Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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Florida Virtual School Interim President and CEO Ron Blocker
Ron Blocker
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  • I did not select Very Dissatisfied because I get to work from home (in 71 reviews)

  • The flexibility is great, the salary is fine, the benefits are great (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no job security and no employee rights (in 12 reviews)

  • You have to find work life balance with your family needs (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    FLVS is a Great Place to Work - Remember, Working From Home is Just That - Working

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    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You work from home. You do not have gas or clothes expenses. Professional Learning opportunities are always available. The new CEO, Ron Blocker, has made some great changes in past months. FLVS teachers no longer have to be available 7 days per week. The IL (principal) in my school house is exceptional. The other teachers in my school house are supportive and helpful. The health insurance package is good. FLVS is part of the FRS (Florida Retirement System).

    Cons

    You will put in many hours - especially during the Summer when most of your teacher friends and your children are out of school. The pay is low for the hours you work. There are no incentives (like bonuses or compensation for experience). A teacher just out of college will make the same pay as experienced teachers will with great yearly evaluations. Many of the students are disrespectful as they do not see you face-to-face, and they have no problem sending demanding or rude texts. You are rated on items that you cannot actually control such as parents responding to "monthly contacts", students that do not work after several reminders, and students who withdraw or that you must withdraw due to their own irresponsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to compensate teachers that bring experience. In addition, teachers are all over the place with "completions". Perhaps, offer incentives to those who go over quotas or run classrooms that are not "in the red". Eliminate the lead teacher program. Their salaries would be put to better use with giving them a class. The "weekly coaching calls" are demeaning by leads that have less experience than the teachers in their pods. Leads do not actually cover vacations as the teacher must work double the week before. A great idea may to put the classroom "on hold" if a teacher takes a vacation. The students can still work, but the monthly contacts, etc. would freeze. Hold students accountable for their own actions (or lack of action). Non-working students have too many chances before the long process of a withdrawal begins. With Seniors, teachers even spend time contacting guidance counselors. What are these students learning? They are learning lack of responsibility which colleges will not stand for. Would you give teachers weeks to do work, and then create special "IPPs" when they show a hint of interest? Students need to learn real-world responsibilities. Students need to be held to the pace. If they do not work, they should be immediately withdrawn. Do not hold teacher responsible for data they cannot control like monthly contacts and non-workers. The teacher is working.. it is the student that is not. Please do not tell teachers that are working more than 40 hours a week that they are unorganized or may need help with strategies. In my subject area, each instructor had hundreds of students this past Summer. There is no possible way to keep the class in order, grade, make phone calls, and all of the other responsibilities involved in a 40 hour week. I hope that management reads some of these suggestions as FLVS is really a wonderful place to teach, but Mr. Blocker has a long road ahead of him making slow and steady changes. He is headed in the right direction and has earned the respect of the instructors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Not Everyone Can Work Here

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    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Greatest Pro is that educators are on the cutting edge of the transformation from 19th century school structure to the next 100 years paradigm.
    Other pros: saves on gas, dry cleaning, and anxiety from the day to day jejune drama in the traditional setting.

    Cons

    The institution does not embrace it's vision of technological innovation ubiquitously. Example: Teachers, though salaried, still perform antiquated tasks like signing approving time cards to get paid. Tail sometimes wags the dog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to automate a lot of the mundane and repetitive management tasks teachers have to perform so they can concentrate on instruction and assessments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    A below average place to work. New Leadership has made a little progress in improving school but a lot is left to do.

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    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work from home, some fellow teachers, some instructional leaders, internet & phone stipend, Florida retirement system, some flexibility in schedule.

    Cons

    Low pay for hours worked, no pay for experience, no pay for performance, No backbone leadership, no teacher voice, no union representation, little respect for teachers, must chase students for work and chase parents to complete unreasonable contact expectations, student & parent surveys part of teachers evaluations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on helping your teachers by removing ridiculous contact requirements to give them more time to teach livelessons. Leaders should be required to work as a FLVS Teacher for 30 days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great Company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School

    Pros

    Great people, nice office and decent benefits.

    Cons

    No ability to completely disconnect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Getting better by the day but still a tremendous amount to do and "undo."

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Instructor in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School

    Pros

    Our new CEO. New working schedule which reduces what was once an 84 hour workweek to a more reasonable 50-60. Health benefit package is outstanding, but does not make up for the absurdly low salaries.

    Cons

    The school is still a mess thanks to the cliquish cabal of Julie Young. Dr. Blocker is doing an amazing job of attempting to undo decades of damage... damage to morale, damage to integrity, and damage to quality. He's begun with a reduction in our work demands (thank goodness - no more mandatory weekend work!), but he still has far to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dr. Blocker, you are a God-send... a blessing to this organization. Great start! Now please look to the following (in order of importance):

    1. Find a way to increase teacher salaries in general and to provide a step-based pay scale. It's absolutely insulting that a teacher straight out of college with zero classroom experience and a veteran teacher of more than thirty years, with exceptional yearly evaluations, should make the same paltry $45,000 a year. PLEASE. This is a no-brainer and you're a whiz with budgeting... find the money. Starting salaries should be a good $10K less than quality teachers with 20+ years experience, and ALL teachers at the 20+ high quality level should be making far closer to $60K to be in alignment with other districts, even our own FLVS franchises! Please. NO BRAINER HERE.

    2. Find a way to take the responsibility of chasing irresponsible students OFF the teacher's plate. We are already overwhelmed with high student numbers (see #3 below) and even if we were to have a standard 150-ish, so much of our time is wasted on "counseling" and chasing, instead of teaching. In a brick-n-mortar setting, this would be the responsibility of a guidance counselor or person in similar position. In your own f/t program, "homeroom" instructors take on this responsibility for a handful of kids, instead of doing it for all of their own. Were you to find a way to assign to those other than the teacher this job of "monitoring" and sometimes suspending, withdrawing, or placing on probation students who are not progressing, you could then assign your teachers more quality TEACHING responsibilities (i.e. live lessons, professional development, etc.) Teachers should be teaching. Willing kids should be learning. Period.

    3. Reduce our numbers. Conduct a thorough evaluation of the workload required to EFFECTIVELY teach each course, and then set the maximum number of students based upon that study. Some courses have up to 160 assignments required for them... lengthy, complicated, in-depth work from students which must be graded very carefully to ensure leaning. This takes time. Other courses have only 60 assignment required to complete, many of them auto-graded. All courses are not equitable... neither should be our maximum student loads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Heart and soul

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Florida Virtual School

    Pros

    Great professional development opportunities, exposure, and an ability to affect change. They really care about helping students succeed.

    Cons

    The organization sometimes get lost in being a "company" instead of a "school" this can lead to unrealistic performance expectations and a stifling of innovation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Great Idea, Poor implementation

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    Former Employee - Digital Media Producer in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Digital Media Producer in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Young ideas, some telecommuting, Not bad for first job out of college. Cool office people for the most part

    Cons

    I left years ago so it may have evolved a bit. Nepotism ran rampant. Some management stuck in the past

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Read all reviews and really question non- instructional reviewers as well as bogus school planted 5 star reviews.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - FLVS Teacher in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, great fellow teachers, a few really good instructional leaders, good benefits & professional development. Poor Old guard management has been removed for the most part.

    Cons

    Teacher contract is a joke, human resources is oppressive , you do not want to even call them for a simple question. Still some Julie Young cult followers in important positions. Low pay, no credit for experience, no pay raise this year, board slow to respond to problems with school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for starting to change things but please do not stop fixing things as you still have a teacher trust and confidence issues with leadership. Please look into a better pay scale as teachers feel less valued than traditional school teachers and county franchise FLVS teachers. Please make this a Great place to work again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. I love my job!!

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Tallahassee, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. I've been a remote employee for 6.5 years, and while at times is lonely and challenging when co-workers are in the office, I'm given plenty of guidance to accomplish work goals. Senior management has done an excellent job investing in team-building and professional growth.

    Cons

    Currently going through administrative changes but see great potential in new leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue investing in professional growth of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. The best company I ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Registrar in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people, admin interested in suggestions, work from home, great training and great management!!!!

    Cons

    Sometimes lonely working at home , sticking to 40 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being involved with every level of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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