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DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated April 13, 2019
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  • "Flexible work schedule, good pay, great manager" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Great pay, summers off, paid holidays" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    mission oriented, respectful, great colleagues.

    Cons

    work-life balance, funding, and budgeting.


  2. "Can Be Better!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Day to day can be stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Allow staff to relax and do the work. Many principals are disrespectful and rude.

  3. "Consider DC Public Schools"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager of Strategy and Logistics
    Former Employee - Manager of Strategy and Logistics

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great networking opportunities that could potentially create lasting relationships

    Cons

    Some positions are directly impacted by the school's budget


  4. "Dc.gov evades AFSCME, suppresses wages"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional Educational Aide in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Paraprofessional Educational Aide in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good choice of insurance, esp Aetna. DCPS pays and provides many days for lot Professional Development.

    Cons

    DC government has been evading negotiating and approving a contract with paraprofessional union for almost 8 years, & they do not keep accurate updated records of pay scales. Pay rates/ levels remain unstandardized & hidden . Currently performance reviews (Impact) can only affect an employee negatively, there are no rewards or benefits to performing at or above expectations other than continued employment.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. If you want better paraprofessionals you have to reward them in some fashion. Making them use their sick & annual leave When school is out of session speaks to the level of disregard and disrespect they have for their human capital caring for the children of Washington DC.


  5. "Good but IMPACT is intense"

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good Salary. Good support. The pay is good, but I spend SO many hours at school because the students need it. Many 80 hour work weeks.

    Cons

    Lack of building resources makes it challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Fund building infrastructure.


  6. "Great benefits! Great salary!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good salary! Great options for leave and paid vacation.

    Cons

    Not really a con but I suggest you shop around for the school that is the best fit for you!


  7. "Great stepping stone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great networking
    Flexible time

    Cons

    Underpaid
    Overworked
    No culture
    Unable to discipline children the way they should be disciplined- they have no consequences
    People in low positions act as if they’re higher than you.

  8. "Had autonomy to plan my own programing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Librarian in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Librarian in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, summers off, paid holidays

    Cons

    Position cut to .5, no budget, many leadership changes


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awful Evaluation System for Teachers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Instructional Coach in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Pay, Great City, Competent Colleagues

    Cons

    Poor Morale, Poor Organization, Poor Curriculum Design, Unfair Evaluation System for teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Require students to pass the PARCC Assessment for graduation if you are interested in improving test scores. Students and families need to be held accountable and not educators alone.


  10. "Run"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay the most out of all institutions in the area.

    Cons

    Unfair and punitive evaluation process. The entire organization is disorganized.