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Plato Academy Reviews

Updated July 9, 2018
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  1. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Clearwater, FL
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    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Plato Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full autonomy to teach students. As a teacher you're able to use resources that would fit your students needs. You're not required to use something that doesn't work. Very friendly staff. Everyone made you feel like family.

    Cons

    Less planning time with your team than desired. You're required to do 2, 30 minute clubs each week after school.


  2. "ESE Teacher"

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    Former Employee - ESE Teacher in Largo, FL
    Former Employee - ESE Teacher in Largo, FL

    I worked at Plato Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supervisor was not breathing down my neck; most teachers, staff, and parents were okay to work with; good school hours

    Cons

    Upper management is not too friendly or supportive; schools lack people with strong leadership roles, esp. to handle unruly students; RTI is not understood and/or followed properly by majority of staff

    Advice to Management

    Fight to keep good staff-- make them feel valued and appreciated.

  3. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with lesson plans and creativity with outside projects

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to public schools nor near the extent of technology. It’s great students are given laptops but the infusion and correlation to technology can be maximized with the use of google classroom, quizlets and other applications to prepare students for 21st learning theories. Teachers are NOT given this option.

    If your a female and not Greek forget about any career advancements. This became so much more clear when I switched to the public school arena then eventually promoted into administration in Pinellas County Schools. Quite the double standards. It’s ALL about the per pupil money they receive in funding from the State and their 1 million dollar grants they receive which go to their Superior Management then line itemed first to pay themselves quite high salaries and not funnel back into teacher raises, supplies for students and facility upgrades.

    Advice to Management

    Appropriate money accordingly (don’t line your pockets first).
    School facilities should be line itemed for continuous and ongoing improvements (a school should NEVER have mold that expose their students or staff.
    All children CAN AND WILL learn regardless of an IEP. Don’t enroll these students because they will bring testing numbers down - which is often the case.
    The propensity to prosper is there - stop the greed and focus monetary allocations where they should go - staff raises, lower and better insurance and benefits packages, improved school facilities just to name a few.


  4. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plato Academy full-time

    Pros

    Each student gets their own laptop
    iPads in the classroom
    Flexibility to teach

    Cons

    Greek program should be longer than 30 minutes
    No social studies curriculum


  5. "Teacher"

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

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere and flexibiliity. Teachers are very helpful as a newcomer to the school.

    Cons

    Alot if additional, "outside the classroom" duties


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    "Vpk Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Vpk Assistant in Pinellas Park, FL
    Current Employee - Vpk Assistant in Pinellas Park, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Plato Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company to work for. Everyone is so nice. I've never had any issues and the pay is good. Christmas party is always fun as well.

    Cons

    Parents can be a bit much sometimes but nothing else bad lol

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly coworkers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Plato Academy full-time

    Pros

    Some very hard-working people work here.

    Cons

    As a charter school, funds are limited and space is at a premium. The lack of space can be trying on students, teachers and administration.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on creating schools with enough elbow room to teach and learn efficiently.

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    "English Instructor"

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    Former Employee - International English Instructor in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - International English Instructor in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Create own lesson plans
    - Competitive Pay

    Cons

    - Demanding employer
    - At times insensitive