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DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson
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  • Direct school employees are expected to perform at high standards while other central office administrative staff are much more lax (in 17 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is he'd to achieve (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Elementary School Teacher in DCPS"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and pay were decent for a first year teacher, and my principal and assistant principal were both excellent.

    Cons

    Insanely long hours required to prepare lessons.


  2. "Building level"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Professional development, on the cutting edge with best practices

    Cons

    Upper level management is VERY political and clique driven.

    Advice to Management

    Work to have rubric that is not subjective driven and more data driven for reappointments.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mission Driven (Into the Ground)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission driven organization with genuine passion for serving kids.

    Cons

    Breakneck work pace with high turnover and low job satisfaction.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Discouragingly political at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There was such passion and talent throughout the organization

    Cons

    There was also a disconnect between the real mission (serving our students) and self-interested missions (getting promoted, getting positive press, etc)


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great school district."

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    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - 5th Grade Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of money has gone into the renovation of the schools.

    Cons

    So many meetings. Many of these meetings are taking teachers out of the classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Less district mandated programs.


  6. "Paraprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working students and the benefits I received while working the DC Public Schools.

    Cons

    Some of the downfalls for working with DCPS is not always receiving g the compensation you deserve, especially for school staff.


  7. "Too high stress for teachers"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salary is higher than all other area districts

    Cons

    Teachers have no creativity while working here. Administrators at all schools are always breathing down your back. The impact evaluation system is absolutely awful and causes teachers to live in fear all year long

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of IMPACT

  8. "Loved Working With Them"

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, pretty good salary, nice work environment, great benefits, great sense of community.

    Cons

    Downtown takes quite a while to resolve small issues, but if you press them enough it'll get done.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Office Culture Adjustment"

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

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The office is full of talented and brilliant people

    Cons

    You don't get much time to talk and discuss ideas that will improve work flow with these talented and brilliant people.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the fear that losing your job is an option. Show commitment to employees and they will show commitment to your plans and ideas. increase opportunities for upward mobility.


  10. "close but not quite"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at DC Public Schools part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    kids, physical conditions of buildings

    Cons

    training, support by teachers, para, and admin, environment,

    Advice to Management

    provide more training and support for your staff


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