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Fairfax County Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools
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Fairfax County Public Schools Ratings
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3.9Work-Life Balance
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3.7Job Security & Advancement
Falls Church, VA
$500M to $1B (USD)
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Substitute Teacher | Fairfax County, VA | Aug 27, 2018
Subbing can prove the best and the worst job ever
Subbing at FCPS is convenient for the most part but highly dependent on your experience, your relationships with the kids, the staff, and the administrators. The pay is okay, but for not enough in many cases, particularly when you have special ed classes where the risk of injury may be possible and having some experience and training with populations is helpful. Staff may vary in attitude towards you. Some teachers and IAs are demanding and give you scant directions, yet expect you to keep up. Others are more helpful and are able to explain things to you. The challenge of subbing is that you’re often not privvy to the kids’ background info and, unless the teachers instruct you how to handle them, you find out the hard way. Some schools and classes are more challenging then others, depending on their kids’ special needs. Getting to know the kids definitely helps. Staff who are more informative and willing to not “throw you to the wolves” are wonderful. Otherwise, there are those who enjoy badmouthing subs and judge you on the spot, despite it being your first day or being given insufficient info or chances to get to learn. Teachers and other staff are given the chance to bond with their kids over time. The challenge with subbing is being able to form a strong, working rapport and enough trust with the kids to get them to perform for you. Sometimes they work better for you because you don’t have that built up hostility where they keep butting heads with the same staff. That is
ProsWorking with kids, feeling needed and appreciated (mostly), flexibility, some fcps discounts
ConsLow pay, lack of respect depending on students, school and staff, Lack of benefits—no paid vacations or snow days, negative attitudes towards subs, l
Teacher | Fairfax County, VA | Nov 5, 2020
An organization with great potential but falls short
I’ve been with FCPS for over a decade. It’s basically like working at The Office but the teacher version. The workload and demands are always increasing while they cut PD quality and availability. Administrators have a great deal of autonomy and power, often ignoring county guidelines and messages. When they break laws or county policy, there are no consequences other than getting sued and the county paying out. They keep their jobs. The public doesn’t see this side of the leadership structure and culture. Teachers are not supported, even more so than I’ve experienced in other districts and when there are clear reasons to do so. You are treated as highly disposable and replaceable, regardless of how many awards or endorsements you may have earned. My workload and work expectations are unsustainable and inappropriate, as well as ever increasing. The pay looks good, when coming from outside this expensive region, but I have to tutor after school and work summers to make ends meet in this region. It’s an exhausting grind. There’s a lot of talk, even all the right talk, but it’s rarely backed up with action. Administrators will pass you over for other opportunities when you are good in the classroom, not wanting to “lose” you. However, they end up losing good people to other professions anyway, while promoting mediocracy instead. It’s a dysfunctional school distract that looks great on the outside because we have a lot of money to throw at problems and a community who values and
ProsExcellent health benefits, amazing student population to work with, very diverse and international population; You’ll adore your students!
ConsWorkload, lack of compensation or professional opportunities for the demands, inadequate pay for the area, lack of authentic & supportive leadership (very fake, says one thing/does another), pleasing clients matter much more than being an effective teacher, lack of work-life balance
English Teacher | Alexandria, VA | Nov 8, 2017
Great place to work
Fairfax County Public Schools is a good institution to work for because of the flexibility of the schedule, the variety of locations to work, the opportunity for professional development and the option for career advancement. A typical day at work for me includes doing in-take interviews with potential new students and their parents, which means making sure all of the administrative paperwork is accurate and sent to the correct people in a timely manner. I then teach four English classes to probationary students, which range from grades 9-12, and special education to honors. When the students leave for the day, I answer emails, fill out court paperwork for the students, have meetings with the juvenile court staff, enroll or dis-enroll any students entering or leaving our program, contact schools for student transcripts, review students' IEP's, document each student's behavior and academic progress for the day, create lesson plans, grade papers, review the day's events and make changes where necessary. I work at an interagency school, which means Fairfax County Public Schools pairs up with another agency, in this case, Fairfax County Juvenile Court. This means I have two sets of management; those on the school side and those on the court side. Both are wonderful to work with: supportive, hands on, accommodating and efficient. The hardest part of the job is dealing with students who have so many disadvantages and cannot always see beyond their difficult circumst
Prostime off, the hours, professional development, variety, quick pace, management
Consdifficult circumstances with students, pay
SQL Developer | Alexandria, VA | May 16, 2018
I have learnt a lot from Fairfax County Public Schools
As the daily activities of a SQL Server Database Administrator depends on many other things such as nature of Tickets issued by the Supervisor or the problems/issues that straight way come to me from the end users i.e. users of the application servers. Some times I have to perform almost similar type of works such as monitor the server activity and tune up its performance if it slowed down anyway. Ensure that all automated jobs such as backup, recovery and maintenance plans are running well; if not take immediate action to resolve the same upon detection and analyzing the RC behind it. As a regular routine work I also ensure that all automated jobs have good error handling process like automated alert settings and others and those are up running perfectly well. We also have native and third party monitoring tools in place to monitor and ensure the up-time and availability of the system. On regular basis I also verify that the system has the appropriate security in order to protect the data within it. I also monitor the available disk space and growth rate of the databases on regular basis and maintain a record of it. I also monitor the SQL Server Logs, Windows Logs and tempDB files regular basis. I also monitor the HA and DR logs such as Mirroring, Log Shipping, Replication and AlwaysOn Availability Groups regularly. I also check the escalated issues and resolve the same on priority basis and SLA. If I find any strange issue (such as network or IO relate
High School Teacher | Fairfax, VA | Mar 3, 2013
Experience varies depending on location and teaching subject area
Your experience will vary greatly depending on is you work for the county, at a specific school, or teach in a specific subject area. When working with teachers from other schools, I always got the impression that my principal was more flexible and understanding. I've enjoyed working for my administration team. They're mostly helpful and good listeners and usually have teachers' backs. The hardest part about the job is the work/life balance. If you want to be a good teacher, it's like you have to give up your life 10 months of the year. There is a lot of paperwork and meetings I didn't have in other school districts. Get involved, but keep yourself first. Communication from the county to the school administration to the teachers is terrible! There are often opportunities to voice your opinion or send a representative, but sometimes it feels like it's just for show because we often don't get a compromise or a response about why a compromise is not possible. Expectations are not communicated clearly. Many teachers have the impression that no one at the county level makes decisions, so we walk around not knowing what is expected of us. We just try to teach as best we can and hope it suffices. The handling of the new state-required evaluation process has been a failure, but I think this year is kind of being treated as a "let's see how it goes." The nature of the evaluation forced me to have a lower evaluation than last year, just because that's how it is. That's not their fau
Proslots of funding compared to other districts, lots of pd opportunities, educationally-minded community, limited tuition assistance
Conslots of paperwork, high anxiety problem among students, lots of pressure from community, only three personal days a year that roll into sick leave, lack of educational freedom and creativity
Senior Compliance Officer | Fairfax, VA | Oct 1, 2013
Wonderful, smart people to work with. Learn something new and interesting everyday. Challenging daily problem solving.
A typical day at work involves working on ADA accommodations, religious accommodations, and EEO complaint cases. Talking to employees, doctors, lawyers, principals, other management. With complaints: Conducting interviews with complainant, witnesses, and other individuals. Reviewing evidence provided and looking for supporting evidence. Reviewing comparative data, personnel files, emails, evaluations. Analyze evidence and deliver findings, follow up with complainant, accused, and management verbally and in writing. Recommend corrective action when violation is found. With ADA cases- review the medical information, engage in interactive process with employee and physician, make ADA determination, work with manager on granting accommodation in the workplace. Follow up verbally and in writing. Interact with employees who are seeking religious accommodations and work with managers on granting reasonable accommodations. Develop training for diversity/harassment. Review and rewrite regulations. Conduct mediations between employees who are having a workplace conflict. I've learned how to conduct internal and external investigations, write findings reports, response letters, and position statements to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I stay up to day on recent EEO trends and court rulings. I've learned how to successfully engage in the interactive process regarding ADA and religious accommodations. Most of the management here at FCPS is excellent. V
ProsThere is a gym in the building and they offer classes.
ConsIt is far from my home, involves a lot of driving at times.
Security Specialist | Alexandria, VA | May 12, 2016
Working for FCPS has been quite rewarding and has provided me with the opportunity to grow professionally.
A typical work day for me begins with greeting the students as they arrive for the day and assessing they're moods as they enter the building. This give me the opportunity to have an idea of what the work day may be like. It also allows me to address the needs of our students right away when necessary. My staff and I do our best to provide a safe and secure environment for the school community through out the day. I have learned that my responsibility is more than just the physical security of the building and the people in it. It is also about creating relationships with our students and supporting the complete mission of the school which is our students success. The management / administrators have been very supportive and really seem to understand what challenges that the security team faces day to day. At present I am fortunate to have a great staff working for me. As far as the other staff people I get along well with most but maintain a professional relationship with everyone. The hardest part of the job is that our student have many personal challenges and this can sometimes make it difficult for them to focus on why they come to school. It's not just my job to implement the rules of FCPS but to also try and redirect students back into the classroom when I can. The most enjoyable part of my job is watching students who were once freshmen make it to the day when I get to see them walk across the stage and graduate as seniors and that I had an opportunity to play a
ProsThe professional training is excellent
Consadvancement is very slow.
Speaker | Alexandria, VA | Jun 15, 2016
Spanish Teacher
Working with Fairfax County Public schools is rewarding. We work as teachers; our goal is to cater to the students' needs. We work as a team and we get a lot done during our Common planning. A typical day at work would include greeting the students as they walk into the classroom. Students would write the agenda for the day and complete the warm up. (the warm up is usually on their desk or they pick the handout from me.) After the bell rings, I enter the classroom, explain what our objective is for the day and quickly review the agenda of the day. We do many activities to reinforce the lesson taught for the day. For example, if I am teaching a grammar concept, students read aloud one or two paragraphs (together as one), a power point is presented, a video is reinforced, and a hands on activity is handed out to reinforce lesson taught. Assessments are administered on a daily basis, however, in a different way. Jeopardy, guess the word or phrase game (such as wheel-of-fortune), toss the ball around the classroom and my favorite game of all KAHOOT. Each day is different and students enjoy the variety. The hardest part of the job includes completing the county requirements. We can't spend too much time conversing with our colleagues because we have to complete deadlines that are required to maintain our certification points. The most enjoyable part of this job is calling a parent with a positive report of their child. Second, is when a student (with or without an IEP) und
Support Staff | Fairfax, VA | Oct 21, 2019
Not sure what to say
The following review only applies to support staff Not sure how much I should complain as this is the best job I ever had out of 4 jobs. But still not that great. Support staff and manual labor staff is understaffed and overworked. Pay is decent, relative to the private sector, which is a low bar. Not enough to live on own even in the middle pay grade for my position. Not particularly community oriented (although they sure pretend to be), most people only care about keeping their job at any cost, not really anything else. Work culture was basically office lottery pools and pastries once in a while, but people were friendly. Supervisors and administration were pampered, did nothing most of the day. Low grade workers did 99.9% of the work. It's an age and nepotism based environment. A lot of old people with serious health conditions just clocking in. If you get in full time and do your job, you stay in, but it's not worth staying just because you have job security. Most things are made purposefully inefficient by staff to fill worker time. No down time. Place started micromanaging before I left. Still better than the private sector, which for most jobs is like 1s for everything.
Prosdecent pay relative to private sector, friendly workers
Consoverworked and understaffed support staff, administration makes only selfish decisions, not actually community focused
Dance Instructor | Reston, VA | Aug 6, 2012
Opportunity to learn from children, explore with them, bond to them and help them expand their education.
As I am currently working with children of all ages from Kindergarten until 6th grade, I have learned that even though there are more than two dozen children in my classroom, each must be treated and responded to in a different way. This has helped me learn more about each and every one of them, and also helped me learn more aspects about myself. I am in charge of developing teaching plans but am encourged to develop a method that can be flexible enough to benefit every child. This is indeed one of the hardest qualities of the job. The next hardest part of the job is to work with children under the age of 9, and being able to control them in the classroom and accomplish our goals simultaneuously. I teach mostly dance (Hip-Hop and Dance) in an after-school activities program, but have also worked as a teacher's assistant in the summer at a Magnet and GT elementary school.
Prosbeing with children constantly, receiving their input for classroom activities, fun work environment.
Conshuge responsibility, and must be willing to put teaching plan priorities aside, to ensure each child is satisfied and comfortable before continuing.

Questions And Answers about Fairfax County Public Schools

Will they require a drug screen test
Asked Jun 17, 2016
No, they do not require a drug screen test only for TB.
Answered Aug 21, 2019
Very outgoing people person hard working good with hands always on time for work
Answered Dec 7, 2018
What benefits does Fairfax County Public Schools offer?
Asked Jun 28, 2016
Answered Nov 1, 2017
None for my job classification.
Answered Oct 9, 2017
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Fairfax County Public Schools a better place to work?
Asked Feb 17, 2018
It would be truly equitable and student centered, and not just give lip service to equity and students’ needs. FCPS is known for saying one thing and doing the other. It’s a gaslighting work culture, from the top down.
Answered Nov 15, 2020
I would make sure that the Teachers did more with the Special Needs Children, instead following the Curriculum, sometimes the Children need a ONE ON ONE TIME. THANK YOU
Answered Oct 11, 2018
How did you get your first interview at Fairfax County Public Schools?
Asked Feb 17, 2018
I applied.
Answered Dec 30, 2019
Through the technical theater class at my school
Answered Jul 18, 2018
How are the working hours at Fairfax County Public Schools?
Asked Oct 16, 2016
Regular business hours
Answered Jun 12, 2018
Hours are 8:45-4:15 Monday-Friday.
Answered Apr 12, 2017