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Review averages

  • 8 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    37.5%
    Good (3)
    37.5%
    Satisfactory (2)
    25%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.52
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

Reviews for Alexandria City Public Schools

Reviews - What employees say

3.52 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 22.Jun 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Very unorganized communication, limited follow through, and too much power given to biased and unprofessional individuals whose focus should be on the students but instead focuses more on their own ego. I watched great teachers resign to be part of a drill and kill test-prep culture. During my time there, I was advised by veteran teachers to essentially make up grades to keep administrators off of my back, and the students expressed the same awareness. Students readily acknowledged that they were simply given grades in the previous year that they knew that they did not earn, which unfortunately continued to show as a learned behavior in their work ethic. There are many great students here, but administrators also stated directly to ignore enrichment programs because they had to meet the needs of the students that were under-performing in order to attain full accreditation.

Support from management

As a new teacher, I was supposed to receive a new teacher mentor, which I did not discover until November of the school year. A supervisor observed my teaching three times informally with no feedback, and then lied outright on my first surprise formal observation. In 15 years of teaching, I had never received anything under satisfactory, and I considered satisfactory as low in my work. I have excelled in my role as a teacher in multiple settings with a variety of student populations.

Teamwork

The teaching teams were amazing here and were an excellent redeeming factor. If the teachers had more say in how they ran their classrooms and were not micromanaged

Freedom to work independently

Work and plans were constantly micromanaged. Decisions and orders were constantly given that limited the ability to strengthen critical and creative thinking for students.

Internal Communication

Continually misinformed about essential information from grading policies. There were over twenty students that had to re-assess the state test because accommodations were not met the first time as a result of poor communication.

Career Development

A great amount of potential to gain professional development and leadership roles if you can ride the nepotism and play the local politics well.

Office / Work Environment

Cockroaches, ants, mice constantly a problem throughout the year. Rooms were not cleaned well. Mold in the book shelves. Students often allowed to essentially roam halls during instruction.

Work-Life Balance

This was the first year that I did not hold a second job for supplemental income, and I worked harder this past year than any other year of teaching in fifteen years. Despite the long hours and the effectiveness the work paid off in regard to student growth, supervisors never seemed satisfied.

Workplace Safety

The lack of cameras in the building were also a problem. A long term substitute's personal computer was stolen from his desk by a student. Furthermore, the student was allowed to return to school for over a week after the laptop was found in the student's locker.

Challenging Work

If you like to be challenged, this is a great place for you. I learned a lot, but I had even more to offer if allowed to perform based on my experience and skills.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Allow the teachers to have a greater voice in decisions. Create a more efficient year-long plan. (Formal observations should not still be occurring after state testing.)

What I like about the company

There are many in the district that truly believe in what they are doing and are doing the best to give the students the best education possible.

What I dislike about the company

Lack of organization, nepotism, which naturally creates extremely unfair biases and inconsistencies.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Alexandria City Public Schools
  • City
    Alexandria
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • More autonomy to the employees

What I like about the company

The children are great and generally we are well provided with what we need to do our job.

What I dislike about the company

The politics of it all can get old.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Alexandria City Public Schools
  • City
    Alexandria
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • I really don't have anything specific with the exception of parental support with the teaching staff.

What I like about the company

This is my 2nd school district. My experience was quite different than the first. The school district for is great. A positive work environment that is huge in professional development. I work for a very supportive team, administrative and support staff. While teaching children can be a challenge, I am able to bring a little more insight, skills, and anatomy to my classroom each day.

What I dislike about the company

As with the teaching profession as whole teachers are underpaid across the board. I work for a smaller school district so opportunities for advancement are fewer than those of a larger school district.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Alexandria City Public Schools
  • City
    Alexandria
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered

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Review averages

  • 8 employees say

    Excellent (3)
    37.5%
    Good (3)
    37.5%
    Satisfactory (2)
    25%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    3.52
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

kununu score comparisons

Alexandria City Public Schools
3.52
8 reviews

Industry average (Primary & Secondary Education/Higher Education/E-Learning)
3.59
56,367 reviews

kununu average
3.30
2,677,000 reviews