Teach Where It Matters Most
We’re on a mission to find passionate, equity-minded teachers to ensure all students can reach their full potential.
Dual language programs
Through Dual Language education, our students typically enter the program in the early years and develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a second language over the course of a number of years. The long-term goals of Dual Language education programs are:
- High academic achievement
- Cultural competency
Unique Advanced Placement (AP) Courses Offered Across All High Schools
All students at schools that offer AP courses are eligible to take the courses. At least eight AP courses are offered at each comprehensive and application high school, with at least one course in each of the four core subjects. DCPS pays for all students’ AP testing fees.
The goal of our Career Academies is to ensure that DCPS schools are offering high-quality courses that align with DC’s high-wage, high-demand careers. Students enrolled in these programs complete a three or four-year course sequence (in addition to their core high school classes) that includes preparation for industry-recognized certification exams and participation in work-based learning experiences, including internships, job shadowing, and industry field trips.
The Department of Athletics is committed to having a sound interscholastic athletic association. DCPS aims to achieve the following:
- Reinforce the concept that interscholastic athletics is a vital, integral part of the total school educational program
- Emphasize standards of scholarship, sportsmanship, and amateurism
- Promote and develop educational leadership physical fitness, athletic excellence, and sports participation
- Initiate, stimulate, and conduct interscholastic athletic programs for student-athletes and strive to promote equal opportunity to members
IMPACT: Evaluation and Feedback System
Great teachers are essential to student success. That is why DCPS teachers who earn Highly Effective ratings are rewarded with bonuses up to $25,000 and can earn up to $3.7 million over the course of their careers through IMPACTplus—DCPS’s performance-based compensation system. By paying teachers what they are worth, DCPS excels at retaining its most effective teachers, particularly in its highest-need schools.
Empowering Students of Colors
World Class Education
Dual Language Program
Change the path of public education
No traditional public school district in the nation has closed the achievement gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers. Individual schools have done it. Some charter school networks have done it. But DCPS is going to be the first large urban school system to do it.
Today, we're at the cutting edge of education reform, doing the work that most districts are just talking about. DCPS is the fastest improving urban school district in the nation.
It all starts with a simple idea: make great teaching the priority. We aim to give every student the chance to learn from an excellent teacher – and defy expectations about what our students are able to achieve.
Through the Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) program, experienced teachers can apply for specialized positions where they spend at least 50% of their time teaching in the classroom and the rest of the time coaching other teachers and leading school teams. This is just one example of how you can develop your leadership skills and expand your impact within DCPS.
My experience teaching at Aiton Elementary School has been wonderful. From the day I started serving this culturally wealthy community I was welcomed with open arms. Aiton Elementary is a place where all students can excel academically, socially, and emotionally. I’m proud to belong to a community where students, families, and staff members feel safe, valued, cared for, engaged, and respected every time they enter the school building.
– Alejandro Diagranados, Elementary Teacher at Aiton Elementary School
In School Year 2022, 49% of DCPS teachers self-identified as Black, 9% as Latino/Hispanic.