DC Public Schools

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DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
57 Reviews
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Pros
  • I think it's an ideal place for a person who really want to make a difference (in 5 reviews)

  • smart, committed people passionate about education reform (in 4 reviews)


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

  • Some central office departments are plagued by extreme office politics and managers who resort to employee intimidation (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great organization. Interested in innovation and efficiency

    Cons

    As an intern, I lack the experience and knowledge to critique this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    From sample teaching presentation, to the planning and implementation of actual experiences, I felt heard in DCPS.

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    Former Employee - Long-term Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Long-term Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at DC Public Schools part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I received personal growth, work and life balance, and unlimited resources to assist the student to succeed as well as advance.

    Cons

    Placing around the school: Illegal to have a cell phone and earphones in school. Student will be fined for displaying or using them anywhere on education property of learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More onsite school one-on-one mentor-ship and internship to at-risk students. Career Fairs, exploratory sessions for different careers(Ethics, Barriers, City and State Job Search and Creating Resumes, Interviewing sessions) to the desired field of career or foundation prerequisites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    DCPS - Good place to start, but not to stay.

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Flexible
    - Can be a creative working environment
    - Great place to start and learn
    - Good People

    Cons

    - Unstable work schedules during busy season
    - Undeveloped infrastructure
    - Chaotic/Unorganized
    - Not much room for growth
    - Lack of Accountability
    - Plenty of unfinished projects
    - High Turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management could be more organized and more involved in developing their staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    A mess, but teacher's salaries are the highest in the country

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High salary, great benefits, and you have the chance to work with a diverse student population as well as some incredibly talented and smart young (and experienced) teachers. Also, when you move to a different district, which you inevitably will, your experience in DCPS will make all future experiences seem like a breeze.

    Cons

    Incompetence oozes from the very core of this system. Standards limit teachers to reading, math, and writing almost exclusively. Money is actually there, but is used in all the wrong places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This system is so messed up, I don't know where to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Politics

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    Good starting pay, lots of money in budget, good facilities

    Cons

    Not a lot of training, thrown into the classroom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More support

  7.  

    Best job I have had to date.

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent agency to work for.

    Cons

    No negatives experienced so far to speak of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Hard working teachers, broken system

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

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Better pay than most public schools

    Cons

    No support; no recognition; not sustainable workload and hours. No career track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The system needs to be fixed to support teachers or they will keep burning out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    You are mostly on your own...

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    Former Employee - World Languages Instructor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - World Languages Instructor in Washington, DC

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with young people can be very rewarding. Teaching allows you to be constantly challenged, it is never boring and it allows you to be creative. You have to be resourceful, and use deductive and inductive reasoning every day. It can be very stressful at times, but it's also a wonderful experience to be able to reflect and "start again" every school year (or semester).

    Cons

    Lesson planning, grading, reflecting on the lessons is extremely time-consuming. Be prepared to work on the weekend and/or long days. Administrators are not generally helpful; the best I've experienced was benign neglect. Professional development is seldom useful in the classroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your teachers like the professionals they are, not like wayward children. Administrators should support teachers; arrogance and disrespect are unhelpful. Visit and observe classrooms more than twice a year (my experience).

    Recommends
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    Constant Challenge and Growth Opportunities and Rewards

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    The special needs and general education population in my high school never allows one to become bored or bureaucratic. Working with students living in very stressful situations and trying to build bonds with their parents is always a challenge that can and does become extremely rewarding more often than not. It's all about building trust and making sure you follow through, no matter how small the commitment.

    Cons

    The chief challenge is student engagement and commitment to learning. Helping students see the connection between their environment and the larger world and helping them to make the transition from adolescences into young adulthood and taking responsibility for their own behavior is enormous. It cannot be accomplished without taking the time to renew one's self. This is not a job for someone who just needs a job. It is enormously challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come and work beside us for a week at a time. Get to know the students and the challenges, then come to the staff with your list of demands for yet more testing and paperwork. The teachers are swamped; we need more general education teachers working shoulder to shoulder with special ed teachers/aides so that educators can truly meet each student where they are.

  11.  

    Unfulfilling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Option for Winter, Spring and Summer break time off.

    Cons

    Lack of training and appreciation for staff members who are not teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making all your staff members well-rounded. That includes training, professional development, opportunities for growth, incentives, and appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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