Center City PCS Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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17 Ratings
  1. "It's not terrible compared to a lot of teaching positions"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center City PCS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive administration, access to valuable resources

    Cons

    Never ending work, higher ups suggesting things but haven't taught in a classroom to understand the reality of teaching

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  2. "They pick favorites"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TEACHERS ASSISTANT 

    I worked at Center City PCS full-time

    Pros

    The kids are great and most of the staff is cool

    Cons

    Leadership sucks, they are very big on favoritisms and if you’re not lucky enough to be a favorite you better watch your back.

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  3. "My Experience"

    4.0
    Former Employee - General Education Teacher in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center City PCS full-time

    Pros

    Center Office Staff Care. Everyone talks the talk of equity & race

    Cons

    heavy workload, wait till end of year to fix issues

  4. "As far as charters go, this is a good one"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Center City PCS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    community building, multiple requests for feedback, salary increases year over year in an effort to remain competitive, work-life balance

    Cons

    many people have been here for years and do not like change, can make it hard to move beyond "traditional" school.

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  5. "Find a better option"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Center City PCS full-time

    Pros

    The kids are an absolute delight, schedule is nice

    Cons

    Super biased, lots of nepotism and unprofessionalism among admin, tacky to say the least. Inconsistent expectations

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  6. "It's decent, could be worse"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center City PCS full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Admin is great, staff is supportive

    Cons

    Never ending tasks, can be very overwhelming for 1st time teachers

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  7. "Out of touch"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Center City PCS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay Opportunities for leadership Can leave early 1 Wednesday a month

    Cons

    Concerned about test scores over students and teachers Out of touch with the community

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Leadership vs. Everyone Else"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Center City PCS full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    So many wonderful teachers, aides, and service specific educators work the halls here. There are a lot of people with passion, ideas, and technical classroom knowhow who represent the very best in education. I found the salary and benefits, including time off, to be more than fair. There is room and flexibility at many of the campuses to bring a pet project of yours to life for students and the school or to hop on to someone else's project. If you reach out laterally for help, you will almost always find support from within your building, and occasionally across buildings. This is a place to cut your teeth, and you will walk away from Center City with some excellent hard skills you will be able to apply anywhere. The students, for the most part, are a joy (provided you've set and maintained good expectations and routines).

    Cons

    Leadership at Center City tends to be weak, directionless, or Type A belligerent (the experience differs depending on the campus). Central Office too often makes sweeping changes that negatively impacts teachers, students, and directionality. Rather than reflecting on and actively listening to teacher and staff concerns, particularly with regards to poorly informed decisions made by leaders at schools or CO, it becomes a "circle the wagons" moment that ultimately results in leaders getting what they want while staff who challenge them feel marginalized, attacked, or under intense scrutiny because you had the temerity to raise legitimate concerns up the chain. Among leaders at CO and at schools, there's often a fealty of belief in making big changes without consulting those most affected nor deeply considering how to make new changes work in practice. If you aren't in leadership, expect to have your input solicited and then mostly ignored for anything other than the smallest of changes. Expect this to have a major impact on your work life and mental well being.

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  9. "Good place to work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center City PCS full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart, committed people working for students. There's a lot of opportunity to innovate.

    Cons

    The strategic vision and brand of the school isn't always clear. Also, since the schools are small there aren't always opportunities for advancement.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Stepping Stone Opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Center City PCS full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, Benefits, Paid Holidays off, Rewarding work

    Cons

    Requires ability to counsel students in addition to educate them Politics in Upper Mgmt. strains teachers ability to teach freely Curriucula is different and requires various deliverables based on school School Culture-Teachers volunteer time after work hours to facilitate various activities

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