Mission: The mission of Democracy Prep Public Schools is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.
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Democracy Prep set out to prove what is possible for public education in America. Our flagship school, Democracy Prep Charter Middle School (DPCMS), first opened its doors in August 2006. By 2009, DPCMS became the highest performing school in Central Harlem and was ranked the number one public middle school in New York City.
Democracy Prep Public Schools currently operates 23 high-performing schools and one program in New York City, Camden, NJ, the District of Columbia, San Antonio, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, and Las Vegas NV educating 7,200 citizen-scholars. The incredible growth of the scholars is possible through the tireless and dedicated work of the educators who make up our team.
At Democracy Prep we believe teaching matters most.
And we are all teachers. We don't just say it; we prove it. In order to attract the best and keep them in the classroom, we provide an unparalleled compensation system.
HOW WE SHOW OUR TEACHERS THAT THEY MATTER MOST
Hard Work = Success
Teachers are eligible for base salary raises of up to 10% each year based on their students’ growth and performance. Top performing teachers can earn up to $150,000 after just eight years at Democracy Prep.
Outfitted as Professionals
All teachers are provided iPhones and MacBook Pros to plan lessons, collaborate with peers, and make themselves available to students and families.
A 21st-Century Smart Approach to Benefits
All teachers are provided health, dental, vision, and life insurance and can contribute to a 403-b retirement plan that is flexible, portable, and generously matched by Democracy Prep.*
Weekly Professional Development
Each Friday, students leave the building at 1pm and teachers spend the rest of the day in professional development sessions. In addition to grade level and content area meetings, teachers are coached on how to use student data effectively to drive instruction. Throughout the year, Democracy Prep sends its teachers to external professional development workshops and to other high-performing schools to learn and share best practices.
Our teachers know that they were rigorously selected as the top 1% of applicants.
*New Jersey Charter School full-time employees are mandated to participate in local retirement plans.
Developing high-quality leaders is a top priority for Democracy Prep. Leader U is Democracy Prep’s dynamic school leadership training program. Offering one and two-year paths, we coach the next generation of exceptional leaders to become the best versions of themselves, and we support them in developing their unique leadership voices.
Leaders complete the program armed with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead current, new, and turnaround Democracy Prep schools to ensure that all of our scholars work hard, go to college, and change the world.
To learn more, visit www.Leader-U.org.
Democracy Prep Public Schools was founded with the explicit vision of preparing our responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. We accomplish this public purpose by focusing on what we call Authentic Civic Education.
Each Democracy Prep school has a Civic Education Coordinator that works to create and implement our civics curriculum for each campus and track our citizen-scholars’ long-term civic dispositions. Knowledge and skills alone are not sufficient, we must cultivate the habits and appetites of engaged citizens in order to prepare our alumni for a life of active citizenship.
A 2018 study conducted by Mathematica Policy Research found that our civic education curriculum is having a significant positive impact on our scholars’ voting rates, even after they graduate. Read the study here.
First, our citizen-scholars learn about our system of government. We then provide authentic opportunities for our scholars to use their content knowledge to become engaged citizens.
We provide our scholars with opportunities to lobby elected representatives on issues ranging from charter school funding to the DREAM Act. Our scholars have registered thousands of voters and have conducted Get Out The Vote campaigns for local and national elections. Our scholars have even testified before Congress!
Educating all Students, in all Subjects
We actively recruit all students, and unlike many charters, we welcome new scholars at all grade levels at the beginning of each year. Our special education students and English Language Learners are provided the same transformational education and support that all our students are provided with, including all elective offerings.
Democracy Prep Pathways partners with our middle schools to ensure that our students with the most significant academic challenges are able to achieve the mission of success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship. We believe that in order for every scholar to realize this mission, we must pair the methodology of high-performing charter schools with new and innovative programming for our highest-need scholars.
Children are hard workers and advocates for change within their communities. The staff works hard to set the expectation needed to be successful
The staff is generally small which ultimately leaves some challenges in the operations area but the intimate environment allows for more hands on coaching for scholars
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Democracy Prep Public Schools (Baton Rouge, LA) in March 2017.
Two weeks before the interview I was given a topic that I would do a test teach of a lesson as part of the interview day. I was given plenty of material as well as a previous example to get guidelines. The interview day was packed with down to the minute class visitations and separate meetings with several important leaders and teachers throughout the campus. Be ready to hit the ground running interview day and be constantly on the move.
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