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California Virtual Academies Reviews

Updated January 15, 2017
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  1. "Great Place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of Growth! There is a bunch of opportunities for you to grow with this company. They take care of the employees and have a passion for the culture.

    Cons

    New company on the west, they are experiencing some growing pains.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Annual Review"

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    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Virtual Teacher in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, this company is not transparent. Senior leadership collects a paycheck but is never present. Always a guessing game to what's going on, very sneaky.

    Cons

    Biased, no factual data used, only personal feelinfs

    Advice to Management

    Use data to complete annual reviews, no biased personal feeling. Create standards and expectations and communicate them to staff


  3. Helpful (1)

    "No teaching!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time

    Pros

    Work from home is a plus.

    Cons

    I felt more like an overworked secretary than a teacher.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "When "growing pains" cause "sudden teacher death syndrome"."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - High School English Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All the work you could ever want for full-time pay, health benefits, and retirement contributions. Fellow teachers who are as excited to teach and be at the "cutting edge" of educational technology as you are.

    Cons

    More work than is humanly possible, constantly changing co-teachers (because so many quit under the overwhelming work load), and administration that both "turns over" as rapidly as your fellow teachers quit and, while they are there, are either unwilling or unable to seriously address the company's chronic, systemic problems. Their constant advice whenever I became overwhelmed over the three years during which I was employed with them was to "just do your best." How does a conscientious teacher "do her best" with about 100 hours of work to do each week, thirty "homeroom" students to track and coach in academic progress and attendance each semester, and two hundred content students to teach, track, and grade?

    Advice to Management

    Think about whether your expectations of your teachers are even humanly possible, never mind reasonable.


  6. "Teachers Really Care About Students"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Simi Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Every teacher who works here is a professional who really cares about their students. There is opportunity to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Too much administrative paperwork and change within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Require less administrative duties and more direct support.


  7. "Good curriculum for students, horrible business practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home.
    Great staff to work with.

    Cons

    Work from home aspect is less of a pro with new policy.
    Little to no input from teachers.
    Families have potential to cheat the student progress. Not much done because they need to please their shareholders than helping students and teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat teachers fairly. They put a lot of effort to help out students.
    Do something to help prevent the high teacher and student turnover!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dazed and Confused"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is beneficial to work from home (but you're working 24/7 and there's no opportunity for work/life balance with the amount of work they expect you to complete)

    Cons

    High unrealistic work load
    low pay
    too many systems
    upper admin is unqualified, dazed, and confused
    Extremely high turnover
    Teachers rarely actually teach
    CEO NEVER interacts with teachers or families.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue about what you're doing. Listen to your staff. Allow teachers to actually teach. Increase teacher's salary.


  9. "Avoid this company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working from home is a huge benefit.

    Cons

    Poor salary, employees are not valued, student success is not the top priority. Upper admin likes to create unrealistic plans on paper that look pretty, but are not practical. Teachers are stressed out with high work load.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and pay them what they deserve!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "RUN!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Teachers are supportive of each other.

    Cons

    Upper administration makes horrendous decisions daily.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. Please. You are killing your teachers and the school. You are why 50% of teachers leave each year.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Ineffective Education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Former Employee - Middle School Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at California Virtual Academies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, immediate supervisors
    Work from home can be convenient
    Some flexibility

    Cons

    Work tasks are too numerous to perform effectively and within the work hours
    Students can easily cheat and get around the educational system
    Teachers are ineffective if students and families are not meeting the requirements, and many, many don't
    Teachers spend most of their time on compliancy and administrative work instead of really reaching students or work many hours of overtime to meet some student needs
    K12 is more interested in attracting and retaining students than making sure they are learning

    Advice to Management

    Quit the false advertising, retain teachers and give them smaller class sizes, hold families accountable by withdrawing those who are not meeting the requirements



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