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Friendship Public Charter School Reviews

Updated December 1, 2016
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  1. "Member of the Board of Trustees"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. "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!


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  5. "Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Not consistent amongst campuses"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Salary was above normal w my qualifications

    Cons

    No consistency across campuses, PD's were pointless


  7. "Self-serving administration only concerned with public image"

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

    Pros

    I honestly can't think of any.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment
    Lack of consequences for students
    Overall shady practices
    Shallow administration

    This place is only concerned with the media and public image and perception of the organization. They do not care whether or not students are actually learning or being served as long as the public perception exists that it does. There were some good kids there, but the misbehaviors far outweighed the positive ones. Students roamed the halls, ran in and out of classrooms, had to be literally forced into classrooms by security guards when it was time to go to class. There were no consistent consequences and literally no ongoing support for teachers to deal with the behavior that impeded the learning of students who actually wanted to learn.

    The principal at the campus at which I worked was almost never seen in the hallways except for when visitors were there. She was more concerned with posting selfies of herself on social media than actually having anything to do with the school.

    Advice to Management

    Take off your stilettos, put down the selfie stick, and actually walk through the halls of your school and engage with the students and teachers. Try to make the image of your school that you're so desperately trying to cultivate a reality.


  8. "Chaotic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Some of the teachers are experienced and awesome to work with
    - Most of the kids are great

    Cons

    - Lack of transparency in the communication
    - Disorganized
    - Teachers are often disrespected by both the admin and teachers
    - Lack of resources
    - Managed like an ineffective business, very bureaucratic
    - They sell themselves to care about the kids, but they care more about data

    Advice to Management

    - Transparency
    - Respect


  9. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenbelt, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of supportive teachers who helped.
    They did have many professional development activities.

    Cons

    The kids were awfully behaved and there was no plan in place to deal with their behaviors- cursing, throwing things, not doing work, sleeping, etc.
    This is a place that wants to mimic private schools, but unless the behaviors of the students change, it will be for naught.
    Teachers were expected to put their lesson plans on the website weekly. If you failed to do so, you were told about it in not so friendly words.
    If you had to deviate from the plan because you could not possibly get what was planned done, you were told that you did not know how to plan well.
    There were supposed to be security guards on all floors of the school at all times. However, many times, there was a shortage, or some other issue. I have several fights break out in my class, and no one was there to help.
    The policies they have for the students are very difficult to enforce- I spent many days getting cursed out because I asked a student to tuck n a shirt, or put on their tie. Kids were supposed to have their cell phones confiscated if they were used in class, but instead I got cursed out for it and the kids refused to give up their phones. The next step was security, but they were not there many times.

    Advice to Management

    You need to accept that these are not private school children with supportive parents, good behaviors, and who have strong work ethics and desires to do well. The students at this school have so many social and behavioral issues to work out first, before you can even think of getting them into college.
    There has to be a very strict, tight, and consistent discipline plan. There is no reason that any teacher should be cursed out or threatened on a daily basis.
    I am currently in a private school, and it will take so much work on the part of so many people- mostly changing people's attitudes about education before you can get ANYWHERE near how good private schools are.
    You need to have a policy in place that removes students who are not taking advantage of the opportunities given to them, to make room for the kids who would take very good advantage of and make full use of the programs there.


  10. "Don't Work Here"

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

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of. Would have liked to give this place -1 stars.

    Cons

    Terrible place to work with self-serving adults who do not truly care about the well-being of children. Pay is not adequate.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe they can try and pretend that they value staff.


  11. "Not ideal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Working in a school that is committed to student success; instructional coaches incredibly helpful.

    Cons

    Administration, from the top down, engaged in unethical hiring practices and poor new employee onboarding; focus was on public image and not the day to day classroom challenges.

    Advice to Management

    Make administrative decisions more transparent to staff; make professional development applicable and tangible.



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