Allan Academy has been a blessing to our family. We have been an Allen Family for about 8 years. Out 2 children could not imagine attending any other school. The curriculum is challenging and we feel it is getting better all the time. This school has put a lot of students in the right position for college. It is the best choice in the Brazos Valley.
Allen Academy is an exceptional school we are excited and proud to be Allen Academy parents. It is interesting to read the reviews, most of the negative reviews are from "parents" who do not seem to have children attending Allen, and they all seem to say how wonderful the teachers are, which they are. Is that not what we want, the front line, so to speak, of our children's education are the teachers. I know my child, currently enrolled at Allen, is excelling and blossoming in ways I never could have imagined. My Kindergardener reads and preforms math at a second grade level. Politics and finances will always be a factor in private school functioning and will always wax and wain, how else will the school make improvements to things like science and technology, one of the most expensive parts education, if not for strong finances. If you are going to overlook the excellence in education for unwillingness to deal with the schools need to raise funds which all goes back to the students of Allen, then perhaps your family should go to public school. I think it will take some tough and strong leadership to make Allen Academy what the board wants it to be but I also think it will succeed.
As a former student of Allen Military Academy (graduate 1963), I feel that the present school has tried to "ride the coattails" of the former school that built up a reputation for being a top military school in Texas. Allen's history has been re-written to "glorified" the present school and make it appear that it is a continuation of the original. The present Allen Academy should not be confused with the former Allen Military Academy!
We have been an Allen family for 12 years. We have been through the ups and the downs. More downs. The leadership is still a struggling but, the teachers are excellent and the academics are now the best they have been in years. We are still considering other schools for our rising High Schooler, as I am not sure Allen offers enough for a well rounded student going into college. But our younger kids are happy, challenged and doing well. If you are looking for a great alternative to the sorely lacking public schools of the area, give Allen a look.
Our family tried public school but found that Allen was the right place for us. Our 2 children have attended for the past 5 years and we couldn't be happier. Yes, Allen had all of the growing pains mentioned in the other reviews. These are pains every school has but the board, staff and parents at Allen listen and make changes to correct the issues. The new headmaster has been in place for almost 3 years and the turnover has slowed to a minimum.Of course there is an occasional teacher that leaves and gets everyone in a tiff, again this happens everywhere. The facilities are A+ and getting better everyday. The cirriculum is pretty tough but the students seem to do well making the transition to college and Allen has a long trackrecord of 100% of seniors attending college. I couldn't imagine sending my kids any place else.
We sent our children to Allen this year after years of frustration with the public system. Both myself and my wife attended both public and private schools in our education, and feel we have a good handle on what we can expect, and what we can't, from a private school. Allen has been wonderful - our children have blossomed, and their teachers are top notch. I expect the new headmaster to only improve the school and help it's future. I have found the only people I have known in this town (lived here a long time) that have had problems with Allen are those who want either to run the school themselves, or who's children get in trouble and they think that paying tuition excuses that. Neither is what I want from a school.
We consider ourselves furtunate to have been an Allen family for the past 10 years. Our children have received an excellent education in a safe and nurturing environment. As a parent it has been such a comfort to me to know that when I drop off my children in the morning and head off to work, they are going to be well looked after by faculty and staff that I know and trust. Children who are treated with love and respect will grow up to become adults who love and respect others and who are an asset to the world around them. Add to this a strong academic program, EQ program, athletics, music, art, band and a host of after school activities and it is easy to understand why Allen Academy is well worth the cost for families like ours who are eager to raise up compassionate, well-rounded children.
Passion, best sums Allen in a single word. The teachers are what makes Allen great. Their passion has kept the school alive in spite of the afforementioned lack of leadership. You will not find a staff more dedicated to your children. Allen also has smaller classes(12-15 students per teacher), a competitve athletic program, a distinctive fine arts program, a safe attractive campus, and an overwhelmingly passionate parent base. If you want your child surrounded by quality peers who encourage and challenge one another, give Allen a try. Speaking as a parent, who was educated in Bryan, Allen offers a safer, more stimulating, education with less negative influences than I received over two decades ago in public school. Allen Academy is 123 years old. It will continue with the support of passionate parents who ask, how can I help it ?, rather than those who ask, how can it help me?
It is interesting to note that while many caring, qualified teachers were let go at the end of last year, it seems that the 'budgetary difficulties' have been solved, as all the positions seem to have been filled, albeit by less qualified 1st year teachers or coaches. As an ex-Allen Academy extented family member, I have say what a great school this was, and I'm sure to be saddened by what it may become.
We are very, very happy with Allen. The small class sizes and individual attention to the students is what you are paying for. The curriculum is good and my child is challenged.
If your child is gifted, send them to Allen. If your child is witty, smart, creative and above average, send them to Allen. If your child has the potential to attend the finest universities in the country, send them to Allen. The school is not about the administration, the students academic record speaks for itself. Anyone who has a probelm with the change in administration, really is simply hiding the fact that their child couldn't hack it. This school is for the exceptionally bright and the future leaders and CEOs of our country. You cannot help but be a success if you go here. To parents that focus more on who is head master, truly you are public school quality thinkers.
The volatility of the school is affecting the quality of education it attempts to deliver. A massive firing of teachers in an effort to 'control costs' only exacerbates a feeling of paranoia that trickles down to the students. How a school can become this far in debt demonstrates a blatant lack of leadership at the Board level. I would not recommend this school when there are other private schools in the area and better public schools.
Allen is a great school with some serious issues. While the teachers and staff are fantastic, Allen lacks clear and stable leadership. Once a good headmaster is put in place, the school will once again flourish. Foreign languages and math are also a problem. There are not enough languages offered at this time and there is a high number of international students in the Upper School who can aide in helping the younger students succeed in a foreign language. A new math curriculum is needed ASAP. My oldest is behind in math and has had to work very hard to catch up this year to the 5th grade level due to insufficiencies in the lower grades. The school is currently using Everyday Math and it is a terrible program. There are man good things about the school. Parent Association is very active and involved in making the children's experience at Allen a fun
We have been at Allen for many years. While in the beginning we were very happy the school has been undergoing many changes and the disorganization and lack of administrative supervision is being noticed. As a parent I am unsatisfied with the current climate. It has become to much of a business rather than a learning institution. Academics are not up to par considering tuition rates. Character education is preached but not practiced. I expect more from Allen Academy.
Allen Academy is trying to be the best independent school in the Southwest. It has a long way to go. The teachers are fantastic, but they have very little technology and limited resources due to the schools deficit. The Board of trustees is too involved and hurts the school. The new building is a joke and was not designed with students and teachers in mind. Allen tries hard, but it will never be the best in the Southwest unless it increases its administration and the board and current administration listen to the faculty and parents.
I think Allen Academy is great because the teacher are amazingly good teachers that interpret activities in the schedule for that day in order to help students , such as myself, really learn the material so they may exceed in life. Furthermore I love the personal relationship that I am able have with the teachers. My only hopes are that more students will come so that the school may grow. Best wishes to Allen Academy and all of those who are thinking to join.
Allen Academy is the finest school in the area. The level of curriculum is at least a year over local public schools. They are becoming more competitive in athletics and learning character and personal responsibility.It is a safe, family-like environment and I cannot imagine my children going anywhere else. They will be well prepared for college and beyond! The teacher, due to smaller class size , take extra time and effort to get to know each child and improve on their weakness and use their strengths. They are in the process of building a new campus, that will be a fantastic facility. Students are required to follow a strict code of honor and are held accountable by their peers. There are many opportunities for families to be involved at every age level. We love our school!
I will always remember the happy memories my kids made at Allen. Great school with awesome academic and sports program and wonderful leadership.
High quality academic programs, high parent involvement. Small classes (<40) give students the opportunity to participate in almost any sport or extracurricular activity they wish. Older and smaller facilties are more than offset by the great atmosphere, student involvement and faculty leadership.
The academic programs are improving; the extracurricular activities are lacking; and the level of parent involvement is good at the lower school and minimal at the upper school.
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