Agora Cyber Charter School

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Agora Cyber Charter School Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
7 Reviews
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agora Cyber Charter School

    Pros

    The admin and teachers are great.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support your teachers and staff with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Confusion at administrator level makes teaching difficult

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agora Cyber Charter School full-time

    Pros

    Work from home
    Great network of teachers

    Cons

    Too many links in the chain of command creates miscommunication and disorganization
    Long hours
    Completed tasks only to be told at the 11th hour they needed changed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies need to be more cohesive top to bottom. My experience at PD was terrible and a waste of time as meetings were either moved or canceled at the last minute and no one knew where we should go. Whenever I asked questions like I was encouraged to do I was told " everyone feels this way and it will all work out". Never a straight answer because no one knew. The HR paperwork I completed there was lost and had to be done again at my inconvenience, not to mention the fact that it included all of my personal information and could be floating around out there. Find a way to make your school feel more,like that and less like a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    I am proud to be a part of such a trailblazing online school.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agora Cyber Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work environment is very pleasant and encouraging. Workload can be heavy at times, but we keep ourselves motivated.

    Cons

    There are down times in terms of workload, which makes for some tough days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Steer clear of Agora

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Wayne, PA

    I worked at Agora Cyber Charter School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The teachers have a lot of heart.

    Cons

    The management is unorganized, poor communication, changes direction/information, overworks teachers, huge classes, little support, high pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You spend a lot of time looking for and hiring teachers, but you also spend little time after that to keep them. Stop shifting the sands and direction of your priorities, dumping excessive work on teachers who are already overworked, and hiring and promoting people who are not qualified to supervise others, and allowing Department Heads to make-up the rules as they go. Develop one school-wide organization system for all teachers/departments and develop a focus to service the student and not your bottom line. And finally, if you do not have a Union, get one. Too many good teachers are "disappearing" due to your lack of professionalism and the whim of those in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    My Experience at Agora Cyber School

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    Current Employee - Cyber School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Cyber School Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Agora Cyber Charter School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, leadership opportunities and promotions.

    Cons

    some travel into the inner-city of Philadelphia.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Overwhelming, changing environment in need of transparent and fair policies for salaries and bonus structure.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agora Cyber Charter School

    Pros

    Work from home. Many great coworkers. Fully subsidized health benefits.

    Cons

    Policies and plans change constantly. New programs not beta tested before being implemented in the total school. Salaries inconsistent from year to year. Bonus structure completely flawed. K12 materials not the best and technical issues rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay teachers fairly and in accordance with industry standards. Eliminate bonus system. Implement evaluation procedures in line with the online environment, not a brick and mortar environment. Remove ineffective staff. Use a substitute service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Rewarding but always changing

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    Current Employee - Family Coach in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Family Coach in Wayne, PA

    I have been working at Agora Cyber Charter School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, create own hours

    Cons

    Salary, Lack of consistentcy and not always valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow appropriate time to see if the implementations actually works

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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