DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 15, 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)

  • 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. I was a kindergarten special education teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Administration was very supportive in allowing staff to make their own real-time decisions when teaching and working with students and families.

    Cons

    Typically, there is a very high caseload and need for special education services. That can lead to burnout amongst staff members.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow staff to make real-time decisions regarding their students. Trust that the teachers you hire are competent enough to make the right decision.

  2. Substitute teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As a substitute teacher I enjoyed putting smiles on my students faces and giving them my best attention.

    Cons

    I have no cons to speak about the school. But I would like to say the staff are respectful and understanding to helping new teachers.

  3. Classroom Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -Depends on your school/principal.
    -Competitive Salary
    -Able to shape young minds

    Cons

    -Depends on your school/principal
    -High stress

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  5. administrator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    - competitive salary
    - inexpensive benefits for health insurance

    Cons

    - bureaucracy and overall central office politics that hinders work for school-based leaders
    - resource and school-building disparities across the city
    - complicated budget process
    - limited autonomy for school leaders

  6. Still a mess

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to make $20,000 bonus if you're willing to work in a Title I school

    Cons

    Inadequate resources
    Incompetent school leaders
    District leadership is unwilling to work with teachers

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent people! Continuously hiring inexperienced people will not help the problem. This district is a mess and requires people with direct experience to turn it around. Stop with the TFA teachers, stop with TNTP and get rid of the New Leaders. None of them have any idea what they're doing and they're destroying DC children's lives!

  7. DCPS still has a lot of work to do.

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

    I worked at DC Public Schools

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

    Pros

    Higher salary compared to other districts nearby.

    Cons

    Unfair evaluation system, principals abuse their power, instructional coaches not necessary providing profession development, students get away with murder, parents sue the district all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring TFA, TNTP alumni and the likes is not the solution to the problem. Focus on developing your veteran teachers instead of firing.

  8. Working at DC Public Schools offers a wealth of exposure to the district-level public education sector.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

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

    Pros

    -Exposure to district-level school governance
    -Dedicated
    -Innovation

    Cons

    -Cog in the machine
    -Inefficient approach to work

    Advice to Management

    -Encourage feedback
    -Increase transparency

  9. Working for DC Public Schools is a gift and a curse

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    DC Public School teachers are paid extremely well in comparison to other school districts. The school where I taught had a great school culture and we were truly making a positive impact on student achievement.

    Cons

    DC Public School teachers work extremely long hours and are held to high expectations without the proper resources and support. If the district doesn't want teachers to burn out, they must ensure that teachers have adequate time to plan and build professional learn communities.

  10. Politics As Usual

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    Former Employee - Both School and Central Office Based During Tenure With DCPS
    Former Employee - Both School and Central Office Based During Tenure With DCPS

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

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

    Pros

    *Extremely intelligent, dedicated, and caring colleagues
    *Compensation was acceptable for the area
    *Our scholars and community members
    *A few "unicorns" working to make necessary cultural changes

    Cons

    *Unfair hiring and firing practices
    *Lip service about important issues (e.g. have a meeting about it and everything will change)
    *TFA elitist, ageist, credentials over experience, white is right approach permeates the entire organization, even though many people of color work there
    *There are some glass ceilings for certain populations at Central Office.
    *Meeting to plan meetings (too much talk, much less action)

    Advice to Management

    Stop recreating systems of power and oppression and playing political games. Our scholars and educators deserve much better.

  11. Tough environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Area is nice to live in

    Cons

    Difficult population and expensive cost of living

    Advice to Management

    More compensation

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