Numerous Openings same school

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  1. krhrvey44

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    I am in VA and check a website for openings from time to time. This may be a dumb question but there seems to some schools that have a lot of openings. Is this a school you would want to steer away from? New to the teaching (not teaching yet but taking career switcher courses) but curious why certain schools have so many openings.
     
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    Some schools are new, some schools had many retire recently, and some schools have difficulty keeping teachers. Look into if these openings are always available, what types of positions they are for, as well as average years service of the staff.

    Do a little research before you apply to see what the school is all about.
     
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    thanks for the info. Just didn't want to jump into a frying pan if that were the case.
     
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    It could be because of a change in admin. There are always people wanting to leave when new admin comes in.

    It could also be because the school isn't very good.

    When I got my first teaching job, I was one of almost 40 new hires at that particular school. That was more than 1/3 of the teaching staff! When I saw all those other people, I thought, What have I gotten myself into?! It turns out that it was fine and that there were just a lot of new positions available that year, not really as much turnover.
     
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    Is it one specific school that has a lot of openings or a district that has a lot? Some districts are so huge (I know VA has big ones) so they may have something like 200 openings, but that is because they have thousands on their staff. My district hired 45 teachers this year, but we have 23 schools. If it is just one specific school, I'd do some research and find out. If you get offered a job, I wouldn't be nervous about asking why there were so many openings.
     
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    There are many reasons for numerous openings. In Texas the new high schools will begin the first year with only a freshman and sophomore class so that kids that are already juniors and seniors can finish out their high school careers where they began. Each year the schools add a new freshman class until the school is 9-12. This may not happen all over Texas, but that is how we do things round here. So, an outsider looking in may see many new positions but in reality, it is because they are adding a new freshman class. Could be that... could be other factors. Good luck!
     
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    If it is in southeast VA, it is a military area with lots of teachers leaving every three years due to military transfers.

    Some school systems are huge, and have many openings.

    Some are fine and some are terrible places to work.

    If it is southeast VA, send me a note.
     
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    It could be anything...retirement, resignation, a shift in grade levels that made people want to leave, etc. I wish I had been more aware of all the openings when I took my first teaching job! The whole 5th grade left...with good reason! Two years later the whole 5th grade is gone again, save for one.
     
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    Sometimes it's because a lot are retiring, other times it could be because of a new admin. and people leave. I did work my 1st year at a school that has a high turnover rate every year regardless of admin. - it's rough and only few ever stay. You may need to do more research into it.
     
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    We'll have a number of openings this year.

    We've buried 5 staff members since September. Not all have been teachers, but we've simply had an awful year.
     
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    Unbelievable. My condolences.
     
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    Sorry, didn't mean to hijack.

    But sometimes job openings come up simply because that's the way the dice have landed. There's not always some deeper meaning.

    As Freud said: "Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar."
     
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    Smurfette my condolences you and your school. Thanks for the info. As I will be new into education i t makes me a little nervous with the current job market to so many openings at one school but you guys make valid points.
     
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    The condolences are not for me, it's Alice. Anyway, I did work at a school that had a lot of job openings, and it was because the principal was terrible. Out of 12 classroom teachers, 3 stayed. That doesn't even count every single specialist who ran screaming. Definitely do some research first.
     
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    Also, it could be a growing area. Every year the enrollment at my school has gone up (even though there is no new construction, just more people sharing one house/apartment), so each year we have had to quite a few teachers to keep our classroom sizes down.
     
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    Besides all that... one teacher's lemon might be another teacher's lemonade! Think about it! You will know when you walk in the door if the school is a just right fit. I call it intuition!
     
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    Yes, go for the interview (if you are offered) and check the place out yourself!
     
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    If you want the truth then you will have to do your homework! Look at test scores, ratings, news articles, etc. Driving by the school and seeing the area is always eye opening! I once applied to a school and when I drove to check it out many of the windows had wood over them! That and their test scores told me everything I needed to know!
     
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    Thanks for all the help. Where can you check a schools test scores?
     
  21. HOPE-fulTeacher

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    Test scores, yearly AYP reports, and school improvement plans are usually all on a district's website. They can give you some good insights into the district's performance, but also keep in mind that even if a school has poor test scores, factors other than it being a "bad" district or having "bad" teachers may be the reason. (ie: Higher number of SpEd. students in the district, higher numbers of ESL students, a lower socioeconomic population, a higher migrant population, etc.) The district I'm a LTS in right now doesn't score the best when compared to schools around the area, but it also serves a way different population than other area schools. I would still consider it a great district, and I have seen firsthand how caring and knowledgeable the staff & administration are.

    Another thing that I do when checking out a school is see how they rank on sites like greatschools.com. It's only a small factor for me, but if there are a lot of negative comments from parents about the teachers or administration, it does kind of make me wonder...

    Hope this helps!
     

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