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The Academy At Nola Dunn

Public | K-5 | 662 students

 
 

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Posted February 14, 2013

Both my boys love going to school at Academy. One is in 4th and one in 1st. Both started in Kinder there. I like that they stay with the same teacher for 2 years in K-3. All teachers and staff have always been friendly and helpful. They have great music, spanish, art, and PE programs/teacers. I know getting familiar with Spanish all through elementary is really going to help them later if they take it in High School. Oh, and you don't have to camp out to get your kid in anymore, so don't be scared by some of the earliest reviews! Now you apply online at a particular date/time and they fill the open spots in the order your app is entered online. There are steps you have to take before that though so visit the school or website for that info. The parent involvement is very high and each family must do at least 10 hrs of volunteering, but even if you work there are opportunities for getting it done. The other main thing is there is no bus service, so you have to provide transportation. The brain based teaching is great and I think it gives the teachers more freedom to really get the kids learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2012

I LOVE this school! The teachers are wonderful and so hands on. If your child is behind in any subject they pull them out of class for one on one tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

If you like a vice principal that never smiles and doesn't acknowledge you even when you say hello and and an office staff that glares at you when you come through the door, this school is for you! Not only does this school have it's own brand specific dress code that requires spending tax dollars outside of it's city, the vice principal personally okays if your child's shoes are appropriate. They pride themselves on everything they do, but the place is pretty unorganized. If you want to be an active parent, you are welcome and that may help you get past the unpleasant district employees that make you question if you child is in the right place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

is it necessary to live in the disrict for nola dunn? is there an entrance test? we are planning to move to burleson. my son has to go in grade 2 this yr. need help !


Posted October 5, 2009

The Academy at Nola Dunn,is a wonderful atmosphere for not only students, but also parents.Everyone is so friendly and positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

My son has attended this school since his first grade year. I have been very pleased with the teachers and the school ! I would reccomend this school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

It's a shame all schools do not use brain-based learning techniques. After one year of home-schooling, my granddaughter went from high excellence to average at Stribling. Now at the Academy, she is back on top, mastering all subjects and getting superior reports. The vertical teams and emphasis on leadership are extremely beneficial to children's development.


Posted November 23, 2008

Both of my children attended Nola Dunn. What an amazing start for their education! They have been able to transfer what they learned in elementary to their learning in middle school and high school. My only problem is that Academy only goes through 5th grade. I would give anything for this type of brain-based learning to be implemented in the higher levels of education in Burleson. Over all, if you have the opportunity to get your child into the Academy at Nola Dunn, you will not regret it! Both of my children have never scored below commended on the TAKS test and I credit a lot of that to the Academy! Do yourself and your child a favor....check out this school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

The Academy at Nola Dunn is different in that all teachers use brain-based learning techniques (Eric Jensen) hand-in-hand with the Multiple Intelligences Theory (Howard Gardner). Students enjoy field trips and traditions. Many extracurricular clubs and opportunities are available. Students are organized into vertical teams (one each of K-5 class together) as well as horizontally (all grade level together) for learning activities. Parent involvement is required through various volunteer activities. The school has a total 'outside the box' mentality and new ideas and teaching methods are welcomed. Most of the teachers are outstanding and put in far more hours preparing curriculum than the average elementary teacher to provide the necessary stimulation. Teachers team-teach and lower level teachers communicate with upper level teachers so subject matter is taught in a logical fashion in order to reach Texas requirements (TEKS) and to prepare students for the TAKS (state-mandated testing). Students wear uniforms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This school provides the closest thing to home school in a public environment. Parent involvement is encouraged therefore I can be up there as much as I want to and know what is going on at the place my son spends most of his time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

Wonderful extracurricular activities for well rouded students. Parent involvement encouraged. Overall great school and happy kids. The teachers bring their animals for the kids to interact with and the kids are given freedom to kit on the floor etc..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Different learning and teaching style. Check out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2006

Academic program is very good. Students are encouraged and challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Great school. My daughter is in the 2nd Grade & she 'looped' from K to 1st & stayed w/ the same teacher. That was wonderful. Less stress on child & the teacher is already familiar w/ the class. Great parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

The Academy at Nola Dunn has exceptional specials classes including art, Spanish, music, and PE. They also have wonderful after school groups like runner's clubs, gardening clubs, jump rope club and so on. Parental involvement is extraordinary. The really good teachers seem to appreciate that, the not-so-good ones are not always fond of it. We are like any school, it's all about the teacher you get, and we have a lot of good ones as well as a few bad ones. We have high academic standards and help is always available for students who need a little extra attention. We have enjoyed the benefit of that dedication. I do believe on a disciplinary level that our school lags behind. Unkind language and behavior between students is tolerated by some teachers much more than I am comfortable with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

I agree! Spending the night in freezing temps to get our children in at the Academy was well worth it. This is an awesome school designed to help every child meet his/her full potential by giving the child an active role in his/her own education. I highly recommend it. It's wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2003

After seeing the ratings on Great Schools.net, I was especially pleased to have my daughter in this school. It was well worth spending the night in the cold weather to get her enrolled in The Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Every School District should be as lucky as we are to have The Academy At Nola Dunn! It is an awesome school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female96%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education88%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female94%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education75%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students90%
Female88%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education67%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students91%
Female100%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education83%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female96%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students91%
Female86%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education67%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female79%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education67%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Female91%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education78%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female77%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education67%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students72%
Female80%
Male62%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education22%
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female96%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education100%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students95%
Female94%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education50%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted95%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education67%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 29%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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