University Academy is an awesome school. My son has been there since the school opened and it has been the best learning experience for him. The walk to reading/math concept has given him the opportunity to learn in an environment where the teacher is focused on his learning level and style. The principal Mrs. V is hands on and knows all the kids by name and the parents. The school just doubled in size and moved into a new permanent location and is working out a few kinks with that but all in all UA is the top choice for Bay county. Your child will have the best education here. They integrate learning field trips to go along with most curriculum and have lots of hands on learning time. Due to the extended school day they are able to have Spanish and PE every day and Enrichment time to make sure that all students grasp the concepts that were taught earlier in reading and math. The PTO is very involved with supporting the school in whatever they need and always have things going on for the students and staff. Compared to other schools here UA seems like we should be paying for the education our children are receiving for free. GO EAGLES!!
- submitted by a
September 19, 2014
I have had an absolutely horrible experience at this school. My daughter's teacher was nice and so was the aftercare teacher but the Pre-k director is atrocious. She treats parents as if they are idiots and so beneath her. When I spoke to teachers about her their response was, well tha is how she is. We just have to deal with her. I want to know why. She kicked my daughter out of the school because she wears a pull up during nap time. She just turned 4. That is not that unusual. I have spent close to $800 in fees and supplies and uniforms just to get her in the school. Not to mention the $150 a week. Her attitude is sickening
- submitted by a
July 24, 2014
The other reviewer is correct. This is a fantastic A school. The walk to math and walk to reading really set this school apart. They also have a foreign language (Spanish) class for EVERY grade starting at Kindergarten. They listen to classical music while painting the works of Monet, they have PE every day, they have hands on science experiments even in Kindergarten. The principal knows every student's name. They even offered Mandarin Chinese to every student. EVERY school should be modeled after this one.
- submitted by a
January 21, 2014
This school is incredible! There is no comparison to public school! There are an extraordinary number of benefits for your child to go to this school. Students are taught in Reading and Math based on their ability levels with a "walk to" concept. It means students literally walk (or stay) to the teacher who will be teaching Reading/Math at the level they tested in. Furthermore, every teacher has a para in their room so the students have two teachers there to assist them. Is your child bored at their other school? Or do they need extra help and are being left behind? My favorite part of this school is how well rounded I feel my child is because along with Reading/Math they have very strong units. Unit studies include integrating their Science, Social Studies, Art, and Music! In fact, they even have an extended school day just so they can have the extra time to accomplish all this and still give students time for physical movement(PE) everyday! Parents here have very high expectations for the school, which is terrific! You do sometimes hear negative comments from parents and I just have to remind them that their child is receiving FREE private school education at this school!
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