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Updated February 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful staff at some schools, good benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people committed to their work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The central office can be a volatile place because of budget cuts and school staff that don't appreciate the work of the central office employees (in 4 reviews)

  • In many cases the relationship between the central office and schools is antagonistic (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Not enough support from administration


  2. "Classroom Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary Classroom Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teachers, effective leaders and administrators, wonderful children and families

    Cons

    The district boundaries are spread out and the district itself is quite large.


  3. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Seattle Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful staff at some schools, good benefits.

    Cons

    Get everything in writing because the HR department isn't dependable. They retracted their original salary offer and set the salary significantly lower. I would not have accepted the position at the salary they paid. HR also denied ever stating a verbal offer.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest. People make mistakes but own up to them


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  5. "It depends on your relationship with the Principal or Vice Principal at the school."

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    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    180 days of work plus a few extra for professional development, entrepreneurial as to how you run your classroom. It's a very decentralized system.

    Cons

    Intense and long days, too much curricula to cover in time allotted and expect to spend at least $1000 out of pocket for supplies and to support your kids each year.


  6. "Not good for subs"

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    Current Employee - Clerical Substitute in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clerical Substitute in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and variety in work locations. Some very nice people, depending on the school where you're working (there are over 100.)

    Cons

    Substitutes are rarely hired for full-time positions. Clerical Substitutes almost never hired into full-time permanent jobs. No benefits, no unemployment insurance during school breaks, and no sick days despite City law. Unless you start with a permanent job and benefits, forget it.


  7. "Special education teacher"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great kids and cooperative parents, very supportive community with deep respect for teachers.

    Cons

    Disorganized special education department, not usually in touch with the demands of FAPE.

    Advice to Management

    Listen respectfully to sped teachers and include them in your decision making, design for PD. Learn what constitutes significant FAPE is in evaluation of students and classroom practice and procedural FAPE will naturally be produced. Respect your teachers.


  8. "Middle school teacher"

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    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher
    Current Employee - Middle School Math Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The students are amazing, my immediate colleagues are great to work with.

    Cons

    Admin is incompetent and has little to no vision about goals for the school and/or community

    Advice to Management

    Use data to make staffing and instructional decisions. Get into the classrooms and do proper teacher evaluations.


  9. "Technology Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Tss
    Current Employee - Tss
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working with students, making an impact on educational success of students, being engaged in community, good support system from department

    Cons

    Lots of redundant work, Lots of school too few TSS positions, standardization across school only recently implemented, older, more established employees are often complacent


  10. "Teaching"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Salary comparable to other areas

    Cons

    segregated areas and extreme differences in resources available


  11. "Some schools are great while others are not, and the district is bloated and mismanaged"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Seattle Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous pay and benefits
    Union membership
    Collaboration among coworkers
    Excellent parent support

    Cons

    Inequity among schools in the district
    Many local, state, and federal funds stay at the district office, so schools have to hold fundraisers to buy books and basic supplies
    Systemic racism

    Advice to Management

    End or cut down a vast majority of the pet programs in the district office
    Have classroom teachers lead most professional development opportunities
    Actively recruit teachers of color (not just administrators and paraprofessionals)



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