Great for student successes at the expense of educator
Educational and Resource Aide (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 23, 2016
Friendship Public Charter Schools provide underprivileged students with great learning opportunities; however, lack of instructional materials leave educators to create and follow their own content... as long as it aligned with the organizations strategies and plans for each grade level. Support from the administration is difficult to receive and employees are often left to utilize personal means to be effective in the classroom. The most difficult part of the job is the amount of irrelevant professional development the staff is required to attend.
Special Education Teacher/Case Manager (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – April 26, 2016
I was taught to work and adapt in any environment. I am a reflective thinker, I take suggestions and criticism and use them to make me a better educator. I believe you can learn something new everyday and especially from our students, especially my students with IEPs. I love to work with the most challenging students because they keep you grounded, make you always think of new/innovative ideas and they challenge you to become a better teacher for their benefit. I've had the opportunity to be both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom; and now I have a new-found appreciation for the classroom teacher and all that we offer a school district.
Great coworkers and professional development opportunities
Lack of strong leadership and Consistency w/both staff and students
Security Officer (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – August 3, 2015
enjoy working here such a great experience i learned most of what i know about security from working at friendship, management is okay but can be a lot better, my coworkers are awesome. the hardest part about my job is not enough money to meet all of my needs and the most enjoyable part is meeting new people everyday and the learning experience.
1st Grade Teacher (Former Employee) – 645 Milwaukee Place, SE Washington DC, 20032 – July 28, 2015
A typical day started with breakfast then moved into morning meeting. This was followed by a morning literacy block. The literacy block was centers based with a read aloud at the beginning and guided reading throughout. Lunch and recess were next. The afternoon consisted of a math block, followed by a social studies/science block, then a special to close out the day.
There was a large technology focus. Scholars had access to a SMART Lab, chromebooks, and Promethean Boards. There was a focus on giving scholars the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
Group Leader (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – February 10, 2014
I work part-time in the After-Care Program, at four o'clock i pick my second grade kids up from their class rooms. I bring them down for supper, we eat supper until 4:30-4:45. After supper we may take them out for a 15 minute recess depending on the weather or their behavior. After that we go into our class rooms. From 5pm-6pm is power hour, this is when we teach the kids about math, reading vocab or what ever the lesson is for that day. At 6pm they are allow to do their home work until their parents come and get them. They have to be picked up by 7pm.
IT Administrator (Current Employee) – Washington, DC – October 1, 2013
Normal Day include troubleshooting various issues from, AD account issues, WI-FI connection issues, Repair of broken computers and peripherals, migration of servers from 2003-2008, implementation of new software.
Hardest part of job was the lack of support from administration. Most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the children get excited about technology in the classroom and being able to support them.
Productive workplace, committed to the mission of educating underprevilege children in Washington DC.
Procurement/Contract Manager (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 7, 2013
Fast paced, busy, satisfying. Committment, intregrity, hardwork, Management has changed considerably in the last two years. Getting staff to follow some of the policies. Seeing the impact we had on the students we served.
satisfaction of providing a world class education to the students
Food Preparation Worker (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – July 1, 2013
I was always happy to go to Friendship everyday because of the people i worked with, the staff in the school and most importantly the kids. I had a outstanding director, he was the type that wanted it done his way and the right way and i couldn't complain about that because thats exactlty how i wanted to do it, the right way. So i've learned so much over the years working in a school cafeteria and i experience alot thanks to my director and i owe it all to him. But the only people i'm goin to miss is the kids.... I always enjoyed working with the kids , getting to kno them and understanding where they come from and all the daily life situations that happens in their life. But also have a heart for the kids who never had nothing like nutrition and healthy full bellys because certin kids didnt have it like that. thats why I love the way we give kids extra food if they want it or anything because everybody understood how important it is to make sure every kid has a full course meal.
teacher (Former Employee) – washington, d.c. – April 4, 2013
They pay their teachers slightly more than the going rate, but that's for a reason. You'll be looking over your shoulder and wondering when you'll be let go, there is a "good 'ol boy" network that is impossible for newcomers to breach, you'll have no voice, and will be asked to do menial, time wasting tasks for which you'll never see the fruits of your labor. I got out of there as soon as I could.