Private School Salaries?

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  1. SportsJunkie25

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    Does anyone have any information on the salary of a 1st yr teacher at a private school? How much would I make, in CA?

    If I was working for a public school, in the district, I'd start @ 39K or 44K (if they accept my grad school classes/hours/credits).
     
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    My private school paid me 38k with no benefits. That was a private elementary school in Castro Valley, CA.
     
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    Private and Catholic schools salaries are substantially less than public schools. (For example, in Pennsylvania, a Doctorate degree plus 25 years experience gets you $52,000 (+/-) a year in the Catholic high schools.)
     
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    Independent schools generally pay better than other private schools. As far as I know, some independent school in California has the minimum salary at $55,000 a year.
     
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    See PM

    Yeah, I know that...I was just wondering what the starting salary would be in CA. I've always heard how they pay substantially less...

    Is a religious school considered an independent school? Like, the Christian/Catholic/Lutheran private schools?
     
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    No. Go to see the website of The National Association of Independent Schools.

    http://www.nais.org/about/index.cfm?Itemnumber=145842
     
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    Not all private schools pay less. I make about $5,000 more per year in private school than in public school, paid retirement, optional 401 K plus paid health insurance.
     
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    I agree Chemteacher.

    My private school averages 10 locals districts and determines our pay scale from that. So I do better than some local public schools, and not as well as others.
     
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    I teach 5th grade, but I work at a private school so I thought I'd jump in to the discussion. I'm not sure how my school figures out the pay, but I'm a first year teacher, teaching science (I believe they do pay the teachers more for science because there aren't a lot of us around) and I found a teacher who had the same stuff going on as me (1st year science teacher) in my area and the person made $10k more than me. I'm not sure what the benefits are like comparing the two, but I pay $60 a month for myself. (From other threads around here I see that is a lot less than some other people are paying)

    Of course there are plenty of other perks too--- I got a new Mac laptop with a TON of software that I would put at around $2000 if not more. It's for school use and personal use too. Plus the curriculum is amazing--- much better than I've seen in public school and if I need any supplies, I can order it and if there's books I want to read, I can ask to order them and the dept will pick up the cost due to it being professional development for me.

    But money wise, yes I'm making less. Do I regret it? Not one bit. :)
     
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    My wife teaches English at a local catholic school. She has more experience than me (and just as much education, besides the JD) and makes 10K less a year.
     
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    I'm not in California, but my school is NAIS and our salaries are comparable to the local public schools. I make less than I would in some districts, but more than I would in other districts.

    Independent schools are not religious schools, necessarily. There are Independent schools that ARE religious, but they usually follow the NAIS guidelines so the pay should be better.
     
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    Thanks for all of the info! :thumb: I'll check out that website...
     
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    I was in private schools for 22 years, and when I left to go to public school, I was making under $30,000 full time, with all that experience. Usually the "country day" type schools--the high priced ones--pay the best of private schools. But be prepared for some parents saying "I'm not paying X dollars a year for my child to make a C", etc. As long as the admin. will back you up, it's OK.
     
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    My interviewer told me I should think of how I'd respond to this b/c I'll probably hear this. So, what do you say? I know what I'd be thinking but I'm not quite sure how I'd respond...nicely. :rolleyes:

    It's kind of like, I'm not "giving" your child a grade; he/she is earning it. Maybe they should pay attention, study, do their homework, take advantage of help sessions, etc. :eek:
     
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    My point exactly! That's a great answer! My problem in my last private school was, the admin. wanted me to pass a child and falsify his report card because the grandfather gave a bunch of money to the school. They wouldn't listen to me or back me up. Turns out the next year and the year after that, the kid wasn't any better, and he got expelled--he and grandpa's money! Your answer is right on!
     
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    When I left Catholic school 9 years ago, my salary increased by 2 1/2 times. I do hear that my former Catholic school now pays substantially more than they used to, but still not competitive with local public schools.
     
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    I teach in a Catholic school in Ohio. I've been there nearly 10 years, and I make $30K. Pathetic, but now I'm stuck; no public school will hire me because I am too expensive! I keep trying to get out. I love teaching at my school, but I just don't make enough!
     
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    Does that mean that if we increase tuition, EVERYONE gets an A??? And that if we decrease it $10 a month, everyone goes down a letter grade??
     
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    I always love this question, because as you can see by this thread, there is absolutely NO salary consistency between the private/parochial/independent schools. You won't find it among all Lutheran or all Catholic school either. For the most part all school are autonomous.
     
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    Yes, I've noticed that. I'd be living in an expensive city so I'm just going to aim high and go from there. We'll see what they say...

     
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    I am going to school in CA for a teaching credential in Math (not including Calculus/subtest III).

    How much do first year Math teachers get paid at a private school and a public school in California?

    Thanks!
     
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    Private schools are autonomous and each district has their own pay schedule.
     
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    Absolutely autonomous. A teacher friend of one of my teacher friends makes over $80,000 per year at a Catholic school in a large Texas city. I live 100 miles from there and made less than half of that at Catholic school.
     

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