals such as inxlusion. Team teaching is a great idea when borh teachers are accountable for making it happen. At one school I regret not xalling CPS for daily dangerous playground conditions and Behavior staff with no training and who intimidated, even administrators. Undermined staff who disagreed with him..parents, aides, etc. not on the same page. Definitely saw neglect and verbal abuse and intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Have. strict guidelines and training for implementing positive behavior supports and inclusion. Teachers should not be expected to try to make it work with reluctant..miseducated staff. All staff should be held to same expectations.


  8. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People and staff are nice, schools re ok depending on where you are at

    Cons

    Parents do not care at all.


  9. "Not well equipt or organized."

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    Current Employee - SPED Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - SPED Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do not micro manage you. Most staff in the schools really do care about the kids and the quality of their teaching.

    Cons

    District does not know how to run IPS successfully and it has gotten worse over the years.

    Advice to Management

    It is important that when you visit problem schools that you observe for more then one day. Understand that some situation are not good situations and need real help not a short visit. For the most clear view you need to asked the teachers what is going on in the schools.


  10. "Teacher Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Indianapolis Public Schools (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Impact the lives of youth.

    Cons

    Should respect and have an ability to relate to population served. This includes teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Turn off access to the music videos!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Could be worse"

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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As typical you're likely to work alongside some really wonderful educators. The students are a challenge, of course, and need to be convinced that you're somehow different from other adults and genuinely do care.

    Cons

    The access to funds is always an issue in a public school district, but the larger the district, the more difficult it is for teachers to convince those in charge of the money to spend it on improving the educational resources in place.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your teachers with extra special respect. Interacting with students is much more challenging that other jobs and emotionally draining. They don't need the added stress of a poor relationship with or lack of respect from you.



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