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DC Public Schools Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "Largely passionate workforce both at Central and in schools; many talented, smart employees; good pay; flexible schedule (dependent upon position)" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Professional development opportunities were unparalleled" (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • "Central office is to bloated and many of the decision makers spent very little time in the classroom" (in 20 reviews)

  • "bureaucracy, long hours, can be hard to have a work life balance" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "I love DCPS!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great, smart, talented, teachers and students.

    Cons

    Too many goals, so vision is unclear.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Salary, renovated schools, rewarding student relationships

    Cons

    Stressful Environment, testing culture, rewards few

  3. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Love the students, enjoyed my colleagues

    Cons

    bureaucracy, long hours, can be hard to have a work life balance


  4. "Data Entry Clerk"

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

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    They have decent pay for employees.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement


  5. "Special Education teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the other teachers.

    Cons

    The principals are only interested in their numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage adults.


  6. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Salary, hard-working colleges, bright students

    Cons

    Lack of support, lack of resources, no support for non-tested subjects

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring more instructional staff in high school. I teach classes of over 30 students and 15 IEP's without any co-teacher or support.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    Great money and benefits

    Cons

    Little to no support from Central Office. Major curricular changes on a yearly basis for MANY consecutive years. LEAP observations of teachers new in 2016, New teacher evaluation system in 2017, teachers rated by students for 10% of their evaluations new in 2017, teacher planning periods lost to collaborative planning (LEAP mandate) in 2017. Most of these significant changes were not agreed upon by CO and the union producing stress by principals forced to support the above and teachers who had a union that told them they were not required to do collaborative planning etc. This caused varying amounts of conflict and tension at the building levels thus large turnover. Some schools lost 22 staff midyear according to the papers. Major promotions of people not qualified and/or ready to lead in my opinion. This has happened since Kaya Henderson left. Turnover of teachers and principals is larger than other metropolitan school districts due to stress I believe.

    Advice to Management

    CO needs to stop changing curricular mandates on a yearly basis. Ensure the central office departments talk to one another so all new changes are not thrown on buildings at the same time. Make promotions due to knowledge not "who you know" as Central Office promotes "friends" from the building level, haphazardly. The stress is incredible and needs to be managed by the CO. The culture is toxic beginning at the top. I observed yelling by senior central office personnel toward colleagues. I watched a superintendent yell at a parent. There are many "policies" and very little fidelity to those policies. (attendance, residency, building usages, graduation requirements etc.) Turnover makes capacity building difficult and institutional knowledge scant. Professionalism is lacking.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Love my school, not the school system."

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    Current Employee - Physics Teacher in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Physics Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid, good access to computers

    Cons

    Bad evaluation system, little teacher support so therefor little student support in the majority of DC schools.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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

    I worked at DC Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and decent salary

    Cons

    Stressful and draining, unrealistic expectations (scores do not measure the overload of work we do), no assistance in the classroom. Even attempting to transfer out of the classroom into an administrative is challenging (that politics issue, more about who you know then merit).

    Advice to Management

    The attendance and disciplinary policies need to change. Please make students accountable for their success, not the teachers. Also make more laws to protect the teacher's safety.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Substitute Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Educator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The kids and the schools are desperate for substitute teachers.

    Cons

    The academic climate is deplorable. Frequently substitutes are placed in unsafe circumstances. Frequently I was in fear of assault and even injury.

    Advice to Management

    Don't ignore teacher's outcry for discipline and honesty. These kids need to understand that learning is not obtained without effort. Even when the schools are beautiful like Ballou High School, unless, the students actually study, then they cannot expect to receive the benefits of school attendance.