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Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
63 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.  

    Tough environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    Area is nice to live in

    Cons

    Difficult population and expensive cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More compensation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Pay Excellent Benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    Great pay for teachers compared to others in the area. Excellent benefits as well.

    Cons

    The usual that comes along with being a teacher. Impact is a drag but if you have supportive administration, you can overcome the frustration of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    Lots of great colleagues willing to help

    Cons

    Division of responsibilities not always clear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training and guidance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great culture, great colleagues, great mission

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very entrepreneurial culture. Very open to new ideas, Very smart colleagues

    Cons

    Making much less money than in private industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Substitute Teacher

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

    I have been working at DC Public Schools as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy working in the class room setting it allows me to have a one on one approach with the students individually.

    Cons

    The downside working with youth with severe behavior problem it can cause other students to get off task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management lead by example

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Lots of Red Tape and Evaluations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher
    Current Employee - Elementary Teacher

    I have been working at DC Public Schools

    Pros

    If you like children, you will love it

    Cons

    Evaluations are the same for all teachers whether you work in a school in the wealthier NW quadrant or in a poorly-resourced school in SE
    If your students misbehave or are not learning, based on test scores, it is completely the teacher's fault

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change evaluation criteria of teachers
    Stop blaming teachers for low-achievement
    Allow teachers more freedom in the classroom to teach

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    N/A

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools as an intern (less than a 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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  10.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  11.  

    A mess, but teacher's salaries are the highest in the country

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

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