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Democracy Prep Public Schools Reviews

Updated May 11, 2018
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  • The only red flag is work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Long hours (I'm typically at work for 11 (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Teacher in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close knit team , supportive principal, best kids ever!!

    Cons

    The work days are very long.

    Advice to Management

    Push through DPAC, push through and keep up the good work!


  2. "Democracy Prep"

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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 (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.

  3. "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.


  4. 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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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

    I worked at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    The Democracy Prep network pays well for a charter school. They are committed to training their teachers so that they understand the approach they want teachers to apply.

    Cons

    The amount of work they expect is completely out of line. There is no way that someone can have a balance between home and school life. While it’s eewarding to help students, it’s more effective if the teacher is not completely exhausted during the process.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to train the teachers in the areas that you already do. You have a lot of good ideas, and a driven and effective mission for preparing students for college. This is admirable, but, teachers need to be able to refresh in order to be very effective.


  7. "Many growth areas"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    -Some staff are absolutely expert teachers and you will learn an incredible amount from them. They are disappearing and leaving DP however.

    Cons

    -Many "executive directors" hang out in their office shopping online or taking care of personal business all day. They are only seen for occasional motivational speeches or used to talk to school boards.
    -Pay is secretive, "non-negotiable," and much less than other high-performing charters.
    -Most PD is a huge waste of time and about norming culture not helping you develop.
    -DP will make you stay until 5:15 pm on a Friday at an awards ceremony or pep rally.
    -DP will make you commute to the Bronx for Friday PD leaving you with an unpaid 2 hr subway and bus commute home.
    -Many principals cannot coach effectively and only stop by for 5 minutes maximum. How is a five minute observation helpful?
    -Many school counselors and social workers do not follow up with chronically absent children and leadership doesn't help.

    Advice to Management

    Pay talented teaching staff much more than current and they will stay and create the high expectations culture you need. Hire more literacy and math instructional coaches.

  8. "Good school. The kids make the long hours worth the struggle."

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    Current Employee - Family Impact Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Family Impact Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get tech to do your job. Great colleagues. Leader listens and makes staff feel like they've been heard and their opinions and input matter.

    Cons

    You get tech to do your job. So, you're always plugged in and available. Availability hours are too long. No one should have to be available to take a call or email on a Saturday.

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing space for staff to have input.


  9. "DP"

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    Current Employee - Family Impact Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Family Impact Coordinator in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits
    great staff ( depends on the school )
    very cultural

    Cons

    work schedule
    extra work hours
    work some saturdays

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "teacher"

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

    I worked at Democracy Prep Public Schools full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Kids behavior. Staff is supportive as well.

    Cons

    Long working hours which can be a bit diffifcult for employees that commute.


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