As a former student of IA for the full 12 years, I have full rights to tell the truth about it. First of all, you must have the right last name to get anywhere there. Grades are handed out according to your parents social status, as well as sports inclusion regardless of how good you are in whatever the sport. I feel that many would-be sports legends were eliminated at IA simply because of the last name issue. Secondly, the teachers will bully students as much as the other students will. I had a teacher who, for whatever reason, didn't like my parents and she purposely tried to prevent me from graduating by failing me on purpose. So-called school administration was absolutely useless and worthless in getting this remedied. Thirdly, it is and has been a tremendous expense to avoid going to public schools. In the MS Delta area, there are no other choices, other than home schooling. Public schools are nothing but a zoo and private schools are a joke and a waste of money, at best. To sum it all up, avoid IA at all costs and home school if you can. The full twelve years I was incarcerated there, I had only three teachers that were of any quality. The rest were absolutely useless.
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.
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!'
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.