Democracy Prep is a special place where scholars are empowered to become the future leaders of their community. We couple our rigorous academic curriculum with opportunities that develop our scholars into civically-minded and well-rounded individuals. 100% of our scholars are accepted to a four-year college.
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Our Focus On Civic Engagement
At Democracy Prep, civics is incorporated into our curriculum at every grade level. We believe that our scholars will change the world, and we want them to be equipped with the skills to do just that. One component of our civics program is an emphasis on the importance of voting and political engagement. All of our scholars go out into their neighborhoods to encourage community members to vote. All of our scholars also participate in Days of Service, when they have the opportunity to complete a community service project with their classmates, like delivering meals to the homebound or refurbishing a community garden.
Our Teacher Flexibility with Supports
As educators, we know that there are certain core practices that are essential to ensuring all scholars receive a rigorous, joyful experience- deeply understanding curriculum, strategically analyzing data, building strong relationships. What this looks like may differ in each region and school- and we believe that those closest to the ground need to be involved in making those decisions. Democracy Prep provides strong frameworks and systems, and leaders work alongside teachers to ensure that these systems and frameworks are placing every scholar on the path to college– and questioning when they are not. Having autonomy within a framework ensures we can be an outcomes-driven organization.
Our Leader U Program
Democracy Prep’s Leader U program is another way DP offers development to our staff. The Leader U program was created to train and develop individuals who want to become transformational and highly effective school leaders. One and two-year pathways are available. The Leader U program helps participants focus on becoming effective teaching coaches while also taking on increased responsibilities within a school. They also have the opportunity to refine their leadership skills during a school-based fellowship.
Educating ALL Scholars
We are committed to educating all scholars, regardless of their learning needs. This includes back-filling any empty seats at all grade levels, educating scholars with IEPs and 504s using targeted interventions from our ACT (Academic Collaboration or Special Education) Team, and using thoughtful data measures to make sure that every single one of our scholars is on the path to college.
ACT: ACT, or Academic Collaboration Team, is our name for our Special Education team. Our ACT team ensures that all of our scholars receive the support they need to excel in school.
ARTS: We are proud that our schools have a thriving arts program. Our scholars have the opportunity to participate in speech and debate, Jazz band, keyboard band, musical theater, dance, visual arts, and more. The Democracy Prep speech and debate team has won many state and national titles.
ATHLETICS: Democracy Prep scholars are offered many opportunities to participate in athletics, including soccer, basketball, football, and cheerleading.
Our Global Citizens Program
Upon graduation, more than 60% of our alums will have traveled abroad on an educational trip at least once during their high school years. By comparison, only 1 in 10 U.S. undergraduates will study abroad and less than 20% of those who do are African American or Latinx. These experiences not only help our scholars to stand out as college applicants but provide them with invaluable social capital during college and beyond.
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Benefits at Democracy Prep
Democracy Prep prides itself on our generous benefits, which we believe are an important component of a positive staff culture. Our benefits include:
- Maternity and Paternity Leave: a twelve-week fully paid maternity or paternity leave is available to employees who have been with DP for at least two years.
- Retirement planning: you have the option of enrolling in a pre-tax 403b or post-tax Roth with matching options.
- As a DPPS employee, you can choose between three medical plans to select what best suits your needs. DPPS also provides options for dental, vision, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), a Dependent Care Account (DCA), a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and an Employee Assistant Program (EAP)