My daughter went to a private Pre-K and learned numerous aspects of life, but since my daughter has been enrolled in Universal Academy, she has excelled beyond belief. I whole-heartedly recommend UA for any age.
Our daughter transferred to UAFM a few weeks into the school year from public school. In the few short weeks she was in the public school she brought home homework one time - she was to identify the letter B and tell me the sound it made. She was not being challenged at all. She is a bright kid who gets bored easily when her mind is not kept busy. LISD was not keeping her busy. For the first time in years we were having problems with her behavior at home and had no clue what to do. Thankfully we got a call from UA saying that a space had opened up. we snatched her up as quickly as possible and moved her to UA the next day. She was nervous and scared but after talking with Ms. Blackmon for a few minutes she was excited and jumped into the classroom activities with both feet. She came home that night with homework and a spelling list. She loves it at UA. We love it at UA.
We are extremely happy with Universal. We send all three of our children to the school. We feel that they are way ahead of their peers that attend flower mound public schools.
As a parent of eight children I have a greater experience with a variety of school types than most. Each child certainly has unique and individual needs that some schools are better equiped to manage. I will summarize my experience with UA by saying that I am most impressed with: 1)the professionalism and intelligence of the administration, 2)the warmth and love that the teachers show the children, 3)the high code of conduct and moral values that is promoted, and 4)the academic values portrayed by the school uniforms. With such a miniscule source of funds compared to the public school system UA has excelled in providing, in my experience, a very high level of well rounded education. My child loves going to UA and has developed such a love of learning as a result of his experiences there. That's probably the most valuable compliment that a school could get.
We transferred our daughter to UA last year with 12 weeks left in the school year. We wondered if we were making a wise choice. After three weeks at UA, we knew me made the right choice. Our daughter has grown tremendously since changing schools. We currently have a child in Kindergarten and in Pre-K also. Our child that is in Pre-K is doing more than our daughter ever did in Kindergarten. The teachers are devoted, educated and love their students. Every school has areas to grow in. I see UA problem-solving and trying to make a difference. We chose Universal Academy. It was the best decision we ever made.
Our son is in 4th and our daughters are in the Pre-K program. We couldn't be happier. Our son was in the inaugural class that attended the Irving campus. He's an advanced student and UAFM allows him to move ahead at his own pace. When we moved into our new neighborhood with the 'exemplary school' we considered moving him. Then we looked at their curriculum - they were 2 years behind where he was at UAFM! Our daughters are learning things in Pre-K that their brother wasn't introduced to until late kindergarten at the neighborhood elementary school. But the girls are learning these things because they want to - they certainly aren't forced. What's the point in having your kids repeat info. but not understand it? That's never the case at UAFM. Thanks to Diane Harris, Janice Blackmon and Leslie Young!
This school has been through more than its fair share of ups and downs and yet it still never ceases to amaze me how much the teachers and administration care about the education of the students. The teachers go way above the call of duty. The kids take pride in their work and their school. You can find fault in anything and some folks are quick to point out the bad instead of focusing on the good, and working together to achieve the goal-the best education possible for our kids. I committed 4 years ago to take advantage of this opportunity for my kids to learn from the best, and I don't intend to change my mind because a few sourpusses say the glass is half empty. I say it's half full! Soar Eagles Soar!
My son has been going to UA Flower Mound for three (3) years. Yes, it is hectic at times. OK, my job is hectic and just driving to work in Dallas traffic is a struggle! However, I have a son in 10th grade public school and try to have a positive adult conversation with the staff. Ask why your child is not attending his classes. The answer I got was 'we have too many children to keep an eye on all of them'. However, I can tell you that UA and the staff at UA will know where my child is at all times. Why, because no matter what they will not have 1,000 plus students in their (our) school! I have been pleased with my son's education since he started. I am very much considering putting my 15 year old in UA because he needs the structure and a positive environment. I can see him as being a student not a number. I work full-time and do not have much time for volunteering but I know any little thing I do is appreciated. I can pick up the phone anytime and call my son's teachers and take the time to talk....try this at public schools! Yes, this web-site might have some negative comments, but you can not please everyone...UA is not for everyone...just like living in a particular house or working at a certain company or choosing what furniture you want for dinner is not everyone. For those that do not like it, I do not know what to tell you but maybe putting your child in a school with over 1000 students and putting them on a overcrowded bus every day and not knowing what maybe going on during the day your child is at school..knock yourself out. For those that want our children raised in a family and receive a good education, without having to take out a 2nd or 3rd mortgage. I'm happy and my son is happy and that is all that matters.
My 2 girls have been at the school for 4 years now, all of their teachers have been top notch (of the 10 teachers they've had 8 have been fabulous all have been good),the gifted/talented arena has been hands down better than our previous school. I love the respect that is expected from the children. The uniforms make school life so much less competitive, there doesn't seem to be much peer pressure. My girls went from tolerating school to loving it and being excited for challanges and learning. I love how involved many of the parents get, the school would love you helping as much as you can. The extra curricular activities needed work and they are improving-chess club rocks, I'm thrilled with all the trophies they've brought home in their 3 tournaments. The school isn't perfect but with the limited resources we have (no where near the state funding other districts get and none of the property tax money) I'm amazed at how much better my children are being educated. Thank you U.A.
Our son has been attending UA for 8 months. We are extremely pleased with his progress. The ability groups program along with our evolvement allowed him to advance two levels. Our son is a straight A student in an environment which encourages him to learn. Our son still runs from the car to the front door every morning eagerly and excited to start the day. He enjoys his teacher, class, principal and fellow students. UA was a great alternative to our local public school. We also understand any difficulty we face with a new school. However, we are extremely excited to be part of the foundation which helps mold UA students for future generations.
Our children have been educated at Universal Academy Flower Mound for three years. We've experienced a broad spectrum of grade levels and teachers in that time period. The PreK through 6th Grade programs are solid. The teachers are exceptional in their field. My children represent a broad spectrum of educational abilities. Whether they are high achievers or struggling students, the teachers and administration have strived to meet their individual educational needs. The early College enrollment opportunity for High School Students is the Secondary Program's best feature. Although, the Secondary school is small, it is growing and developing. I have found the Secondary Students at Universal Academy to be goal oriented and more mature than students from other area high schools. The students seem to take pride in their behavior as well as academic accomplishments. However, if social activities, a wide variety of electives, or extensive extra-curricular activities are a priority for you, this may not be the school for you.
UA is evolving. Enrollment doubled in 2003. By far, most students who have left desire to return! Complications outside administration control interfered with plans to build. Again, UA creates a Plan B and goes forward. The main concern has always been a safe, quality education for students. There are no drugs, gangs, or unseemly dress or behavior tolerated here at UA. FMd had 98% passing the 2003 TAKS! I've never seen an administration so open to parent comment, the best interests of the student, finding the best solution to a problem. It takes time to train new teachers to the level UA expects. It is very demanding to teach classes in the PBL, GT format UA requires -it takes time to acquire those skills. Every year UA comes closer to meeting its high goals. My advice: (1)Bring concerns to the administration. (2)Refrain from gossiping and spreading ill will -don't be a part of the problem - 99% of the UA gossip is based on fiction. Leslie Young 214-513-1608
We've had kids in this school since it started. Each year shows dramatic strides. The school's focus is academics first. Extracurricular activities are limited, though this is changing. The teachers push the kids, based on individual ability. The faculty and administration is very approachable. Parental involvement is high. UA gives a solid, no frills, education. If you want amenities, go elsewhere. If you want a solid foundation in the 3Rs, UA is the best option in Flower Mound.
We have four children at UAFM. We appreciate the educational opportunities our children have. They are being taught on thier individual level, whether that is; on grade level, above grade level or if there has been a need for additional instruction.Teachers are instructing children on 'how to learn'. So they may develope 'a life long love of learning'. We have been welcomed to Volunteer, give imput in our childrens education and possible ways of enhancing UAFM. We are blessed to find a school that meets 'our' families needs.
This school is not for everyone, but for my kids it is wonderful. The gifted and talented curriculum far exceeds anything they received in regular public schools. The school is relatively new, and is moving in a positive direction. The teachers are outstanding.
While attending school for 1.5 years my daughter's class went 3 months w/o ANY math instruction, her hand writing skills worsened and her reading level, which started very high, weakened. The reason I chose this school was because they said each child would be taught on the level they needed, they could accelerate as far as they were capable. That was not the case.
My children attended this school for nearly two years. This was one of the worst school situations I was ever involved in. The administration constantly avoided real issues and repeatedly told lies about new school facilities. It is a charted school which basically means you choose to take your kids there. I can't for the life of me understand why when there are great schools available in surrounding neighborhoods.
The school is very new, so I understand some of the disorganization. The principals need to relax - they seem too much on edge. However, Mrs. Blackmon seems very in touch with her school, her parents and her students. My son has learned alot in the short time he has been going to Universal. His teacher and teacher's assistant have shown a commitment above and beyond what is expected of them (Thanks Mrs. Ski and Miss Sharon). Overall we are very pleased with Universal Academy and continue to reccomend the school to our friends.
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