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Friendship Public Charter School Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  1. "THEY CHOSE ME"

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

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I have found Friendship to be pro-active and a believer in the excellent future of our youth.

    Cons

    Be ready for your reviews !

    Advice to Management

    Stay motivated to the vision of preparing our young people.


  2. "School Psychologist"

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

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Friendship Public Charter School is a good place to work. The staff is friendly and supportive. It has a good benefits package.

    Cons

    There is a very long school day. Staff report at 7:30 and ends at 4:30.

  3. "Very little investment in the career development of its young professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Willing to hire young professionals straight out of undergrad or grad school.

    Cons

    Career Development
    Senior leadership
    Professionalism
    salary increase biases


  4. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time

    Pros

    I cannot think of a single pro for this unethical and poorly run charter school. My hope is that they are shut down by the Public Charter Board.

    Cons

    FPCS is a poorly run organization that lacks systems and organization. Their test scores speak for themselves with as low as 0% proficiency at some locations. Students are not learning or being cared for at these terrifying schools. The schools are dangerous for children, teachers, and staff members. The administration mistreats staff members. The organization is run by arrogant and unqualified individuals who manage by threatening to fire the hard working staff. They are ungrateful and always require more than the contract outlines from teachers. The payscale follows no guidelines. Teachers who they fear will leave they will pay $20,000 more a year to convince them to stay. Teachers who they do not fear will leave they will continue to pay small amounts. Teachers who reach the top of the pay scale will be let go to make room in the budget for 2 unqualified teachers who are cheaper. The school does an egregious disservice to students with IEP's. I witnessed students who had been in Friendship schools since Pre K, but could not read. Please do not work at this school or send your child to this school.

    Advice to Management

    Put systems into place. Treat teachers with respect, and show the gratitude. Follow the law. Care more about children than your organization.


  5. "Stay Away!"

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

    Pros

    Supportive co-workers. Other than that, I really can't think of any pros.

    Cons

    DO NOT WORK HERE. The school I work for does not follow special education laws. It is extremely alarming to watch staff be dishonest to parents and claim to be offering services when the school is most certainly not. Additionally, you will be expected to stay to provide after-school tutoring, meetings, etc. You will not be compensated for any additional after-school hours. Students are over-tested and leave them feeling stupid. This creates a negative attitude towards testing. There is no consistency in behavior management from admin. Too many cons to count. When working with parents, admin will not back you up.

    Advice to Management

    If you want teachers to stay until 7pm every night, you must pay them for their time.


  6. "Special Education Title"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, EXCELLENT support from Special Education Coordinator

    Cons

    Disorganized, high turnover, overcrowded classrooms, and more money was spent on the football team than funding a school library.


  7. "Elementary School Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    This employer paid an acceptable salary. It adhered to an acceptable school year calendar. They required hours that were on par with other schools.

    Cons

    There was large turnover of teachers and administrative staff. People were laid of in the middle of the year with apparently little concern for how this might disrupt their lives. There was low moral, administrative confusion, and a general lack of trust.

    Advice to Management

    Management should support teachers better, show greater integrity and transparency, try to hold on to staff, get student behavior under control with a school-wide behavior management system. The school culture needs to be a much more positive overall.

  8. "Member of the Board of Trustees"

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    Former Employee - Board of Trustees in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Board of Trustees in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -an organization with a goal of improving educational outcomes in traditionally underachieving neighborhoods in urban areas.
    -a well run organization
    -a excellent management team

    Cons

    -rely on tax dollars for their funding
    -a charter school in a city that would rather not have charter schools exist

    Advice to Management

    -keep on doing what your doing.
    -don't expand to rapidly


  9. "Reading/Special Education Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Reading/Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Reading/Special Education Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendship offers great salaries and professional developments. The school system has things in place to help their employees that may be having difficulties in their personal lives. The support of their teachers allow teachers to focus on developing the minds of their students.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that they have a long school day.

    Advice to Management

    No advice..just gratitude!


  10. "Assistant"

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    Current Employee - OFFICE MANAGER/PARENT Liaison in Hyattsville, MD
    Current Employee - OFFICE MANAGER/PARENT Liaison in Hyattsville, MD

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School (More than a year)

    Pros

    All about education and making sure their children succeed.

    Cons

    It goes by who you know.


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