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School District of Philadelphia Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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  • Parents who have no idea about their child, no follow through on rules, lack of support from administration (in 5 reviews)

  • no support from administration or nursing supervisors (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Make sure you know what you are signing up for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do you want to feel valued as a professional? Would you like to be creative and have adequate resources, maybe even abundant resources to serve your students? Would you like to share input into important decisions, and feel heard and respected by your administrators? Do you want to get excited about what you are teaching? Would you love to have a roomful of eager learners, ready to learn those exciting things you are teaching? Finally, would you like to be supported with discipline issues?

    If your answer is yes to any of the above, my advice to you is to search for a job with another employer. Because all of these pros can only be found elsewhere.

    Cons

    At the SDP. you will not have adequate resources, and in fact will have to pay for many necessary supplies out of your own pocket (in spite of not having received any raises over the last 5 years). You will not feel valued or be able to share your voice in decisions about teaching. Instead you will be teaching children how to take standardized tests, or you will be administering standardized tests, many of which are not accurate or appropriate measures of student progress. You will also then be evaluated on how the students scored on these invalid tests. You will have little room to be creative, because you must do exactly what is mandated by your administrators. You will not be supported in discipline issues. You are an island onto yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Support your teachers and students. The turmoil in this district can be turned around just by doing that one thing.


  2. "Special Education Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting Salary was a pleasant $46,000 a year. Application and Interviews were a piece of cake. Fellow teachers are incredible and inspiring.

    Cons

    It's urban education so if your heart isn't in it, it isn't for you. The biggest con is that you end up spending A LOT of your own money for classroom supplies...nothing new if you have ever taught in a poverty stricken area.

    Advice to Management

    More Teacher Support

  3. Helpful (2)

    "SPED teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher, Secondary School in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kids want to learn, urban environment, great colleagues, good benefits, decent pension if you stay long enough to vest and accrue some time.

    Cons

    No pay increase in 4 yrs, plus SPED bonus taken away, new hires with same years of teaching experience starting at a higher salary than what I make, many teachers working 2nd jobs to make ends meet, feeling disrespected by management, bullied by principal, micromanaged and treated like a new teacher after 10yrs, lied to by HR about paying for teaching classes, never got senior career step after all paperwork submitted and stamped (allegedly due to frozen contract), pay for own supplies, union is ineffectual.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. There is a reason why you can't find SPED teachers. I am looking to get out and never look back.


  4. "Tutor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Tutor in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    very relax work and good time management

    Cons

    students often get out of control to teach


  5. "Noontime Aide"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School District of Philadelphia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Providing help to elementary school children was rewarding and valuable at times

    Cons

    Public School, very high-stress environment; extreme lack of support from School Administration

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together! You're supposed to be helping children!


  6. "Certified Per Diem Substitute Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Per Diem Substitute Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Offers the opportunity to participate in student learning and observe different teaching styles and methods as a substitute teacher.

    Cons

    Although substituting offers the opportunity to participate in student learning there are frustrations in not being able to attest student progress since long-term assignments are limited to specialized fields. For example, K-9 an experienced and certified substitute can teach and structure a class but must respect limited authorization.

    Advice to Management

    If management is unable to locate a certified teacher in the fields of ELA, Mathematics or History, they should choose the next capable and certified substitute who has had experience in the schools.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Theres a reason why they cannot hire enough teachers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Middle School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits and sometimes lax expectations due to children who lack the ability to learn from deficits either social and emotional.

    Cons

    Corrupt management, money laundering elite, pay scale not increased for 5 years, unsafe work conditions full of mold and lead

    Advice to Management

    Start giving the students and teachers what they deserve instead of pocketing troves of cash with no one else in mind but the SRC and Charter schools.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Phila SD review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Health and Physical Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Health and Physical Education Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are typically solid individuals. Current health benefits.

    Cons

    Pay, conditions, treatment of employees from above and below, broken bureaucracy, working conditions

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers like educators, not babysitters or birthday clowns.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Career and Technical Education teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Carpentry Instructor/Teacher in Lincoln Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Carpentry Instructor/Teacher in Lincoln Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding to help students and engage in meaningful projects

    Cons

    Terrible management, Way too much paperwork to the degree that it interferes with essential job functions. Micro-managed. Clueless leadership


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High School Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - High School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School District of Philadelphia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with the kids that want to learn.

    Cons

    No contract. Frozen pay. Lack of parental support. Very few books or school supplies. Teachers for the most part need to buy almost everything for their classes, including copy paper to make assignments for the students. In my case I need the paper to copy free books that I find online because the district does not supply them.

    Advice to Management

    You have been out of the classroom for too long. You need to go back and teach a class without the students knowing who you are and the limited supplies the teachers have.


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