Friendship Public Charter School Employee Reviews about "hard working"

Updated Nov 29, 2018

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Friendship Public Charter School Chairman and Founder Donald L. Hense
Donald L. Hense
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  • "An unhealthy work environment that promotes racial and gender inequities(in 3 reviews)

  • "Long hours sometimes, but it's all for the students(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good School, Difficult to Work At"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus I work at is Tier 1 & the community definitely shows that. The students are rowdy, kind, and curious kids. The adults are dedicated and hard working. Nearly everyone is willing to lend a helping hand in some way. This is definitely a data-driven school that is dedicated to doing well and seeing their scholars succeed. Some of the most rewarding moments were during the Tier 1 celebration, during spirit week, in school-wide assemblies, and in classroom incentives. The great thing about this school is that many students care about each other and they care about you too. Parent involvement is very high

    Cons

    Friendship is a highly rigorous school for students AND staff members. As a teacher, I have spent many hours tracking data, modifying work, tailoring instruction, assessing the students, and more every week. It is a method that has yielded results, but its also a method that relies on a constant appraisal of the situation and changes to reflect that. It a ton of work & often piles on top of the teachers' shoulders. There is an incredible pressure to see student success & incredible focus on reaching and remaining Tier 1. This is not necessarily a bad thing but can be daunting when first joining a campus. Friendship, while an excellent school, is incredibly cliquy as a staff member. There are definitely niche groups that individuals can have difficulty joining. Coworkers and leadership often expect a certain response without being absolutely clear on what they expecting. Orders and requests are often phrased as suggestions or advice. Parents are very involved, which can be both good and bad, depending on the day.

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good intentions, highly dysfunctional."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Friendship Public Charter School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff members truly care. They are dedicated, hard working, and supportive of one another Children Families Curriculum, HMH Facility Great place to learn to manage work/life balance Benefits and Pay It could be MUCH worse

    Cons

    Overcrowded classrooms. Emphasis on enrollment 7:30-4:30, only July off. Efforts, even excellence go unrecognized, or some efforts are even criticized for a proficient performance. Lip service to core values. No structures for students' socio-emotional development. Virtually no community outreach. No consistency with discipline and instructional leadership. District lacks coherent vision. Often, district messages and principal messages do not align. Creativity is discouraged because rigid models must be followed. Teacher support is minimal. High staff turnover with little to no district action or incentive for retention. High expectations with minimal administrative leadership and specifics to support upholding the expectations.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "I don't mind working here but..."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Friendship Public Charter School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of my colleagues are very committed to the work of teaching and are very hard working and diligent. The schools are located centrally and are generally easy to access via public transportation.

    Cons

    The schools do not value its teachers--little effort is made to acknowledge exceptional teachers and the environment is very unprofessional. Favoritism abounds and development of teachers as professionals and leadership opportunities are slim to none.

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