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Kent School District Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Kent School District Superintendent Calvin J. Watts
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  1. "You prepare breakfasts and lunches for the children from grades K-12. Some of us are cashiers."

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    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Food Service Worker in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love the staff I work with. Everyone respects each other, works hard and the school manager shows her appreciation to us quite often.

    Cons

    You get paid monthly- at the end of the month. If you start working in January, you wouldn't get get paid for January until the end of February!

    Advice to Management

    I guess keep up the communication with us.


  2. "Great experience, lots of professional growth"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    New administration in the last few years, one-to-one technology, diverse group of students, supports in place for new teachers, strong union

    Cons

    The district is always taking on something new: curriculum, testing, initiatives yet rarely gets rid of stuff

    Advice to Management

    Put yourself in a teacher's shoes. Actually commit to teach in a classroom for 2 to 3 days in a row. Commit to getting to know the students, making lesson plans with 504 accommodations, ELL support, scaffolds, classroom management, grading, etc and then make realistic demands on a teacher's time.

  3. "Lowing the Bar"

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    Former Employee - Para Educator in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Para Educator in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with the students who want to learn.

    Cons

    Working with the Machine that, IMHO, expect too little from the students. Perhaps this is why Kent School District's rating has fallen so much over the past decade+.

    Advice to Management

    Please hold kids accountable. You are NOT doing the students, society, or the future any favors by lowering expectations so drastically. KSD pay is below-average for the Puget Sound region.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse student population and caring community

    Cons

    Lower pay than some nearby districts


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a large school district and is highly diverse. They also have a new teacher mentor program to help new teachers be successful.

    Cons

    Many students prone to violence and there is a lack of support when it comes to these situations. It took several phone calls to finally get someone down to my classroom to assist my para with a violent student in my classroom.


  6. "E-Cert Substitute Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They really do want to work around your schedule and try very hard to make you feel welcomed in every school.
    By doing an awesome job in a classroom, it basically guarantees you with a position in that same classroom again (if you want it, of course).

    Cons

    Can be a little nerving at first to pop into unknown territories, but soon you'll find yourself comfortable.
    Sometimes you may feel a little lost because of the lack of information, so be sure to improvise when necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the amazing job you are already doing. I would only suggest that the district start to have substitute appreciation dinners so that substitutes feel like they are apart of the community as well.


  7. "OT and PT team are great!"

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    Current Employee - Occupational Therapist in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Occupational Therapist in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The head OT and PT are great. A great combination of enough freedom to pursue your passions and support if you/when you need it. Small caseloads.

    Cons

    It has been great - I really like it there.

    Advice to Management

    Hey, stay a while.

  8. "ESA Therapist"

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    Former Employee - ESA Certified in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - ESA Certified in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Individual SLP, OT, and PT members are good co-workers.

    Cons

    SLP, OT, and PT teams all have senior staff that you can not offend. Its very political after you have been there awhile.

    Advice to Management

    Have several leaders and rotate them every 1-2 years so that leadership is shared.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Kent, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kent School District full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology as there are SMARTboards in every classroom, and one-to-one ratio of laptops or pads per student.

    Cons

    The entire district is nearly Title i which brings smaller class sizes, but a whole lot of extra work for the staff due to the federal funding that comes with those dollars.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your most fragile students and spend less on district administrative salaries.


  10. "Got out of special education in a hurry because if this district!"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kent School District full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some schools are real gems and you're respected and supported. There are many PD opportunities provided. Being a large district means there are many schools to choose from if you don't like where you start.

    Cons

    Administration makes decisions without consideration or planning as to the effects changes have on special education. You also have to often fight the district to the point of a lawsuit to get students the support they need. Admin often stays as admin in the admin building and rarely takes the time to visit schools and programs to see what the classroom is really like.


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