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Foreign Language Academy

Public | PK-8 | 856 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2013

I an very happy to have my son attending Foreign Language Academy. It a great school in which my son is learning a lot already. i very much recommend this school for anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

My daughter attends kindergarten at foreign language academy. We are a white, middle class family of four living in waldo and are absolutely in love with FLA. My daughter is in a lively, loving class of kids. Her teacher is warm and has taught at FLA for 15 years. She is a master teacher. She believes that children need to play and enjoy learning. She also conducts all of the classes in spanish. My daughter is coming home and speaking spanish to me!! She is also in the accelerated reading program. Foreign Language Academy is now the only accredited schools in Kansas city. I believe it is safe and loving and the principal Dr. Allman is one of the best in the country. The staff is on the ball and always working to keep things fun and safe. They speak with respect to the children and are always present. I am a musician so the arts and muisic are important to me. This school offers a very good music program which cannot be found at Academie Lafayette and other private schools. Because this is a public school, as oppossed to a charter school, we feel a part of this city and feel that our presence in this school is crucial for positive change in Kansas CIty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

This school has greatly failed our kids, my daughter was in 6th grade at that school. They gave her substandard work ( 4th grade work) and no home assignment. She brought home more home work when she was in 5th grade. You complain to the principal and teachers and nobody cares .The school did not make AYP and have not been making AYP. The principal and some of the staff need to be replace, they are just there for a salary to pay their bills. Their is a great divide at that school. Shame, Shame, Shame. What a waste of time.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2010

My nephew is going to this school and in these times, I think it is very important that our kids learn a second language. I think it's easer for people to lean a new language the younger they are.


Posted April 29, 2010

I am the mother of a three-year-old preschool student. He is absolutely thriving at this school. It is a real pick-me-up when I come into the school and everyone is welcoming and knows who I am (as Mesan's Mom) I not only get hugs from my little guy, but from about 5 or 6 other pre-k students as well. He not only loves school, but absolutely loves the LINC staff and activities that he is involved in. I am really looking forward to my son becoming bilingual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I feel Foriegn Language Academy has a safe environment that allows a student to grow academically and socially. My grandson is in fourth grade and he's academic learning in reading and math meet state standards. This Pricinpal provides support in all areas that engages the students and parents.


Posted December 9, 2009

F.L.A even has a self contained gifted class -which I am in .This year I had the best teacher I've ever had by far and she has taught our class so much, but she operates differently. She doesn't just say,'It's time for' this and that ,she teaches things like not in a schedule .She usually goes on trips with her class like skiing on a Saturday,but she can't do that with this class.Our Acuity scores were 83 and 13 over 20,but she made us figure that out.The school is overall great especially the idea of the Eagles Club and Eagle Eyes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2009

This school does a great job navigating our school board. A free second language. K-8th grade. It's a great public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

I have two students at FLA, 5th and 8th grades. We are extremely pleased with FLA. My children have excelled in their academics and are bilingual. They will leave middle school with college language credits. And are prepared to learn a third language in high school. Their opportunities for a career are limitless. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to place their child in a wonderful and challenging learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

Im an 8th grader at FLA I've been attending this school since kindergarten and I'm kind of sad to see my time come to an end here. The teachers are very helpful the students are the nicest people you will probably ever meet, so tell you're friends, family who ever this school is where it's at.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2007

I believe this is one of the best schools that I have ever attended and it has taught me alot. F.L.A is a very high educated school that teaches the students the right quality of work that should be taught. I really do recomend this school for you to send your chld to, not only will your child/ren get the education that they deserve they will also have high quality teachers to look after them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2007

I think that the school is good but teachers at foreign language academy are to strict and that some of the teachers are to bossy to the student. They give them to much work and they try to do it but the teachers give them to much to work on at home and i kind of hate the school.


Posted October 16, 2007

this school is not a good school at all. I would not recommend your child to go here. there are constant fights they have no discipline matters and the students there are so vulgar and the teachers have no control of the students what so ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2007

I recommend for students to go to this school. Because I think that it is a great school for kids to learn a differtent language and if they already know it, they have classes for them. Like when I went there, i took classes for spanish. they have spanish or french classes to take. But i really do recommend kids to start their education here at Foreign Language Academy.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 4, 2005

I was at FLA when the school opened up to K-8 and I was able to witness the school blossom so marvelously. I'm very appreciative of my parents sending me to a magnet school such as this because I feel that I have a strong advantage in the world being completely fluent in Spanish (and English.) Now that I'm in High School,I'm continuing to take spanish classes, but I see how much higher of a level I'm entering at compared to the other students. I actually feel that I'm about as knowledgeable as the teacher is! And all of the kudos goes to FLA. I loved the staff there, as well as the students. Not only is FLA a great school for bilingual education, but it is filled with a warm environment that is open to everyone. Diversity is all around and so is love for lanuages and love for life!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 25, 2005

The first of our three children is preparing to enter first grade at FLA, after an outstanding kindergarten year. We are delighted that we chose this academically-challenging learning experience for our child (and that we've found such a diverse and fun community of other families). Our son finished last year soundly able to read and write in Spanish, and his pronunciation is wonderfully authentic. He enjoyed access to a great gifted program and looks forward to taking part in several of the many extracurricular activities the school offers as he gets older. While our family has the means to send our children to private schools, we are deeply committed to the principal of public education. After hearing all the bad news about our district, those beliefs were certainly put to the test. However, our research into public options led us to select this school, and that decision has been richly rewarded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

This school is a great school the ability for students to learn spanish and french is great I attended the school my 6, 7 and 8th year and it was great the school helped me prepare for high school and the teachers were there to guide me the security guards were even there when students need help everyone combines in the school the source of the acclerated reading program is wonderful. This would be a great school to send your child to. The school is even a k-8th school so both your kids in elementary and middle school can attend. This is the best k-8th school in the district.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 20, 2003

This full immersion Spanish school is a great place for kids to learn. I have two children in the program and their abilities in Spanish are impressive. I wouldn't trade this school for anytthing!


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 49% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 54% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 52% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 55% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 55% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students30%
Black16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic35%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students36%
Black16%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students38%
Black37%
Hispanic31%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students62%
Black50%
Hispanic67%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch58%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students42%
Blackn/a
Hispanic41%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students53%
Blackn/a
Hispanic56%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch48%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students30%
Blackn/a
Hispanic33%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students47%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students49%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic49%
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students8%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch10%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunch28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
63%
Government

The state average for Government was 57% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Free or reduced-price lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 52% 17%
Hispanic 37% 5%
White 11% 75%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/A44%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:30 am
School end time
  • 4:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Carol Durham-Allman
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (816) 418-6010

Programs

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
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Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 418-6000

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