Florida Virtual School Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2020

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Pros
  • "It is not a difficult balance to maintain if you are well-organized and self-disciplined enough to work from home and motivate yourself(in 129 reviews)

  • "Flexible schedule, teamwork, administrative support(in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, teamwork, administrative support

    Cons

    Dealing with kids cheating is common, some parent issues.... similar to what you'd deal with at a brick and mortar school

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "SME"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Forward thinking culture, lots of professional development support, remote working

    Cons

    Time span to develop full curriculum was short, opportunity to test it on students was few and far between.

  3. "Leadership revolving door"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great, enthusiastic teams that you work with. Everyone is behind the vision statement of the company: Everything is about the student, and it shows. It makes for a great corporate culture. Most jobs are work from home jobs but they do have an office space, and annual conventions where you can meet everyone face to face. Generous PTO policy with lots of paid vacations, including summer break and winter break, even for support staff. Employer match into Florida Retirement Program, which is middle of the road.

    Cons

    It seems there is a lot of churn in the executive leadership and no one is there long enough to develop a strategy. The result is not only just keeping everything status quo with no real innovation taking place, but there is an active resistance to change. If you are wanting to work on big projects or learn new technologies, this is not the place for you. Everyone works on an annual contract so there really is no loyalty here. Compensation is a little behind the industry, and cost-of-living increases do not happen every year.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great School"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chief Officer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Caring Staff Who Are Committed to Students

    Cons

    Poor Board Leadership for Years!

  5. Helpful (1)

    "No loyalty"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal 
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing teachers who are dedicated to students and will always go above and beyond for them

    Cons

    Zero loyalty or integrity at higher levels of management

  6. Helpful (5)

    "RUN don't walk away from this company"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    work from home, no daily commute, benefits are great (salary is not)

    Cons

    atmosphere of intimidation, ZERO student buy in or student accountability, if you try to maintain the academic integrity or rigor in your classroom you are accused of wearing a "justice cape" and being out to get your students. You are disrespected and undermined constantly. The technology, policies, and procedures are incredibly out of date and inefficient. The pay is below most of the districts in florida. Your teacher evaluation is subjective to your principals whims. If you are thinking of applying here...RUN.

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Has potential"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Working from home, competitive salaries, flexible, great benefits.

    Cons

    no room for promotions or better oportunities.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good benefits and competitive salary"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best part is that you get to set your own schedule. It provides you some flexibility. However, most students call after 3:00 pm when they get out of school, so 5-8 are the busiest times of the day. Also, I Love working with my talented students. They have a lot on their plates and most work really hard in my class. They are doing great things and FLVS does offer opportunities for them to advance and to meet the demands of their busy schedules. Lastly, we provide a lot of support for disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and students struggling with school. Students can retake a semester for grade forgiveness and can move up to the next grade level. FLVS is filling a great need for our students.

    Cons

    Too many students and lack of oversight. There is constant change and students transferred from other teachers for a variety of reasons escalate your work immensely. Some teachers simply don’t monitor their students and some have been working there for many years. This means that you have to work extra hours to complete the work they didn’t do and students are unhappy as they are expected to adhere to course expectations for the first time.

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  9. Helpful (4)

    "Never done"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work from home Pay is okay

    Cons

    You are never done with work. It doesn’t matter how organized you are, you will be over-enrolled with students with never-ending required parent and student contacts and grading. You are expected to be available 8 am to 8 pm weekdays, but you will need to grade after hours to maintain work requirements. It took me months to decompress and and relax and not clock watch after leaving this job.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity working from home"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assessment Specialist in Orlando, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Virtual School full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working remotely , great vacation, benefits

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

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