KIPP DC Employee Reviews about "classrooms"

Updated Mar 6, 2020

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Supportive administration -High pay -Sense of community -Emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion -They care about teachers and provide us with perks like T-shirts, swag during Teacher Appreciation Week, food, coffee, etc. -Beautiful buildings and classrooms -Access to supplies and resources -Sustainable prep schedule at the high school level -Staff cares about students -KIPP is rebranding itself away from the "no excuses" model and it's refreshing!

    Cons

    -Long work days (7:30-5:30 PM twice a week; 7:30-4:45 PM three days a week) -Short summer (5 weeks)

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Emotionally, Physically, and Mentally Draining"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Salary -Offer opportunities for professional advancement

    Cons

    -7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. workday -No real behavior management training or support (you are serving large class sizes, highly "tricky" behaviors. -Micro-managed classrooms/limited teacher creativity- lessons plans, verbiage, schedules are scripted -No guaranteed lunch, admin uses your only "downtime" to have meetings -Meetings during lunch & after school directly after students are dismissed -Limited time to spend in the classroom (tossing papers for the day, etc.) unless you get to work extra early or leave late -Claims to value cultural competency, however, much of the decision making is made by Caucasian women - Terrible Maternity leave


  3. "Downhill Fast"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great co-worked, better pay than most teaching gigs, excellent PD

    Cons

    After the huge expansion (opening several schools in a short time), the school went down hill. There was too much turnover in leadership to open these new schools, which resulted in ripping greener teachers out of classrooms to replace those leaders, and eventually - the school sort of fell apart. No discipline, weak hires, lots of turnover.

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  4. "Teacher"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive Salary, well funded classrooms

    Cons

    Long working hours, large class size

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Unsustainable Work"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very well-resourced; we never wanted for supplies in our classrooms because we always had whatever we needed (also very rarely had to spend my own money for class materials)

    Cons

    Work-life balance was challenging; behavior management policy is extremely rigid for such young students; school day is too long for teachers and students alike

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great staff, long hours"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time

    Pros

    Staff is amazing and very supportive of one another (depends on which school) Parents are generally easy to work with and very supportive of teachers Administration is generally supportive

    Cons

    Teachers work 60 + hour weeks every week Little flexibility/ individuality across classrooms

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Teacher"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I have been working at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Targeted coaching and substantive, helpful professional development -Amazing teaching staff committed to motto that all children can and will learn. Strong collaboration within teams and across grade levels -Competitive compensation and classroom budget -Vibrant and joyful classrooms -Supportive network with many opportunities for growth

    Cons

    -Lengthy school day can be challenging for both teachers and students -Work life balance can suffer for teachers, particularly during your first few years of working here

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible, tone-deaf leadership at Lead Academy, network seems otherwise healthy"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KIPP DC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing, smart, passionate teachers committed to the work they are doing. My coworkers were all people I liked and admired, and some are still among my closest friends. The work is rewarding in that the kids are wonderful. Salaries are extremely competitive, even among charter schools. My impression is that the most of the other schools in the network are healthier than the one where I worked, but I have no first hand experience there.

    Cons

    Can only speak for MY former school, Lead Academy: Extremely long hours, mandatory after school meetings adding to the extended day, meaning that we'd often get home around 8 with no planning for the next day done. No shared planning time built into schedule to facilitate teacher collaboration and cut down on out-of-school work hours. Minimal support for student behavioral issues, no consistent plan in place for responses to extreme or dangerous behavior. Leadership is reactive (and often reacts inappropriately, ie: picking a child up or shutting down a classroom for being "too loud"), and only responds when convenient or absolutely necessary. Expect curriculum/schedule to change multiple times per year with little to no notice. Teachers are treated as "weak" or "not committed" if they struggle, and "support" takes the shape of leadership taking over classrooms or demoting struggling teachers without coaching. Minimal observation and coaching. I could go on, but it's really more of the same. School lost 2/3 of its staff after year two (last year) and has already had a revolving door of teachers this year.

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