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Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) Reviews

Updated May 15, 2017
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  1. "Higher Ups Don't Know"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Para Educator in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Current Employee - Para Educator in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids are absolutely wonderful and if you are lucky enough to get a CR teacher that knows what they are doing, the experience is life changing.

    Cons

    If your CR teacher is bad at their job, you take on the extra burden. The job is physically and mentally exhausting. It is not uncommon to change diapers, feed the kids, run after them, and get beat up/hit/bit by them. The pay does not reflect how difficult the job really is.

    Advice to Management

    See what we actually do and pay us accordingly.


  2. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - School Psychologist in Littleton, CO
    Former Employee - School Psychologist in Littleton, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Responsive administration, beautiful location, good pay

    Cons

    Politics, bureaucracy, lack of resources


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher at Jeffco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Lakewood, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Lakewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school district had a lot going for it and seemed overall very positive. They tried new things and provided interesting training.

    Cons

    The school I was at though had a lot of issues, such as an antiquated principal who really needed to retire. She preferred negativity to positiveness and ultimately I couldn't work with her anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Don't place horrible principals at failing schools-- it was time for her to go.


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  5. "Three-Quarters Amazing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Program Leader in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mostly an amazing set of dedicated of employees. The best job I could ever imagine.

    Cons

    Hours vary, you might get unlucky and end up with an unprofessional boss. Only one boss was like this

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees, not just the directors.


  6. "Great District Terribly Low Salaries"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Lakewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large district so experience varies by school and position. However, as a high school teacher I was impressed by the degree of autonomy I had in the classroom.

    Cons

    The salaries are unacceptable. For the 2015-2016 school year, experienced teachers new to the district could only make a maximum of 47,600. As a long-term employee, my salary has not increased with the rate of inflation and there are no concrete plans for that to change.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitive salaries to veteran teachers!


  7. "Paraprofessional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Arvada, CO
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional in Arvada, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Same schedule as students, so if you have kids in Elementary/Middle School you will have the same days off they have. No need to prepare lessons. Just show up to help teachers.

    Cons

    Low pay. No professional growth. Work along people with much less knowledge and ability than you for the same pay (this can get frustrating.) Only work during school year, so no summer money (but vacation instead!)

    Advice to Management

    Maybe have a hierarchy in Paraprofessionals, where those that are better prepared can get more pay.


  8. "Good... but restrictive"

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    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Assistant in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The field of work was good, exciting, and unique. It was fun working with the kids. The schedule is ideal for a high school or college student.

    Cons

    There was not much opportunity for growth. The rules and regulations often seemed counterproductive or unnecessary. there is a lot of petty hierarchy within the entire district and that becomes apparent in every sub career branch.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more space for a creative environment. Kids are only kids once! The reason many people take jobs within the district is to positively impact the lives of these kids forever and grow their brains to full capacity, not leave them stunted in their growth. Also, Cindy Stevenson isnt the superintendent anymore.


  9. "End of a dream"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Arvada, CO
    Former Employee - Teacher in Arvada, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fellow teachers, being able to do what you were called to do, be a positive force in student's lives.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. If your school has a good principal then you are fine. If you don't then there is little you can do to save yourself from being treated poorly and your every move being watched by administration.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate teachers and let them do what they were trained to do. Work with new teachers collaboratively and be patient with them as they grow.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Going down the tubes fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Below the BOE, there is a deep and honest desire to do right by the children in our schools. Innovation never stops.

    Cons

    New BOE majority has no background in education and therefore lacks the understanding of how funds should be allocated. Employees have taken wage reductions (3%) and have not received a pay increase in 5 years. No contribution to 401K. Outrageous cost to employees for health benefits. After forcing a very successful Superintendent out early, they now want someone with a military background to lead the District. Since when did children in Pre-K through 12th grade become soldiers????

    Advice to Management

    Leading a school district of 84,000 kids and 12,000 employees has no room for politics. Instead of trying to satisfy the extremists, please focus on what children need, listen to those who came before you and learn about topics before making decisions.


  11. "Public Schools"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Para Educator in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Para Educator in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Jefferson County Schools (Colorado) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

    Cons

    Low pay for work required.

    Advice to Management

    Think about increasing pay and giving credit where it's due.


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