The administration makes horrible educational decisions that affect children long range. Social development is not fostered, breaks are minimal. Please don't buy the line about their advanced curriculum. The curriculum depends completely on the individual teacher. Ask about their teacher and student turnover rate before enrolling.
It angers me when a few parents with sour grapes try to ruin the reputation of a quality school. Other than a few administrative issues, I have only good to say about UA. My daughter is black and has always been treated with respect, even on occasions when she may not have been respectful in return. She is getting a first rate education by very qualified and caring teachers. She is held accountable and appropriately disciplined, but only when she has earned it. I am proud to send my daughter to UA.
This school is horrible. it is made out of styrofoam. After a hail storm there were little holes in it. Half the teachers are not even qualified to be teaching the classes they teach. I will never send my kid there again.
The Flower Mound site was a very negative place. I actually heard the principle talk down to a parent, for asking a question, in front of (around 300) parents and children. The Flower Mound site was very unbalanced. I tried to get my daughter used to it from Aug-Dec...She cried EVERYDAY when I dropped her off. The kept telling me it was okay, she was just suffering from separation anxiety. The principle said she would get her to the counselor but the counselor s office never got setup while I was there. I feel so bad for having my daughter attend the school. Her Pre-K teachers were nice but seemed like they were lacking in experience.
Universal Academy is not a good environment for anyone (especially young children). The atmosphere in this school is negative. This attitude rubs off on the teachers and students. Even very young children are yelled at. These children need to be nurtured and loved. Social interaction and physical development are essential to young childrens growth. Young children need to do physical activities to develop their gross motor skills, and have opportunities for non-directed social interaction to grow emotionaly and socially. None of these things are offered at this school. Actually they are looked down on by administration. Your child deseves these opportunities. Most of the teachers are good teachers, but work under so much hostility that it is shown in there classroom. Notice how many teachers left last year. Do you want your child in an environment that promotes such hostility.
My son was in kindergarten at UA for 5 months last year. We transferred him to our local elementary mid year. The administration is atrocious. Very rude, condescending. Not organized at all. Very poor at communication. Parents please do not put your children in this school.
UAFM is off to a great start? The building was in foreclosure weeks before school started. (School officials vehemently denied this at parent meetings) More than 60% of the teachers did not return. Most returning teachers have pulled their own children from UA. (Ask your child's teacher where their children attend!) Secondary grades were cancelled at the last minute. Just remember if it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, smells like a duck, it's probably still a duck. The more things change the more they truly stay the same.
Do you really want your child to attend a school where they cannot even handle their money efficiently? They have not paid their teachers for the past month and instead of their full paycheck they were given a $500 check and were told that maybe once financial problems were worked out, they might see the rest of their payment. They also terminated the teachers health insurance without official notification. I feel the teachers are excellent within the school but the so called 'administration' is unprofessional. Teachers and staff are exploited; they are not given recognition for all the hard work and time that is put into the education of the students.
Some teachers are good. Some are unprofessional. Uncertified teachers. Very little break time for Kindergarteners. Nice principals were laid off by Administration. Administration is very unprofessional. I'm rating this school low because of unbalanced program, lack of facilities, poor & rude administration. 4th new location in 4 years. Please compare your local public school to this school before going to this school.
I am impressed with the school. Teachers do care about the students and students receive quality education. Students are given the opportunity to to reach for their potential.
I have been impressed with the school ever since my children enrolled. I have seen my kids blossom, happy and confident. I appreciate the teachers' hands on teaching the kids and I can tell that the teachers do care for their students. I have had no regrets about my decision for my kids to attend the school. I only wished I had known sooner. I definitely recommend the school for any one ready to work with the teachers and kids. They do work hard, and you will see your kids improve and reach their potential. Parents are very involved at this school.
This school is excelent, my children are above their grade levels. UA promotes a love for learing, while teaching at a higher level than the other schools in the area. Yes their has been a lot of moving and changing for this school, but the education of the children has not been affected.
Do your homework before sending your child to this school. It is a toxic environment. The teachers are stressed out and burned out. There is no true curriculum. Teachers are supposed to create 'learning experiences', but they lack the experience and training to do so. There are no computers, no science labs, very limited supplies. The school is moving to an undisclosed campus which will make four locations in four years. Teacher and student turn-over are very high. Children are constantly withdrawing, and are replaced by new students. This is very disruptive to the learning environment. The administration makes terrible educational decisions, and are very unapproachable.
Being a charter school, teachers are able to teach the students on a much fast and advanced pace. Unfortunately, it is run without a good planning and over sight. The person who runs the school makes up rules and policies as she see fit. They are definitely anti parent s participation in the school affairs by making it difficulty for parents to voice their concerns.
I would not recommend this school. Very unprofessional administration(director). Pleasant Principals were let go by this same person. Teachers are not certified. We pulled our son out and put him in another school(private).
Universal Academy is a wonderful school. It offers many things but for elementary. The high school is not well prepared and doesn't have anything at all compared to other high schools. The students are not exactly at pre-a-p statis right now. I know my son has difficulties at school and we put him in more special classes but now he's either the only kid in his class or the class is completely packed.
I gave the principal leadership a 2 because we have no principle. But it's not a 1 because Mrs. Blackmon fills the space of authority. I rated my teachers highly because I like my teachers and I learn alot. I rated the extracurricular activities a 2 because they do have after school acitivtes but only a very very small selection of them. Parental involvement was a 1 because I never see parents except on the only feild trip we have had. Saftey and disipline got a 2, disipline isn't what upsets me. Saftey at school has gotten steadily better.
This school has a revolving door that is turning at mach speed. I have never seen so much turnover at a school. This school does not have computers, so hands on technology is not taught. There are no science labs or equipment. How can you learn Chemistry or Biology without any labs??? This school has 2 drinking fountains for the entire elementary school, and students are not allowed to have a water bottle at their desk. Students are bounced back and forth between Spanish and French as if they were interchangable. Teachers routinely teach subjects in which they are not certified. Most of their secondary teachers who are certified have elementary certification. Many teachers are not certified at all. They claim to be a gifted and talented school, yet this is not reflected in anyway on the students' transcripts. Do your homework before sending your child to this school.
Coming from Asian country we always use to worry about the school system, teaching methods, student & teacher getting in sync. But after one year all of the doubts have gone away. My daughter goes to KG. I am so glad that we selected UA at Flower Mound. Every evening I ask her what she learned in school and her answers amazes me. We like the school discipline and informative sessions between teacher and parents. Thanks a lot Universal Academy.
I can't say enough about the quality of education my child has received. I have another child who will be attending UA next year and I am thrilled that he will be offered the same opportunity to excel as my daughter has. We live in Denton - a good 20 minute drive each way - when we live in walking distance to our DISD school. This is a sacrafice we gladly give in to for the quality of education they are receiving. I admit there is some disorganization within the administrative side of the school - which is why I choose to volunteer and try and help iron out the kinks wherever I can. The teachers are available via cell phone from 7:30 to 4:30 to answer any questions I may have - unheard of in a normal school district. Thank you UA for what you do for my kids.
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