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Connections Academy Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "It's nice to have the option to work from home" (in 70 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, awesome and competent colleagues, great administration" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Do not think that work from home means you have down time" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Low pay, have to be tech savvy, if you're willing to work for teacher pay it's great" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Elementary Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    Work from home
    Flexibility
    Able to devote more time to each student and family
    Able to meet the individual needsof the child
    Amazing coworkers
    Curriculum is provided, so your focus is not on lesson plans
    Corporate listens to teachers for new ideas.
    Great technical support from corporate

    Cons

    Logging conversations with families can be time consuming, but it is so valuable

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for listening and encouraging us allto be team players.
    Change the name of portfolios to a word that is note as threatening to students or parents. They are such valuable tools of learning.


  2. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    I loved working with students and seeing them make growth.

    Cons

    The pay is low. Teachers who work at a charter school are paid less.

    Advice to Management

    The school can be more transparent about changes. The Science and Social Studies curriculum needs to be updated.

  3. "Good school! depends on what you teach"

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    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Special Education Teacher in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive Leadership and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Special Edu department is growing so fast that the school can't hire fast enough, caseloads are large

    Advice to Management

    Expand their truancy team and improve their onboarding for new families and students


  4. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great teamwork and co-workers. Benefits are expensive, but good.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work- life balance.


  5. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    They have a supportive environment

    Cons

    They could improve on staff accountability


  6. "Online English Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity for Advancement
    Work from Home
    Benefits are terrific
    Salary is comparable to that in area

    Cons

    Salary based on state average would be great
    Work/life balance is difficult
    50+ hours per week
    Tons of redundant, administrative tasks for teachers


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Average Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Enrollment in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and 401k package (IF you can afford to contribute), lots of pto, work at home, growth (depending on where you want to end up)

    Cons

    Been here 4 years and my salary barely broke 35,000/year. The stress is NOT worth it. If you don't have children and have little to no bills,debt and live at home with your parents, then this is the job for you! Not a job for folks with actual responsibilities like children, student loan debt, medical bills. You will NOT make a living wage, unless you are a supervisor or higher.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth and the moral will increase. Turnaround in Enrollment is ridiculous. Get to the ACTUAL root of the problem: money. Pearson HAS the money to foster and KEEP amazing talent. Work at home is NOT enough to keep people around...

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of Work, Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Connections Academy part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    * Work from home
    * Not often micromanaged

    Cons

    * Paid $5-10/student. So, if you have a class with only a student or two, you have to do all of the work of recording and posting lessons, and holding live lessons, and spending a lot of hours for that $5-10. If you have a class with 100 students, it's more fiscally reasonable, but super boring to grade the same assignments over and over and over...
    * This place is WAY more political than any other school for which I have taught in my current state. The teachers are not supported as they should be. If a parent complains, the teacher is forced out rather than stood up for. That baffles me, as I have always been supported as a professional in previous schools in my current state.

    Advice to Management

    I'm begging you to pay us what we are worth. The take-home pay is more like sarcasm, considering all of the work, logging, calling, etc that I am supposed to complete each month.


  9. "Elementary Teacher"

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

    I have been working at Connections Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Great colleagues

    Cons

    High class volume
    work/life balance can be rough at first


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher, Secondary School in San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Connections Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work from home, collegial environment

    Cons

    Not as flexible as originally implied


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