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Updated Jul 14, 2019

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  1. "Great People, Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Char in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reflection and Refinement is the name of the game!- Leadership is always asking for feedback and taking the suggestions and thoughts of the staff seriously. Mission-POSSIBLE- we have a lofty mission statement but every decision comes down to what will help us reach that mission as soon as possible. People first- everything about DC Prep puts people first. Our leadership team is constantly looking for new and better ways to support our teachers and staff. Our staff works tirelessly to provide opportunities to our parents to be involved in the school and classrooms. Most importantly everyone associated with the organization but the needs of our students first! We offer multiple small groups a day that allow students to work with others on their level and continue to push and grow regardless of where they started the year. Best of all THE PEOPLE! I work with many of my closest friends and it makes every day a little brighter!

    Cons

    This work is hard! Closing the achievement gap is serious work and it takes dedication! So the hours are long but they are worth it!

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    "They don't give a sh!t about sustainability or teachers' careers"

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

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

    Pros

    High expectations for students Seems to be well funded - there were always people in classrooms wondering what the "magic" was - with great PR I learned a lot as a new teacher - this is also a con (see below)

    Cons

    I learned a lot as a new teacher - but was also expected to completely learn the standards and write all my own curriculum as a brand new teacher. Completely overwhelming. When I asked why they weren't upfront in the hiring process about the demand, they asked "didn't you expect to work hard?" and "what could we have done in the interview process to make it clear how hard we expect you to work?" Super condescending. Often age-inappropriate expectations for kids Senior leadership has no real idea what's going on in schools Poorly performing teachers are not held accountable Lose teachers left and right for a) refusing to hold non-performing teachers to standards, b) not paying highly enough (compared to DCPS!), c) don't care about wellbeing of teaching staff, d) picking favorites

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    "I feel so sorry for these children."

    1.0
    • Culture & Values
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Prep

    Pros

    They have a staff bathroom.

    Cons

    *The children face a long school day without any quality movement time. They don't have a chance to run around and play on a playground or feel the sunshine on their little faces. These kids don't need to watch anymore Just Dance or Kidz Bopz videos on Youtube during their "recess" time. *Their "education" is soul crushing. For 9 hours a day, these children are told to "turn their voices off". They are not allowed to chat with their peers during lunch or snack. They are not encouraged to ask questions or share their insight. For 9 hours a day, they are directed by their teacher as a whole group. They are to only look at or "track" their teacher, to "satisfy the expectations", to be quiet, to stop moving, to stop looking at their peers; basically to stop being living, breathing, loveable six year old children full of wonder. *Their school meals are awful. Example: Hot dogs and frozen corn served in a plastic wrapper. Kids throw away entire pears because they don't know what to do with them. They need cafeteria staff to cut up the fruit to make it more appetizing for small children. They eat in their classrooms so they don't have to get up and move anywhere, or to lose out on "instructional" time. *You will not find one picture of happy, smiling kids doing experiential learning adorning their classroom walls. You will however, find a plentiful supply of data charts and anchor charts filled with text, but no pictures (for 5-6 year olds). *They have a large team of administrators and deans of this and that, but strangely not enough money for materials, manipulatives and/or technology, apart from an ancient projector that lacks proper speakers in the classroom. *Teachers cheat children of instructional time by playing Disney movies and cartoons for days on end. *The children look miserable and openly say that they don't like their school or teachers. They know they are mean-spirited.

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    "It Really Depends"

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

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

    Pros

    Caring Coworkers, helpful staff, lots of book for students, incentives trips for students who get good grades

    Cons

    Mico-managing principal, long hours, lots of BS meetings, work to hard to infuse fake joy in the classrooms, students sit for HOURS in one room, not enough time for social interaction between students, penal system for students who struggle with behavior, teachers do a lot of talking, class sizes are HUGE

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    "The DC Prep Way is One Way"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    DC Prep's classrooms are relatively silent and teacher-lead instruction (lectures) can easily take place if you use their system.

    Cons

    DC Prep hires inexperienced, young teachers and micromanages them. Most lessons are essentially scripted. Data isn't really accurate. Students are expelled without much explanation. Students get 10-15 minutes for recess in a day that goes from 7:30-5:15. Middle school age students who misbehave are made to wear a green vest and can't speak to anyone for the entire day. If they speak to someone, they must repeat the process the following day. If they speak the following day, they are out of school suspended. Staff diversity is non-existent. At least 70% of staff are fresh from TFA.

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    "Former Teacher"

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

    I have been working at DC Prep full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I truly believe that everyone who works at DC Prep is well intentioned and believes they are doing the right thing 100% of the time. If a child needs to be disciplined, he or she is. If they need a reward, they get it. No one there has a "bad heart".

    Cons

    The entire philosophy lacks common sense. Doors open at 7:30am. School ends at 4:15pm. In Kindergarten for example, kids get ONE 15 minute recess IF they earn it. That 15 minutes includes the transition time outside and back inside. And you know..they had better do that transition perfectly and silently. Secondly, there is no nap. So, rigor, rigor, rigor. But...it just not fun. It's not fun for teachers who are in their classrooms at 6:30am and were probably still in the building the night before for a "meeting" or very "helpful" PD until 6pm. Teachers most of all NEED the downtime to rejuvenate and recreate and re-energize. They don't need all the advice, reflection, feedback, reworking the lesson plan for tomorrow from 8-10pm tonight. Of course some feedback is welcome, but you know, it really needs to go both ways. Admin will sit there and be "all excited" about data day and wear their "I Love Data" tshirts...but the reality is, every single meeting and every single PD I ever went to just created MORE work for me. Why for the love of god would anyone want to do this??

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