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Democracy Prep Public Schools Reviews

Updated July 9, 2018
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  • "The only red flag is work life balance" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Long hours (I'm typically at work for 11" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "The children are awesome and the network support is great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Children are hard workers and advocates for change within their communities. The staff works hard to set the expectation needed to be successful

    Cons

    The staff is generally small which ultimately leaves some challenges in the operations area but the intimate environment allows for more hands on coaching for scholars

    Democracy Prep Public Schools Response

    Nov 13, 2017

    Thank you for this review!


  2. "Teacher"

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

    I have been working at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Good pay
    Professional development
    Reimbursement for graduate school tuition

    Cons

    Long hour
    Hard to balance your life and work

  3. "Meaningful work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    making a difference in the lives of scholars who need it

    Cons

    Con would be the long hours


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Proceed with caution"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It all looks very nice and functional from the outside... nice logos and branding, free laptop, cell phone, higher salary, etc. They are good about providing classroom supplies and technology. They offer many professional development opportunities as well, although some of them are really bad.

    Cons

    They frequently make up and/or use false research to support their strategies and practices.

    The pay is (theoretically) better than the DOE, but if you count the additional days, hours, weekends, and on-call duties, it's really not. If you don't enjoy constant stress, a DOE job is much more worth it, in my opinion. You'll get home while DP teachers are about to start 10th period.

    Extraordinarily high teacher turnover, which should tell the admin and executives something; however, when teachers leave they act as if there is just something wrong with the teachers.

    Administration generally does not like creative, independently-thinking teachers. They prefer to hire people with no training (?!?!) so people don't have opinions about some of the questionable methods and principles they implement.

    They're not very honest up front with expectations, including opportunities for advancement and pay raise. For example, they advertise the potential for significant percentages of salary increase per year; however, they neglect to tell you that the percentages they advertise are virtually impossible to obtain. For instance, in order to qualify for the highest percentages, you have to have never been late or missed work, even for being sick and you have to have flawless observation reports - which don't exist because even if you're doing a great job the administrators will make something up so it looks like they aren't as useless as they are.

    I still don't understand the purpose of the "

    Advice to Management

    Stop forcing people to refer to students as "scholars." Words have specific meanings.

    Stop making people in HR write false positive reviews on here.

    Stop treating teachers and students as products. I think you would be really surprised what would happen if you started treating them like living human beings instead.


  5. "Takes advantage of employees"

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

    Pros

    Prescribed curriculum
    Good pay
    Access to technology

    Cons

    Long hours
    Micromanages
    Difficult work life balance


  6. "1st Year Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a fantastic place to learn and grow as a 1st year teacher. They provide an immense amount of support and resources. There is constant professional development which is useful in the classroom. It is also an awesome team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Discipline was more important then actual teaching and learning. They have a "no excuses" attitude about rules and behavior which can lead to explosive classroom reactions. i.e. A student will be quietly engaged, taking an exam, and when they got a demerit for resting their head on their hand, or having their back against their chair they would the student immediately would shut down and react.

    There are so many little rules and mannerisms which they enforce, but are not steeped in the real world outside the building.

    It is a longer work day then regular public schools which requires a lot of time management. Much of your free time is dedicated to getting caught up or setting up for the coming week (grocery shopping, errands, dry cleaning). Time off isn't really "off" it's just, "let's go do all the other things I don't have time for during the week because I get home late"

    Advice to Management

    Treat the students more like humans and less like machines.


  7. "Democracy Prep"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The organization is very progressive in how its policies are created and implemented. The employee benefits from a whole organization perspective are among the best I have ever experienced.

    Cons

    The organization is still growing and learning how to support regional schools outside of New York.

  8. "Democracy prep"

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

    I have been working at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Salary is better than DOE in NYC
    Some PD's are pretty good.
    Summer vacation

    Cons

    Very long hours
    You're never good enough as a teacher. You always get blamed if kids aren't learning. It's always you're fault.
    You can be let go at anytime.
    Disrespectful student (DP calls them scholars instead of students)

    Advice to Management

    You're expectations are great but unrealistic. Give more training to teachers and support them in any way possible. You have to understand teachers can only do so much to help students. Make your evaluation system more clear when you higher candidates.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience For New Teachers"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Former Employee - Teacher in Camden, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Curriculum written for you, teacher observations usually constructive, kids are great, pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    No excuse discipline system, work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp disciplinary procedures to be more in tune with student population


  10. "Stressful and Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Provided with whatever materials needed for classes
    - Semi-Weekly coaching meetings
    - Great benefits/ decent pay

    Cons

    - Coaching evaluations were unreliable furthermore often only 5 minutes of evaluations once a week
    - No work life balance
    - Long hours and even longer to do lists
    - Expected to answer work phone and emails on nights and weekends
    - Only 5 days of vacation/sick days
    - Highly stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    Give teachers a reasonable amount of tasks to complete and in a reasonable amount of time to reduce stress and allow teachers to enjoy a home life when not on campus.


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