DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  • I think it's an ideal place for a person who really want to make a difference (in 5 reviews)

  • DCPS has the tremendous potential to become a leading force in urban education and education reform (in 4 reviews)

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  • Limited respect for work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Poor communication with and from management; "clique" oriented environment in the central office; closed door harassment, hostility and denegration of (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Depends on the School

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best teacher pay you will find, and a strong union that will ensure you get paid for days you have to use your planning period to substitute for another teacher.

    Cons

    Your school and your principal will do a lot to determine how happy you are. Unfortunately, even with a great principal, he or she will be very limited in what they can do because of such high levels of oversight and control from downtown.


  2. Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Help to contribute in shaping lives of children lax work life balance

    Cons

    Cliques Can't move up unless people like your "fun" personality, regardless of talent super young directors who were friends with prior managers and when they left, they would be "acting" and then get the job no transparency no real raises

    Advice to Management

    Show employees that you are appreciative for all the extra hard work try to promote quality and not who is your friend


  3. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools (More than a year)

    Pros

    The students are willing to learn.

    Cons

    The teacher evaluation (IMPACT) is too subjective and bias. I strongly recommend that the teacher evaluation tool to replaced with a "STUDENT PERSPECTIVE EVALUATION" and an outside source--totally separate from DCPS.

    Advice to Management

    The upper management, in my opinion, need to adopt a more equitable and fair process of addressing employees concerns. Too many at the upper level are looking the other way when good employees are being mistreated.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The pay is great

    • Work/Life Balance
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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

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    IF you are looking to teach in DC and make good money, DC Public Schools is the move.

    Cons

    If you value your sanity, your time, consistency and real support DCPS is not the place for you if you are a teacher. IF you are merely looking to teach for a couple of years and then move on DC is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Develop the talent you already have. You've done a little, but could do more. The MAIN reason people stay is the money. That should not be the case when talking about education.


  6. DCPS Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work for DCPS is the joys of meeting new families, interacting with students and being apart of their academic, maturity and social growth.

    Cons

    Some of the downfalls for working with DCPS is not always receiving g the compensation you deserve, especially for school staff. You can receive a highly effective rating on your impact and will never be compensated for like teachers receive.sometimes working with families you can get involved emotionally and really see the hardships that families face and so.etimes its hard to see the people you have grown to love face adversity and difficult challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Offer compensation for the dedicated and hard working staff.


  7. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated to seeing children in an urban school setting succeed and obtain a full successful completion of education in the District of Columbia.

    Cons

    A lot of parents are not as aggressive as they should be in the daily requirements and in the participation of seeing that their children are a success.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reach out to parents and to provide researched based programs and coursework, especially in the area of reading and math.


  8. DC Public School --Substitute Employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Variety of schools to choose to work at.

    Cons

    Some teachers sometime don't leave plans and work for students. Substitute teachers need better pay.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fast Changing District

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    High salary. Great benefits. Living in DC. Professional advancement.

    Cons

    Teachers face tremendous challenges from all fronts and are forced to have an imbalanced family life.

    Advice to Management

    Help teachers have a balanced family life and you will have more effective teachers.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Impactful

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -High salary for teachers -Good benefits (comprehensive health insurance but review the options carefully). -Strong Union and Union benefits

    Cons

    -Impact review system of teachers can ruin their careers. A friend had her 5 observations that all had her as a "highly effective teacher," then the test scores came out and her 4.8/5.0 score dropped to 2.9 making her "minimally effective." Keep in mind her class was 100% below the poverty line and 70% English Language Learner. Seems unfair to me!

    Advice to Management

    Reconsider Impact as it has some serious implication for the people you need the most, teachers


  11. Helpful (1)

    Carzy

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay for education.

    Cons

    Absolutely the craziest work environment I've ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. Jumping to a new strategy every 6 weeks is crazy and does not work.



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