Friendship Public Charter School

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Friendship Public Charter School Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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  1.  

    Do Your Work and Stay in Your Lane

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is opportunity for growth and promotion if you make the right connections. If you are an employee at headquarters, this is more likely to happen.

    Cons

    At the school level morale can be low due to high turnovers. The employees are not valued at the school level. Classroom management needs a lot of work. The is a revolving door of curriculum. No curriculum ever really gets a chance to take root, before a new one replaces it.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School

    Pros

    Good Cause, Helpful coworkers and supervisor

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes, but it's all for the students!

    Recommends
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    Great opportunities to advance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School

    Pros

    Friendship PCS is a great place to grow professionally. This is an organization where effort is rewarded. This community feels like a family and senior management genuinely care about kids.

    Cons

    None at this time - great place to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    School Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School

    Pros

    Lots of well educated individuals employed by Friendship PCS

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

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    Unprofessional, unethical

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

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Many employees are trying to make a difference
    Pay is relatively good compared to other charter schools (closely aligned with DCPS salary scale)

    Cons

    Unprofessional management
    Unethical business practices. CEO made $280K in 2012, more than the chancellor of DCPS ($275K), according to tax filings. Friendship serves one eight of the students that DCPS does. Friendship is skimming money from the public system by cramming 35 students in a classroom and hiring inexperienced teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put students first by making smaller classes
    Hire more wrap around services to address students with special needs instead of letting them drop out and go back to the streets
    Freeze salaries of upper management
    Hire more experienced teachers who are not trained through TFA and TNTP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Amazing Team!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a core group of people on the management team who will do whatever it takes to accomplish goals. They collaborate well with each other and have a high degree of trust and mutual respect.

    Cons

    The leadership team is incredibly entrepreneurial, which can make it difficult for more junior staff to keep up with a rapidly changing organization. Teachers sometimes feel frustrated because things constantly change. There is a deep bench of longtime executives who have the ear of the CEO, which can make it hard for new staff to have their voices heard. Outside of the core team, there are some individuals who seem to coast by on relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more and work on over-communicating your objectives and your progress.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    If you like being over worked and under paid, then this is the place to work

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits...if you love helping children, don't mind long hours, this is the place for you. Colleagues were awesome to work with, most were friendly and understood team building and working together.

    Cons

    Not appreciated for hard work, work 12 hours daily easily; some of the management had unrealistic expectations of work flow.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  9.  

    I don't mind working here but...

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

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues are very committed to the work of teaching and are very hard working and diligent. The schools are located centrally and are generally easy to access via public transportation.

    Cons

    The schools do not value its teachers--little effort is made to acknowledge exceptional teachers and the environment is very unprofessional. Favoritism abounds and development of teachers as professionals and leadership opportunities are slim to none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Not bad/not great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School

    Pros

    Decent pay, well organized, well-funded.

    Cons

    Some administrators aren't competent. No accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great work culture, great place for growth, and great adherence to their mission!

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My colleagues go above and beyond in helping me be the best I can be. The leadership is always willing to assist you in any way they can, and push you to grow personally as well as professionally. Very rewarding place to work. Great pay, too!

    Cons

    There aren't any cons, with the exception that it can be challenging, but in a rewarding manner.

    Recommends

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