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California Virtual Academies Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • The chance to work from home as a teacher has been amazing (in 30 reviews)

  • All the work you could ever want for full-time pay, health benefits, and retirement contributions (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The pay is far below what brick and mortar teachers are getting (in 5 reviews)

  • Teachers are stressed out with high work load (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Stressful Job"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to work from home

    Cons

    Long hours, work never felt done

    Advice to Management

    Take the burden of paperwork off of teachers, so they can focus on teaching.


  2. "Special Education Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Special Education Teacher in Napa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great to work from home

    Cons

    The pay was much less than a traditional school

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay by even 10% would decrease the turnover of teachers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Really, really bad now. Used to be good."

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time

    Pros

    Working from home was the only benefit.

    Cons

    A lot of work, not really a teacher, but an attendance clerk, students are not forced to show up to class, students have no real accountability, upper, upper admin doesn't work with teachers, but instead fights against them.

    Advice to Management

    Love and respect your teachers, pay more and work with the teachers instead of against the.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Special Education Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at California Virtual Academies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The chance to work from home as a teacher has been amazing. I never thought I could do something like this as a teacher. It is also exciting to be in an innovative field.

    Cons

    The pay! The pay is much lower than brick and mortar schools but you also have to factor in cost of commuting, childcare, etc that you would have to pay at brick and mortar.

    Advice to Management

    Work with union to create a better work environment and pay scale for teachers.


  5. "Needs new techniques"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time

    Pros

    Work from home, teachers are there to help you and look after you.

    Cons

    The new schedule changed the flexibility, plus more work was added and it became a nightmare for many.


  6. "LOVE the job - pay could be better"

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    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at California Virtual Academies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being able to teach from home is awesome! In a time when technology is constantly changing, it is great to be a part of a school where technology is being used in a useful way and not just to say they use technology. Coworkers and principals are extremely helpful and want the best for you and the children. Great job for a teacher who wants to get out of the chaos of brick and mortar schools but still teach.

    Cons

    The only con is the pay...it is not as much as you would make in brick and mortar school. Also, they don't start you at a pay based on your years of experience, so everyone starts at the minimum pay. Hopefully a salary boost is in the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers need to be paid more.


  7. "Education Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Education Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Education Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work from home, able to schedule classes when convenient for your schedule

    Cons

    No support, conflicting guidance, high leadership turnover, no consistency, don't care about employees

    Advice to Management

    Find out why people leave, get valuable input from experience staff. Hire qualified staff to lead Sped teams. People without Sped credible should not be hired as a program specialist. Uncaring leadership piles work onto staff without any concern and offers no help or support for challenging cases, teachers are on their own. Upper management seems to only care about their own agendas and forget who their customer is. Leadership not qualified to manage school staff, most do not have admin credentials or training.

  8. "meh..."

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    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Former Employee - Virtual Teacher in Sonoma, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work from home. no discipline issues. they supply devices for you. very supportive staff

    Cons

    too much clerical work. sending printed grades to students. tons of students. attending iep meetings over the phone. chasing and playing phone tag with truant students. extremely fast paced! work life starts blending in with home life due to working from home.

    Advice to Management

    hire office people to deal with clerical things and attendance issues. let the teachers teach. pay more!


  9. "Administration doesn't care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at California Virtual Academies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work from home 90% of the time, except for testing season and any face to face meetings administration calls.

    Cons

    Must be able to be totally tied to the computer for most of the day. There is NO flexibility here. The pay is far below what brick and mortar teachers are getting. You could do a lot less work for the same money elsewhere. Administration will not do any face to face meetings with teachers. They do not answer emails. There is a veil of total secrecy and silence. We are bleeding students and teachers are being let go due to administration's inability to make changes to keep teachers and students happy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers. Do away with the 15 hours of teaching. Students don't come and you are wasting our time. If you are going to take away flexibility, you better be ready to pay a real salary commensurate with the amount of work we are doing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Runned like a business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Virtual Academies full-time

    Pros

    You don't have to deal with classroom management and you have some flexibility. Although much of it is slowly being taken away.

    Cons

    The upper administration does not care about their teachers, students or families. They do not want to take responsibility for their actions and they do not listen to what their teachers are saying. They pay is incredibly low for the cost of living in California. The work load you will never be able to keep up with. It is not teaching it is just a checklist of things you have to get through to satisfy administration. K12 has so much power over the way the school is runned it's crazy. And nobody is listening to the teachers on he front lines. Administration believes you are replaceable. So they don't value you at all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your teachers and proposals decent salaries and work loads.


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