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DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated June 21, 2018
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  • "Good pay decent benefits always have days off" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Professional development opportunities were unparalleled" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Enjoy Central Office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    - Considering the world of low-paying education, DCPS central office pays well
    - Most employees work incredibly hard and do not mind working longer hours to ensure an excellent product
    - Generally friendly environment, from coworkers to leadership

    Cons

    - Reorganizations happen every couple years and equate layoffs
    - Sometimes minds are already made in regards to who will be hired/promoted, but they drag others through the process for optics sake.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganizations seem to happen too often. Can we create a structure that is more fluid and requires less reorganizations to occur?


  2. "My experience has allowed me to interact with students at all grade levels."

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    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Substitute Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've obtained educational knowledge, growth and development and skills while working at different schools and working with different grades levels of students.

    Cons

    No being able to advance into a permanent career after showing much dedication to the school(s) that I have taken on long term assignments with.

    Advice to Management

    During the school year, substitute teachers should considered or informed about available positions in the school.

  3. "teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Dcps has great pay and benefits

    Cons

    The evaluation system brings teachers to tears.


  4. "DCPS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great pay
    Professional developments
    Paid time off

    Cons

    Lack professionalism. Doesn't support staff. Business practices are unethical


  5. "Good Mission With A Side of Office Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    innovative work place deeply connected to race and equity issues for DC youth

    Cons

    Lots of interoffice politics at play


  6. "Great Secondary Science support -- horrific everything else support"

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    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - High School Science Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The central office science team are wonderful people to work with and make science teachers feel truly involved in decision making and curriculum development

    Cons

    the general administration are out of touch and frequently employ sweeping top-down requirements that seem incredibly out of touch with actual best practice

    Advice to Management

    spend more time in classrooms


  7. "ELA Teacher Middle School"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Kids can be great, hard working teachers,

    Cons

    Administration doesn't always have a clear vision for the school.

    Advice to Management

    More planning time.

  8. "Coach"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great career advancement in education

    Cons

    Impact can be very unforgiving


  9. "Cons ultimately outweigh the pros, but not for awhile at least..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Largely passionate workforce both at Central and in schools; many talented, smart employees; good pay; flexible schedule (dependent upon position).

    For the first year or two, I think the pros outweigh the cons.

    Cons

    Things are rolled out too quickly for schools to keep up, not enough collaboration across central office, too many cooks in the kitchen (too many higher ups think they deserve input on every decision even if it's not close to relevant to their content area), very reactive rather than proactive, few/no PD opportunities for Central Office staff, constant reorgs, getting promoted is about who you know rather than your expertise.

    Ultimately, both the politics and reactive nature of an extremely bureaucratic organization drags you down. It doesn't help to be under a constant microscope from the outside.

    Advice to Management

    True 360 Performance Reviews. That will help folks up top hold middle management accountable.


  10. "Bloated Central Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Pay, and met great people

    Cons

    To many people not working with children making big bucks. Central office is to bloated and many of the decision makers spent very little time in the classroom. Impact is also a joke and used very subjectively.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who actually wan to teach and engage with children not sit in the office sending and reading emails. So the community you care by moving out of a downtown office which costs big bucks and use the empty school buildings as your offices and spend the money you save on children. Mayoral control has been a big joke


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