Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools

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Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Excellent Workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay , great benefit , good with understanding emergencies and approving time off

    Cons

    No PD for Office staff


  2. Mathematics Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great collaboration and team work.... Staff is very supportive

    Cons

    Administration is unorganized. No collaboration and is very unstable.

    Advice to Management

    Work together


  3. Avoid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sys Administrative in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sys Administrative in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers, specifically teachers and some of the staff.

    Cons

    Chiefs didn't and wouldn't care about you. Replaceable attitude towards people. Below avg salaries A lot of people fled and you should be thinking too. Make it as a stepping stone to work somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Excellent experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tutor, Math, English and Thesis in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Tutor, Math, English and Thesis in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Small school, close to the Capitol, shops and restaurants, hip mostly young faculty, encourages innovative, creative teaching. Since it's small, you can get to know students, staff and faculty well. Good location for field trips without need of buses - just take the metro a couple of stops and you'll be at Capitol, Botanic Garden and most Smithsonian museums.

    Cons

    The usual issues with students who come from low-income families under stress. Some may have significant family dysfunction and a significant number are way below par in academic abilities.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Disorganized, hostile work environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, students are great too. You'll have the normal classroom management issues that you have with any school, but it's not like dcps

    Cons

    Students didn't have complete schedules until three weeks into the school year, they changed the grading policy several times during the year, they forced teachers to sub each other's classes, they micromanage every aspect of your teaching and let go of teachers they don't like, even those that have been there for years, they treat you like children at PD meetings

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking teachers for feedback if you're going to ignore it in the end. Teachers are not robots, we are passionate and experienced educators and deserve to be treated as such.


  7. Students are great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great working relationship with co-workers.

    Cons

    Administration turn over frequently always having to start over with daily operations.

    Advice to Management

    Staff will benefit from well balanced staff developments,


  8. Would not recommend

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Lead Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teachers are wonderful - Collaborative, flexible, intelligent, hardworking. Most of the kids are on board with the program and want to do well in school. Many families are dedicated. The school is better than your typical neighborhood urban school, but not by much.

    Cons

    Those students who are not on board never receive adequate consequences and so basically continue to do what they want. When the systems break down, the administration changes them instead of talking with the folks who are helping the system break down. Contract hours were 7am until 5pm, leaving little time for a work/life balance. The administration promises things that it never delivers on.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a system and stick with it. Stop changing things every couple of months. The school needs stability.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Avoid at all costs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Really good about approving time off and any emergencies that may occur Good Healthcare

    Cons

    Horrible pay, treatment, environment, bad office politics, the students/parents are ghetto and yell and all sorts of drama. The management doesn't know what they are doing and are two faced. Will fire you if they do not like you. I wasn't fired but know people that were.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great learning experience, but high turnover rate.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The students are great. It is one of the higher performing public charter schools in DC. Also, all the teachers are very hard working.

    Cons

    Too many changes within the year, which throws off teachers. In addition, the compensation is at least $5000 lower than DCPS salary.

    Advice to Management

    All teachers should feel like their voice matters. Administration needs to side to teachers at all times in order to establish a stronger culture.



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