My daughter studied here back in 2011 (till 2nd grade) and it was good then for those grades. I'm looking to have her join back only for 5th grade (due to various reasons). I saw a previous comment about being awful for 5th grade. Can anyone share some light on what i need to look into that may be of concern?
EXCELLENT school for grades K - 4th. AWFUL for grades 5th-8th, no upper school. Similar to a college prep head-start program, if your child is not a Top 10%, student they will not accel here.
Indeed a great school!! Great curriculum which is so important for the foundation of kids. School uniform is a big plus for the discipline. Bus services, soccer club, chess club, lunch arrangements, PE, theater and other tons of plus. My daughter attends the school for last 3 yrs and my son is on his way to get there next year. I love UA coppell!!
My kids are going to this school & what I love about this school is child does not require "any" extra education support from other sources than the homework.Teachers are very cooperative and understand the needs of parents like me who believe that school is the ultimate place for education and that one does not require any extra support from other sources of education.My daughter is 2 level up than her current level; I have not done anything extra other than just asking extra practice sheets from teachers. The teachers are very very cooperative and are very supportive in every aspect. Another good thing about this school is parents queries are "being" heard and also implemented..
The school is great...good teachers, good curriculum. They have now playground, lunch facility, chess club, soccer club, art, theater, PE. what else u need?? Ideal for K-4th grade.
My daughter attended UA for several years and I thought the administration team was on a constant power struggle more of a dictatorship and not enough focus was placed on th kids. I think they have a great curriculum but no one to lead them succesfully in addition to not enough structured activites for the children.
I would like to comment on Universal Academy (Coppell Campus)- onethat is much overdue. This is a Great school! Both my nephew and my daughter attended UA-Coppell when we lived in Flower Mound (2004-2007) before we moved to Idabel, OK. Not only did they get a great education at UA but they loved going to school there. UA was instrumental for helping put M.G. where he stands now which is No. 1 in his Sophmore class. A.G. is also exceling in her 5th grade class. No, UA did not have a lot of 'bells and whistles' that you might find at a large fancy school but Ani and Miguel both learned delayed gratification and self-control. I knew that they were happy and safe at school and that I could call to check on them at any time. I can truly say that UA is a great school! Dr. Jose Gomez
i go to the school and i personally don't like it anymore after going there for 5 years there is no extra activities for the older kids like 6th and up. We also don't have any grass area to play, no cafeterias, and you have to bring your lunch everyday. So if you only want to focus on your education and no activities go to U.A.
This is the perfect place for the students that want to learn. Teachers work hard in bringing the students to their highest potential. If you are into academics, this is the place to send your child.
I used to teach at this school. The whole idea behind the school is great. If your child needs a challenge, it's a great school for them. I feel that the lower grades Prek-3rd are probably the strongest. I think that if the school was more particular about the students they accept, they could really go somewhere with the 'gifted and talented' program. They seem to accept a lot of discipline problems, or kids who are below grade level. This makes it very difficult for the teachers to maintain a learning friendly classroom.
The teachers are great, most of the exceptional teachers are gone. The education (1st through 12th)would be great, if some of the basic fundamentals were not left out. Students who return to public school after attending 1st through 11th at UA struggle. The Pre-K and Kindergarten education at UA is the best of any school. Students who return to public school after Kindergarten at UA have a great foundation. Discipline is awful, if you ever get an opportunity to observe your child's classroom you will see that it is very hard for most students to focus due to the disciplinary issues. Administration is no help in this area, so teachers have to deal the best they can. Ms. Harris is a wonderful educator with a great vision, but due to a lot of 'issues' and 'politics' this vision has not exceeded its fullest potential.
Huge disappointment. Events that are planned are totally chaotic with an apparent lack of organization. The teachers are too concerned with uniforms and whether the child is wearing something from Parker or not (and besides they are ugliest color scheme I have ever seen- gold and navy). The teachers have lost their focus on education. Extracurricular activity list is sparse and uninteresting. The lack of communication to parents is frustrating. I highly suggest not enrolling your child in this school.
Too many empty promises,no organization,no homework,no sports.Parent night meetings is also not organised.i think it's easier to have them done per grade than all at once since some parents have more than one child in the school and miss out alot.Education is very important and kids deserve the best for their own future.In todays world without education and a good foundation you end up no where.The children are young and have the will and energy to learn.i think they can do better than that.start sport and extra curriculum activities,let the children be motivated to wake up and be look forward to a bright and educative day.
Let's just go down the list. The principle does the best she can, Irving sisters tie her hands on $ issues, A lot of parents think that the $'s that we raise at our school goes to the Irving school. There are a few great teachers still there. The Kindergarten teachers are great. Mrs. Ski was wonderful the year we had her. Don't care for my childs teacher this year, a few discipline issues in the class keep her from having a great class. As far as parent involvement Forget it, there are a few that help but it appears the rest think they don't have to, someone else will do it. They promise a whole lot, tell you what you want to hear and then nothing. No our child is not going back. Gave it our best and now we think if our child stays it will only hurt their education.
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....
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