DC Prep Reviews

Updated Jan 5, 2021

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3.1
36%
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79%
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5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Professional development, at all levels of the organization (including the central Home Office), is a huge focus(in 8 reviews)

  • "Seems to be well funded - there were always people in classrooms wondering what the "magic" was - with great PR(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good organization with good people getting good results"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Prep full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Track record of results Adults are smart, kind & committed to children

    Cons

    People push themselves hard because they see the importance of the work

  2. "Okay"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Prep full-time

    Pros

    Care about teacher development and student development

    Cons

    Very strict on students and very specific expectations


  3. "Valuable experience"

    3.0
    Current Employee - English Teacher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Prep full-time

    Pros

    A lot of teaching practice!

    Cons

    No work life balance and support from parents was minimal

  4. "Kind People, Tough Standards"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Culture among teachers is friendly

    Cons

    Student culture is strict. Wide variation between campuses.

  5. "Very well-organized and structured school system!"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC

    I have been working at DC Prep full-time

    Pros

    Great instructional coaching and growth opportunities; Team-oriented adult culture

    Cons

    Sustainability; High expectations/demands for educators

  6. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Academic Specialist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work

    Cons

    None at all . I had no issues

  7. Helpful (1)

    "It’s not about the education, it’s about the rules."

    1.0
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    6th Grade Teacher in Washington, DC
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep

    Pros

    My coworkers were the reason I showed up. They really cared, but it’s because we were all struggling together. The kids mean well, they just don’t thrive in the system and that makes them mad.

    Cons

    DC Prep lures you in by claiming to have “best practices” for students and a true understanding of educational inequity. After short time it was obvious that this is a typical charter fueling itself on test scores and administrators that don’t know anything about helping their employees. The school burns you out in weeks and then gets mad when you aren’t running at 100% every day. They say they care about wellness, but give you no time to have it. There are no supports for the high stress environment and when the systems in place do not work they tell you it’s because you’re not holding the bar high enough for students. When you ask for support they don’t provide it. They give you what is pre-scripted to support you and never follow up. If they do follow up it’s in a bulleted email that says you aren’t meeting their expectations. Administration is not held accountable. The kids hate being there, and so do most of the teachers. Turnover is alarmingly high and not surprising. You get no freedom to change your curriculum. This is a problem because it is unusable. The person who made it doesn’t even test kids on the things that are written in the curriculum. One of the units focused on main idea for 2 and 1/2 weeks straight and then tested the kids on author’s point of view (the tests are pre-made). They didn’t do well, but for the sake of preparing for more testing, they had to take it. Unless you work well under a highly structured system do not work here. It’s not actually about education, it’s about upholding the rules, and there are a ton of them.

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  8. "Truly Mission-oriented"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you really want to help kids learn and succeed, and be surrounded by people who share that goal, DC Prep is an excellent place to be. You will also learn and grow a ton, both professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Working at DC Prep is demanding; however, the leadership tries hard to train and support each employee.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "High Stress and Emotionally Exhausting Work Environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Elementary Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - DC Prep's kids are amazing - Supportive families - Hard working colleagues - Health Insurance

    Cons

    - Admin lack empathy - Top down approach to teaching - Lessons/Curriculum are not culturally responsive - Work days and demands are not sustainable - Pressure put on kids The work day is incredibly stressful. Administrators only care about test scores and put student concerns aside if it means hurting their PARCC projections. I had so many colleagues develop mental health issues after working at DC Prep, and some stated those issues felt more manageable after leaving. It's bad when a student of mine even apologized after a stressful observation (which happens weekly and sometimes without notice) when admin suddenly walked into my room, incorrectly live coached me, and stressed the entire class out. The student said they wouldn't want to be a teacher if that's what they would have to go through, which is very sad. I say avoid this school and take your practice to a place where you can grow professionally and personally as an educator.

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  10. "Long hours, little pay"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Prep

    Pros

    Hold high standards for students academically

    Cons

    Demanding hours and intense work load

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