Administration is extremely poor and inefficient. Parents are never given a clear answer. Absolutely no extracurricular activities and kids are expected to remain in their seats all day except for 1 hr of the day. Not enough time for kids to eat their lunch or snack.
We attended UA 02-05 and didn't go to the Coppell location. I had a 4th grader there in 04-05. When coming to my exemp. lisd school he did poorly for the 1st 6 weeks. Math and reading were lacking from UA. Now he's back on track in 6th. There is a gap in education there. It seems the lower grade classes are better than the upper grades. It's hit or miss with the lower grade teachers though.
My daughter currently attends UA in the 1st grade. The curriculum is definitely more advance and challenging. She spends up to 1 1/2 hours a night on homework on Monday thru Thursday. Students are taught based on abilities (which is good). The play ground is built but not completed. There is no cafeteria despite promises since last year so students must pack their lunches. The students to teacher ratio is high due to cut back in staff (24:1). The administration is still unorganized and make a lot of empty promises. There isn't any extra activities. Communication between teacher/parent is poor with the exception of mandatory meeting once a month. Parents are not informed till the last minute. Good academics but poor in everything else. Also has preschool, Satori Learning Center, curriculum is not age appropriate and very strict in policies. Not a very loving and nurturing environment for 3-4 yr. old.
I moved my 5-year-old son to UA from his public kindergarten in CFBISD because he wasn't being challenged enough. Overall, UA was a good experience for him. The nightly homework taught him discipline. Longtime teacher Ms. Frantz was great, had good control of her kindergarten class and challenged my son. We were disappointed in the uncommunicative principal, who never tried to meet us. A year later, there was still no playground, gym or full cafeteria as promised a long time ago. The drama teacher and nurse are nice. The new classrooms are very small. They need a stage because you couldn't see the performers at the Christmas program. The Parker uniforms are costly but quite durable. The student body is very diverse. The parents are very supportive of this back-to-basics education. The kids had to bring their own lunches every day. I just wish they had a playground.
Communication is poor. You have to know the right questions to ask to get your answer, because information is not offered to you. You can't even get a hardcopy handbook or a facilities tour. Parents are not told of the requirements for the advanced classes. The administration refers you to the website which is never updated. The bus system is terrible because kids are made to wait in hot buses and then mixed in with the older kids with very little supervision. However, the education is far superior to the local schools depending on which teacher you get. The pe coaches are great. The art class is substandard for the lower levels despite what i had previously learned. I am debating whether or not we return due to my frustraion with the administation's lack of communication and guidance. Maybe if they had been educated at universal....
If you are thinking about attending this school, be sure to find out how long they are planning to stay at their current location. This is their fourth location in five years. Continuity is a real problem at this school. I have moved my children to public school, and I realize how much was really missing at UA. They are much happier now.
The school needs a lot of help adminstratively. Hopefully, it will turn around before it is too late.
UAs new campus is awesome. They have a wonderful new building and it is the best thing that could have happened to them to move to Coppell. The campsu administration is great and they are doing a great job of educating our children to the highest standards.
My child is attending Pre-K at the Coppell campus. Everyday I ask her how her day went and she responds in a positive manner. This means a lot to me because the children are the ones that become close to the teachers and staff. Every teacher and staff I speak to are polite and intriguing and the attention thye give all the kids is remarkable. We drive about 50 miles to Universal and the drive is worth it. The school uses a great cirrculm and the staff is supportive.
My son attended prek-1st grade i as a parent loved the school, my son started to dislike it due to a lot of work they were given on a daily basis. So I had to moved him to a public school I realize how behind public schools are, my son loved it, it made him feel secure of him self knowing a little more than the average kid. That I thanks universal for, to me it will always be a great school I just feel bad my son didn't like it.
My oldest has attended K and 1st at UA and I have been very pleased with the quality of his teachers and how much they care about each student. I am hoping that the school will relocate back to the Lewisville/Flower Mound area, but for now we have been pleased enough with the school that I am willing to travel to Coppell.
The kindergarten teacher our child had was wonderful. HER instruction was excellent; however, the school facilities and support were horrible. We only stayed a year. There were many promises of improvement made that never came to pass. Had the physical conditions of the building and the attitudes of the staff been better, we would have considered staying. BUT I am not so certain since most of the good teachers left a while ago.
Constantly in the dark. Less than a month now until new school year, & still don't have building to attend. Communication is poor. Education great in my experience for lower grades, however weak in 4th, & have been advised by other parents 5th is worse. Undecided whether to return!
As a parent of 2 at UA the academics for my 2nd grader were great. It appears 4th grade was uncertain I'm not sure if she was taught everything she should have. The real disappointment is never knowing what's going on in the school until the last minute and most of what the admin. says ends up not coming true. The new principal is kind and the nurse is great.
We have heard wonderful things about the academic focus at Universal Academy. The feedback that we have received from parents of students that attend there has all been positive. The student to teacher ratio is small compared to a traditional public school and staff and administration make a point to become involved with each student.
Quality program with a lot of parent involvement. Teachers, parents and students work together to strengthen test scores.
Please talk to parents whose children have left this school. I put my children back in public school and was shocked to see the children of my child's teacher at Universal Academy attending the public school also. This school is lacking in so many areas. There is no way for a child to receive a balanced, complete education at this school.
I just drove by UA Flower Mound, and noticed their sign advertizes 'gifted and talented eduaction', yet when I withdrew my children on the state standardized transfer form there is a box for 'gifted and talented ed' and the box was marked 'No'. This school is not what it is cracked up to be.
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