My children go to this school. It has a good athletic program and the academic curriculum is well rounded.
IA is excellent for sports (very competitive) and also offers an excellent education if you're up for the challenge. It takes work.
If you want 'top notch' schools, move to the Florida panhandle. We strive for the Best and nothing less. All public schools (with only a handful of Academy's in the area) here are excellent in my county. The teachers actually care about the children, schedule parent meetings, and email you if there is a problem. I would not live anywhere else but Florida, and I know my children are getting a great education.
This school is the best school that my son has ever been to. It has alot to offer. The teachers really care.
As a parent, I feel that you must be in the know to get a good education here. My son went here for 2 years and it was always something. My son never had any problems before he came to IA. We moved to MS because of my job. IA was the best school money could buy or was it. My son was had A+'s in every class until we came here. He was not in the know and soon became a outcast even the teachers were no help. 1500.00 for WHAT?
As a current senior at the Indianola Academy, I have a first hand account on the excellent education that IA provides. I am taking all honors courses, which is challenging; however, I feel that I am becoming well prepared for college. IA is known throughout the delta for it's wonderful teachers. As with all tasks, the education you get out of IA is determined by the amout of time and effort that you put in. I have put in a great amout of effort into my education, and consequently have already been accepted to 4 major universities in the south (2 of which are out of state.) I stongly disagree with Mr. Milton Stinson's view on IA, but there are always those 'know it alls' in the world of which you must learn to ignore. I believe that Indianola Acadmey truly is 'Your place to Shine!'
Indianola Acadmey's curriculum speaks for itself. Students can't possibly be competitive at the tier 1 college level if the only foreign language offered is Spanish(especially at the honor's level)!
As a graduate of IA, I have the right to say that I had to work hard to over come the lack of education I recieved at IA. Mr. Stinson was right on with what he had to say! Only a small handful of teachers were prepared to teach the material assigned.
Unlike Mr. Milton Stinson, I believe that Indianola Academy is a very good school. I am currently a senior and have acquired a wonderful education. I am currently taking Calculus, Advanced Chemistry, and English IV, which I think will place me above many others in education once I reach college. The art and sports departments are both great as well. It's small where you can get to know everyone, yet gives a quality education that will allow you to succeed in life.
I am actually a student at IA. IA's standards are very good. And you actually have to take more than JUST pre-algebra. I think that IA's motto integrity and achievment holds steady as of now.
Education is a triangle of learning involving the instructor, student, and parents. While at Indianola Academy, I gained the tools needed to score high on ACT and SAT to advance my education beyond Mississippi.
This school has always based everything around sports. The curriculum and teachers are lacking. A better education is available in some of the public schools in the surrounding area.
The school has always had an unfortunate reputation for its sub-par curriculum. This reputation is fostered from a lack of quality educators it continues to employ and therefore lacks 'glue' to maintain itself. Unfortunately,the board of directors is obviously less than dynamic and doesn't see the big picture. When I was a student, many classes were taught by P.E.or football coaches who had no idea of the material to be taught or what to do next. Many faculty are employed based on how 'well to do' they are in the community rather than educational merit. This school continues to shrink and will cease to exist in a few years. I would not recommend this school to anyone. M.R. Stinson
This school does not give students the education they need. Students who graduate are in many cases not even eligible to enter college. A student can graduate from high school without even taking any Algebra besides pre algebra (or they could in 1998). The standards at this school are horrendous. I will never send my children to IA. I want my children to get a good education. Not just 'get by.'
Indianola Academy is a private school. I rate this school as one of the best schools in the Mississippi Delta. It is a small school. Total enrollment is 420 students K-12.
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