Teacher (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – February 15, 2018
Democracy Prep promotes its rigorous academics and culture of hard work as something positive but it is more of a reflection of poor management, instructions and inconsistent leadership and discipline that puts everyone in a position to work so much harder than they need to. For example; teachers who worked on their lesson plans over the summer had to completely re-write them 2 days in to the school year because they were not aligned to the networks standards even though no standards were provided at the time. Students disrespect staff and some are suspended, some are not...
This place is discouraging to work as the teachers do not feel valued at all. In a PD one administration made a comment that "lesson plan feedback is not optional" and this is told to a team of experienced teachers with years of classroom expereince
Cant think of any
Irrelevant Professional Development when more time can be for planning
Teacher (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – February 14, 2018
I would not recommend this job to my worst enemy. Only some people are held accountable while others collect substantial salaries for barely working. Questioning anything is not allowed and you’re forced to move on in curriculum without student mastery. Administration is petty and not held accountable for misconduct. Great ideas for a school but poorly executed.
Educator (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – January 10, 2018
There is no way to be a great educator and have a life in this building. Many have tried, all have failed. Leadership expects you to give every ounce of your being to this job but they aren’t always willing to do the same.
Teaching Resident (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 1, 2018
Typical day at work includes a 10 hour work day with minimal time for lunch. Management system that is effective but does need further development. Overall, the network has a great culture system established for students.
Teacher (Former Employee) – Camden, NJ – November 27, 2017
The students at DP were wonderful and challenging. The curriculum was not tailored to any of their needs. Students came from many backgrounds including abuse and homelessness and DP did not provide professional development to teachers for how to address issues, there were no guidance counselors either. Both administrators (the "principals") were unqualified with less than four-five years of teaching full time in a classroom.
Stress inducing, terrible management, low performing, no life outside work
Mathematics Co-Teacher (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – November 8, 2017
*ridiculous expectations of employees *apparent nepotism *need to really suck up to higher ups *can not trust coworkers so be careful what you do or don't say *be prepared to kiss Saturdays and life with family goodbye *pay was pretty sweet but that is because you're working so many hours it's insane!
Special Education Teacher (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 28, 2017
Democracy Prep is challenging school. The staff and the administrators were outstanding. Working as a contractor in a temporary resource Special Education Teacher at Democracy Prep was very rewarding experience. I enjoyed working.
Special Education Teacher (Current Employee) – Harlem, NY – July 13, 2017
Democracy Prep is wonderful place to go to work each day. Most of the kids are hard-working and the families are invested. Teachers and staff work hard to get the scholars the academic services they need to succeed. The days are long, but the work is very rewarding. The effort you put in is definitely given back. There is a lot of room to grow and to move up in the network.
Great staff, good benefits, friendly environment to work in, ability to move into leadership roles quickly
Educator (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 3, 2017
If you care about the development of children it's hard to work here. Children are forced to march down hallways and abide by rules that would be difficult for anyone to follow. Many of the educators that are hired do not have educational experience (no experience working with kids or degrees in specific area of expertise). Teachers do not have a healthy work to life balance. They are given a total of 5 days (include sick and PTO) which doesn't correlate with the amount of time spent at work. Teachers usually work over 10 hours a day and have nonpaid Saturday hours to complete. If a teacher is absent, other educators have to cover classes. There is no autonomy in classrooms and educators feel disposable. Many people leave throughout the year and the retention rate for teachers are low. Managers lead by trying to ensteel fear in others. Majority of the managers have no training in managing adults, which makes it extremely difficult to grow. Manager are unprofessional and do not encourage feedback.
Unexpected coverages, work to life balance, unprofessional managers, low return for teachers, students expected to be robots, tedious work for educators.
Custodian (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 7, 2017
This is a very fun and exciting place to work with flexible working hours, great benefits and excellent management. The culture and mission at Democracy Prep of preparing students to be great civic leaders speaks volumes!
Alumni Facilities Staff (Current Employee) – New York, NY – January 4, 2017
For an Intern, the day is comprised of much more smaller tedious task than a teachers day. Teachers work towards a similar end goal,Us Interns help by providing the foundation work such as making sure the professionals at work have no excuse. From working under Democracy Prep, I have gained the ability to do work "Just because." No matter how many task they pile in front of me, they will all share the same fate: Completion. Management-wise, Democracy Prep is very organized, complete with an human resource team, a Finance Team, A Data Team and even a Alum Team. I look up to my co-workers because they are on similar walks of life, where as they are around my age and looking for work to develop themselves. The hardest part may be the hours because we have to be up earlier than school starts and later than school ends. The most enjoyable part is the "comparison factor." I like to compare the things I do to the games I play, for example the Democracy Prep network is like the USS Normandy from Mass Effect, Of course i'm Commander Shepherd and we all have an aligned path to save the youth of America with Education. The best part no doubt is the end of the day when we rest from running around in constant motion.
Yes, catered lunches, Holiday Bashes, Democracy Prep Outer-wear and other gear.
Teacher (Current Employee) – Harlem, NY – December 29, 2016
Clueless administrators looking to exploit new teachers desperate to teach in New York City. Low pay, long hours, and a focus on controlling students through fear rather than education. Anyone considering working for this school, you have been warned.
a police state interested in teaching students through fear
Teacher (Current Employee) – New York, NY – July 20, 2016
Democracy Prep has been an awesome experience. Lots of professional development, and my supervisor has been amazing. Everyone here is extremely hardworking, and while it's not the easiest job, I've thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. DP works really hard for the students it serves, many of whom are attending and succeeding in highly competitive schools, including Ivy Leagues! Democracy Prep is not for the faint of heart, but more for those who are looking for the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of its students.
Rewarding work, great benefits, plenty of vacation days, tons of professional development, hardworking and intelligent colleagues
Finance (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 19, 2016
The finance dept has people at the helm who look absolutely miserable. They look like they hate their jobs as well they lack professionalism and respect. Communication is all around poor since one hand doesn't know what the other is doing. Paying bills feels more like accounts receivable than accounts payable since you'll find yourself chasing employees for their supporting documents for outstanding invoices. It's a mess. Even messier when it's handling the finances for nine schools. Two people left before I joined and one left the week I started. That's never a good sign. It seems to be a revolving door in other areas as well from what I've witnessed. The neighborhood is horrible and felt unsafe. The two people who interviewed me barely spoke in two interviews and gave the silent treatment while working there. Simply abusive and dysfunctional. Avoid this place at all cost.
Free coffee if you drink coffee
No parking anywhere, neighborhood felt unsafe, no good places to go to lunch, dismal work environment
Teacher (Current Employee) – New York, NY – March 19, 2015
The admistrative staff is thoroughly unqualified for their positions. Because of this, morale is low, teachers are frustrated, and the focus isn't on the students. Teachers are overworked, suffering from 10-11 work days and mandatory Saturday work. Teachers are held responsible for administrative mishaps.
Higher than average starting salary
10-11 hour work days, low work place morale, disorganized management