DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 30, 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)

Cons
  • 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. DC Public School --Substitute Employment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    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.


  2. Whats the point?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    DCPS offers higher starting salaries than the surrounding school districts. The Health Benefits are great and if you join WTU you get Vision and Dental Benefits. That's it, the pros are salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Oh, where to start? PD's are a joke and just too many initiatives to implement them all. IMPACT is a joke, especially at a 40/40 school. Teachers are rated poorly to avoid being Effective or Highly Effective so they either don't get the bonus or salary increase. School Administration needs culture and climate training. Most teachers look out for themselves because there is job security and have to worry about yourself. Work life and family life balance is difficult for a single person and can only imagine what teachers with families have to contend with. The only way to have a long career in DCPS is to not expect to have a long career with DCPS. Do good work and get IMPACT'ed out after 3 years, then go to a surrounding district. They certainly understand why you're coming.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your office and visit schools, without informing the Media. For a matter of fact they should take over a teachers classroom for a week to implement all the initiatives they are coming up with while in their office. However, make sure they are at 40/40 schools to see what teachers really have to contend with while implementing these ever changing initiative's.


  3. DCPS Presently

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay. Past colleagues the best for 20 years.

    Cons

    New management has no confidence in employees. Children are tested too much. Very little progress with new teaching strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Include teachers in future curriculum planning. Provide children with more effective learning strategies.


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  5. Carzy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Science Teacher in Washington, DC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  6. teaching

    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    committed teachers, very motivated staff

    Cons

    lack of organization, constant moving pieces


  7. Helpful (1)

    Fast Changing District

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    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.


  8. Great place to work! Grew so much professional and personally!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Inspiring leadership and great mission oriented culture. I enjoyed my coworkers and learned a lot from the organization and culture.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough - but if you set your boundaries it's great! I struggled sometimes with leaving work - sometimes you feel like theres a lot to do and you want to do it all!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide more support to managers and develop opportunities for managers to grow. Overall - management was great - continue to develop people!


  9. Helpful (1)

    UELIP Internship Program

    Former Employee - UELIP Associate
    Former Employee - UELIP Associate

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    Good professional development opportunities through the UELIP program

    Cons

    My supervisor did not always have work for me to do.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Impactful

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    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)

    DCPS

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Music Teacher in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. I got to bulld relationships with students and parents.

    Cons

    Most of the schools are in terrible shape. Teachers do not get support. IMPACT does not work.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new Chancellor!



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