Which one to pick?

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  1. Angelhair

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    it looks like today is my luck day. I got three job offers. But it is essentially pick from two school districts.

    1. Better school district, way better neighborhood, enormous school with nearly 4000 students, nice diversified working environment. Downside, too long to commute. A hour drive one way. If class starts at 7:20. I have to leave home around 5:45 am.

    2. Ok school district, not so good neighborhood, smaller school, everyone seems friendly; but teachers and staffs are not so diversified and I have concern about being a Lone Ranger. But commute is doable, about 25 minute drive. Greatschools rating of 2 is slightly lower than 1.

    I have 3 kids (two younger ones) As a new teacher, not sure which one fits better or could have a balance of life and work. Your suggestion is greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I'd take the smaller, closer school.
     
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    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Are pay and benefits the same?
     
  5. Angelhair

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    Yes. It is all standardized.
     
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    I don't take all Greatschools ratings at face value, but on their scale, the best score is a 10, so a 2 would concern me enough to do some extra research on the school. I wouldn't automatically rule the school out, but I would ask around as to what it's really like.
     
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    Thank. Good point!
     
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    Is moving closer to district 1 an option?
     
  9. Angelhair

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    No. I hope in a few year I can work a way out to my home school district. It is much nicer school district.
     
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    Well, I don't like huge schools, and I would rather teach at a Title 1 school (I'm assuming that's what you mean by "not so good neighborhood"), so I'd pick 2 anyway. But honestly, the commute alone would do it for me. An hour one way would make me miserable. 2 hours a day in a car is a LOT, and there are a lot of other things you could be doing with that time. But it probably depends on you and how you feel about commuting, etc.
     
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    The feeling I get is that you would choose option 1 in a heartbeat if the commute was shorter. So it's up to you on whether the extra hour a day spent commuting should you choose option 1 makes a difference. Better neighbourhood does not mean easier job. They can have their own set of problems which can be equally challenging.
     
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    Like others have said, a "better" school/neighborhood doesn't necessarily mean a more enjoyable work experience. There are a lot of other factors that go into that. I worked at a Great Schools 2 school at one point and, for the most part, loved it. I drive an hour each way for work now and most days it doesn't bother me at all. I kind of enjoy the time. But I don't have kids at home. If I did, I think it would probably feel more like lost time. It also makes being involved in/or attending any after school/evening events challenging. I also know that, for me personally, leaving at 5:45 every day would get real old, real fast. I can leave by 6:40 for my school and still be okay.
     
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    Thank you everyone. I decided to go with district 2. I just find out even though both schools have the same base salary for the new teachers. School #2 has much higher compensation for math/science and bilingual candidates, which I fit for both categories. I will earn $6,000 more.
     
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