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Schola Review Summary

Schola is a Southeast Asian ESL company hiring Native Speakers to teach children 1v1 online. Pay is $10-16 an hour (negotiable), there are no penalties, no degree is required but you must have a teaching certificate and 1+ years experience, and only 5% of applicants are successful.

Pay (per hour):$10-12
Native / Non-Native Speakers accepted?Native
TEFL / TESOL / CELTA required?Yes
Degree / diploma required?No
Adult / child students?Children
Class size:1-1/small group
Minimum hours (per week):0*
*anecdotally it’s reported that teachers must work a minimum of 7 hours a week, but this is unconfirmed

Schola Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • No degree required
  • Non-China company
  • Good teaching materials are provided
  • No penalties
  • High teacher satisfaction

Cons:

  • Salary not openly advertised
  • No pay rises or bonuses
  • Only selects 5% of applicants and does not respond to unsuccessful candidates
  • Students are not automatically assigned but select the teacher they want from a shortlist

Is Schola Legit?

Schola is a relatively-unknown yet legitimate online school delivering English classes to students between the ages of 4-14 years. Founded in 2017 by Aditya Gupta and Tran Le Thanh Nhu, this education start-up is based in Singapore and Vietnam but draws students from across the region wanting to learn English to meet international school standards. To date, they have conducted over 100,000 classes and were recognized as one of the top 5 education companies in the Asia Pacific by the 2020 APAC EdTech Competition.

Schola Salary / Pay

The Schola pay rate is between US$10-12 per hour, depending on your experience and interview performance.

Schola teachers are paid between the 2nd-4th of each month via wire transfer.

If a student cancels a class with less than 24 hours notice or does not show, the teacher still receives full payment for that class.

Schola Hours

Schola peak hours are 6-8pm (Indochina Time) during weekdays and all day on weekends. Beyond this, teachers are flexible in choosing their schedule.

Schola classes last 30 minutes.

Schola Requirements

The Schola requirements for its teachers are that they:

  • Are a Native English Speaker*
  • Possess a teaching certificate such as a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA, etc.*
  • Have at least one year of online teaching experience
  • Love to teach and inspire kids and teenagers in class, with high energy
  • Have access to a backup UPS or mobile phone data

*The ‘Become a teacher’ page of Schola’s website mentions that they consider ‘highly proficient English speakers’ and the teaching certificate is ‘Optional’. However, this contradicts the main page which states that students are taught only by ‘Native Teachers… Certified with TEFL, TESOL and CELTA teaching certificates’. Schola recruiters on Facebook have confirmed that the company is only seeking Native Speakers at this time and that to be competitive an applicant must have a teaching certificate.

Schola Application Process

Teachers can apply by completing and submitting a short Schola application form with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Nationality
  • Teaching certificate
  • Can you teach during Schola’s peak hours (6-8pm weekdays and whole day weekends)?
  • Upload your resume/CV
  • Link to your introduction video
  • What is your expected salary per hour?

There is also an email address where teachers can alternatively send their CV and introduction video (should the application form expire).

Very little information is available as to the next stages of Schola’s hiring process, other than that there is an interview in which your performance affects the rate of pay offered. Do contact us if you can share any additional information from your personal experience.

Unfortunately, Schola only responds to candidates they wish to interview, and they openly advertise their exclusivity on the main page of their website in boasting that ‘Only 5% of teachers are selected to teach’ by the company.

We have heard from one Schola teacher that the onboarding process is relatively quick, should you be selected.

Schola Online Teaching

Schola online teaching is conducted via Zoom.

Schola English classes last 30 minutes and are usually conducted one-on-one with children between the ages of 4-14 years, though some are delivered to small groups.

Teaching materials are provided by the company, as are student reports which are sent 48 hours before a new class to aid a teacher’s preparation.

While not strictly a marketplace, Schola tutorials are not automatically assigned by the company. Students are offered a selection of teachers based upon matching calendars and requirements; they then choose the teacher they want based upon their profile.

Schola Reviews

The Schola Glassdoor page gives the company an average rating of 4.4 out of 5, with 85% willing to recommend them to a friend. This score is relatively high, though it comes from just 9 reviews, and yet only one review has given less than 4 stars to date (2 stars).

In summary, these Schola reviews outline quite a number of positives:

  • professionalism of the company
  • understanding and helpful support staff
  • good communication
  • timely payment
  • flexible schedule
  • respectful students
  • decent pay
  • no penalties
  • great classroom materials/curriculum

Negative comments include:

  • absence of pay rises or bonuses
  • pushy management when it comes to opening teaching slots
  • classes occasionally assigned outside of open slots
  • difficult to transition on time between back-to-back classes
  • bias towards some teachers

While at least three reviewers have praised the high booking rate, one did complain that they did not receive enough classes nor help from the company to increase this.

Here is a selection of the most balanced recent Schola reviews:

Conclusion – Is Schola Worth It?

The relative lack of information available and the fact that the company does not openly advertise their salaries or outline the interview process creates some hesitancy when considering Schola. Anecdotally, it seems that the pay is at least reliable and competitive compared to other non-China companies, but it remains static with no rises, bonuses or penalties. Teacher satisfaction appears high, though among a relatively small sample size, with the students, teaching materials, and professionalism all praised. However, only a small number of applicants will be selected or hear back from the company, and you must be available during peak Vietnam hours.

You can apply to Schola here.

Other non-China companies can be found here.

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Dr Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence is the founder of Online Teaching Review. He has been an international teacher since 2008, an award-winning academic, author of two books, and holds a PhD, MA, BA (Hons), and TESOL.

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