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1606 Patterson St.
Dallas, TX 75201

(214) 969-7861
(214) 969-7797
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4 stars
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August 12, 2014
This school has diversity of race, zip codes, ages, faculty and church affiliations. The downtown campus fosters students to navigate an urban environment and is wonderful for families living or working near downtown or the Athletic Complex in far East Dallas. The small class size allows every child the opportunity to compete for sports teams, art programs and leadership experiences. The families bond to form communities that raise wonderful young men and women collectively starting with pre-K through graduation . The facilities are not as grand as suburban areas but consider the location and cost of real estate and downtown regulations, it's impressive once you enter the buildings. It's growing again after a few years of construction and other barriers. We are blessed to have FBA as partners in raising our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
I would not recommend FBA. They only care about sports and have no values. Students lust in the hallways. How could a school support this? It seems that there is less emphasis on God and godly Christian values. The school only focuses on athletes rather than the needs of every child. I'm done with paying for an education that does not offer lasting results.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
The lower school and upper schools should be reviewed as two seperate entities. While the lower school is great, there are serious bullying issues in the upper school between the "Park Cities" set of students and those from more modest backgrounds. Those who do not fit into a very specific mold will not thrive at FBA as any individual identity is very much discouraged. As a Southern Baptist affiliated school, it also goes without saying that this is also not the place for GLBT students and their families, nor anyone who doesn't identify as strongly conservative or, obviously, Southern Baptist.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
We are proud parents of students that have the opportunity to receive a Christian education from First Baptist Academy. Glad to be a part of the culture, biblical teaching, & their college preparatory standards for our children. Good school!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
The lower school is amazing. Great teachers that exhibit Christian leadership. Amazing principle that relates to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
Wonderful, Caring teachers and staff. Facilities are adequate. Class size is small and intimate. Great location for downtown working parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
My son is in Pre-K at FBA. School has only been in session for 2 1/2 months and I'm already blown away but what my little one comes home talking about and the work that is sent home. One thing I love about his teacher is that she makes learning interactive and fun. Last week, they made a scarecrow from scratch! I can just hear all the kids talking about what a scarecrow is made of, etc. and learning about different colors, textures, sounds, etc. My son, would have never been able to do this with a classroom of 25 or more students in a public school. Ms. Carney is amazing with the kids and I feel like she loves them as much as the parents do. Can't wait to continue our journey at FBA!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
First Baptist Academy Dallas is a school that cares greatly about the superior education of their students. They provide excellent teachers who invest their lives to the whole development of their students. The teachers are not only well educated, but provide support to their students by giving of their personal time and efforts. The families involved in FBA are very supportive to the whole school body by providing financial support and giving of their time and talents to the activities that accompany the full academic and social aspects of the educational experience for kindergarten through senior year. We love FBA and what it has meant to the overall development of our three children.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Our family has one grade of First Baptist Academy and one who is a freshman. Both girls have gone to school here since kindergarten. Putting our children here has been one of the best decisions our family has made. The teachers and staff care about the students as if they were family. Indeed, it is like a small town school in the middle of the city. The education, both biblically and academically, has been fantastic and just what we were seeking in a school when we enrolled our oldest. Our family would highly recommend FBA to anyone seeking a private school education for their children. It is the best!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Wonderful family oriented school. Great teacher to student ratio for individualized attention. Academic preparation for college is excellent. My child is going to be ready. A place where Christian values are lived out, not just taught. Great opportunities for everyone to find their own place to contribute and be involved. I'm grateful for the investment a whole community makes in my child and I'm blessed when I get to make that investment in other families.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Our family has been at FBA for 12 yrs and we currently have 2 students in HS & MS. FBA has academically challenged both of our kids, while teaching them to be servant leaders. Yes, there are teachers that have been at the school forever and seem to be tired , but you will have that everywhere you go? FBA is not immune to the same issues that affect both public/private schools. However, if you are looking for a school that has a family-feel where the teachers and families genuinely care about each other then this is the school for you! The student to teacher ratio is excellent and the school is diverse both ethnically and socioeconomically which is important to our family. I know that when my kids graduate from FBA, they will be well-prepared to defend their faith in the world.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
From the moment we walked in the door at FBA we've been treated with the utmost care and kindness. The admissions process was a breeze with all of the help the staff provided. Everyone at every level of this school genuinely cares about the students and their families. We are blessed beyond measure to have found our way into the FBA family!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
We have been associated with FBA for about 20 years now with multiple children and it has been such a great experience for our family. The school size has shrunk, its true, but I feel that has brought the teachers and the leaders into a much more close knit personal relationship with the parents and the children. We have a really great headmaster that knows all the children's names and is at the activities and prays and then works hard for the success of our little school. You can't ask for much more than that. Well, maybe a large check to suddenly come in the mail to the school, but other than that...

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
First Baptist Academy is a great, small, private school that offers many benefits to it's students. Being located in downtown Dallas gives it a certain advantage over other private schools simply because of it's location to the busy "real life" work environment that surrounds the school and the new campus is definitely a plus. The classes are small so teachers can take the time to work with the entire class and individual students, if needed. The families that send their children are actively involved with the school and that definitely impacts the behavior and discipline of the children who attend classes. When you have good kids and active parents, you get GREAT results! My child has attended FBA since pre-kindergarten and is graduating this year. He loves it and is thankful that he got the opportunity to attend a school where it feels like "family" plus gave him the education required in the competitive world of advancing to college.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
We moved our son here in the 4th grade, four years ago. We have found a diverse school that brings together a perfect balance of challenging, hands-on academics and strong Christian education. Now in junior high, our son has shown amazing progress both academically and in character and wisdom. This school invests in the whole child and provides wonderful support for the foundation we are teaching at home. An extra bonus is the strong, family-oriented community.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
First Baptist Academy is a great school. We could not be happier. The teachers are outstanding and the school offers a wide selection of athletic activities. The Christian atmosphere is apparent in every aspect of school life. The students know the teachers truly care about them and will invest time in them. Excellent school in every way! This is a great value for a truly excellent program.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I have two boys at the Academy and have been pleased with their teachers and friends. You cannot put a price tag on great christian education.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I feel like the school they offered us is not what we have gotten. All the money that went into building the church has not produced the awesome campus we were promised. The facilities are worse than all the buildings they tore down. I love this school for my son but they don't have money to get or keep good teachers. The teachers keep leaving and I don't know why. Someone said because they questioned things they saw were wrong and then someone else said because they were complainers. So which is it? The curriculum seems really good to me compared to public school and we really love the family atmosphere. Is that enough? For my son who loves his school, it is. We struggle to pay the tuition that keeps going up by leaps and bounds each year but when I look at the schools I would consider that have great facilities and large campuses. This is the cheapest there is. So we stay

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
We weren't sure about sending our kids to a school DT but we really love it! Our children truly love their teachers, coaches and have made so many new friends we know we made te right decision. Last year we had an amazing sports season as well as academically bringing home tons of top honors in the fine arts and scholarships for our seniors all over the nation. FBA has been around for over 40 years and has been time tested and proven successful. We are treated like part of the family here. Can't wait to begin another year.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Sadly, I agree with the parents who have said that FBA just is not the school it was. The handful of academically tough teachers they had left have moved on to different schools. The teachers' and coaches' kids are allowed to do and say whatever they want with little more than a slap on the wrist. Bullying is an issue that is never taken seriously and when the bullied child defends himself, he is held as responsible as the child who has been bullying. And they are losing kids left and right because of it. I am sure a staff member will log in as a parent and say how great it is. But it is just not true any longer.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Amazing school. Fabulous teachers. Totally worth the drive downtown. You won't find a better family to call your school or school to call your family. Apply today!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
FBA has been a a great school for our family and our two sons. Great Godly teachers that truly invest in kids hearts and minds. Incredible Fine Arts program 1st in State 2013, Great Athletics programs Football TAPPS District champs 2013 Wonderful Christian Coaches and Administrators. We are blessed to be at FBA!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Tuition has been raised here for the last two years by about $1000 each year, and it is so NOT worth it. Kids are warehoused on three floors of a downtown buiiding and there is little security. Middle and high school students wait downstairs after school on the street with NO school or teacher supervision. So unsafe! Also, the academics and teaching are poor to below average. Most of the teachers have been there forever and seem to have lost interest. Teachers don't promptly return parents' emails, or not at all, and they don't seem to care much about the students either.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
FBA is not what it used to be, sadly. Price hs gone up, but quality has gone down. Enrollment is down, way below the 367 they list on here, and the academics are lackluster. There are few activities for the kids and the facilities are questionable. Discipline in the classrooms is lacking and teachers seem to be burned out and yell at and denigrate the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
We have 2 students at FBA (HS & MS) that have attended since Kindergarten. FBA has provided a rigorous academic challenge for both of our kids (with differing learning styles), while teaching them to be fishers of men . The school is diverse both ethnically and socioeconomically which is important to our family in addition to building our kid s eternal character. We have looked at other private schools in the Dallas area, but none gave us the family feel that we receive at FBA, which is more important than glamorous bricks & sticks that fade with time.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
FBA is an incredible school and we could not be happier. There is no other school I would want my kids to attend in the DFW area. Safety, a Christian environment and academics are our top criteria for selecting a school and FBA gets and A in all three! My son graduated last year and now is doing well in college. My daughter is still at FBA and thriving. Our school is on the rise! With a $250K update, we just opened our newly renovated gym at the Saints Athletic Complex. Next year we will open another new gym on the new $120 million First Baptist Church campus! It is a great time to be a Saint. Join us.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I am a former parent, and all I can say is this school is a complete joke. Thank God my child is still young, and we were able to get her out when we did. Before we signed the contract for our child's 2nd year at this school, we were not told that our child would not have a gym, a playground, a lunchroom, access to the library, computer lab, choir room, and the list goes on and on. We were told that our child's class would be in the new church building until construction was complete. This was a blatant lie. There are many great schools in DFW, and I recommend you find one because FBA is not it.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
I will caution parents about the bullying issue in this school. Academically, the school is awesome but you can find public schools that offer equal academic teaching and college preparation. Bullying is also an issue to this school even though they have a spiritual foundation. After several contacs with the teachers of the ongoing incidents; I requested a meeting the parent of the bullying child, principals and teachers. When i arrived, they informed me the bullying child parent could not attend and proceeded to tell me what was wrong with my child and how he caused the bullying.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2011
I am a former parent, and my child attended this school for several years before we made the switch to another Christian private school. For the same price, you can find MANY exceptional private schools in the DFW metroplex that have so much more to offer their students than what FBA can offer. The leadership is lacking, and I don't see any improvements in the near future. Convenience is not a reason to choose a private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
I am a former parent and would not use the phrase "academically elite" in the same paragraph as FBA. The teacher's post does make a great point in mentioning Hockaday, St. Mark's, Greenhill, ESD and Lamplighter as comparable schools to FBA. Yes, do compare FBA to these schools and you'll find like I did that there is no comparison. FBA is not of the same caliber.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2011
There are several fallacies in a previous review questioning the strength of First Baptist Academy s academic program based on misinformation about standardized testing. FBA administers the Comprehensive Testing Program 4 (CTP4) published by Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Membership in ERB is required to purchase and administer the test and is only offered to high-achieving schools through a rigorous application process. The CTP4 is aligned with the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), a widely used college entrance assessment and is considerably more difficult than the Stanford assessment. According to an ERB representative, many schools have voiced reluctance to change from current testing to the ERB program because of the anticipated decline in scores due to the level of difficulty. It is true that many private schools in the Dallas area use the Stanford assessment. However, a number of the schools considered to be academically elite are using the ERB test. The schools with which FBA is compared include Hockaday, St. Mark s School of Texas, Greenhill School, Episcopal School of Dallas, and The Lamplighter School, all of which have very selective admissions standards.

- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2011
FBA was one of the premier private schools in the Dallas area years ago. However, that is all in the past. The enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year 2011-2012 is just over 200 for the entire K-12 school. Finances are BAD. They are also not renewing contracts for many of their most veteran teachers because they have been speaking out on issues concerning administration. Also, be wary of the recent posts saying how great the school is. Please notice the dates for the posts are all the same. It is well known that school admin and staff were asked to log on and create good remark posts. Also, in the review discussing First Baptist Church's new $120 million building, the school is not included in any of those plans. There is no space being provided for FBA by the church in the new building. Find another school to send your children. Again, this was once a great school, but times change.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2011
I am an FBA alum. My daughter started at FBA in Kindergarten and will graduate next year with several other alum kids . FBA has certainly prepared her academically. Even more important to us has been the foundation of Christian character that the outstanding faculty has helped to develop in her. We have placed great value on the community of like-minded teachers, parents, and student friends who have all been part of helping us raise our daughter. It takes a community and that s what we found at FBA.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
My son started kindergarten at FBA 4 years ago. He's now in 3rd grade and thriving. All of his teachers have been wonderful--firm, but yet nurturing. The academics are challenging with demonstrated results. Beginning in 1st grade, students take the ERB CPT standardized test to measure how our students and school academics stand up to other private and public schools in the area. My son's grade has always scored above not only the local public schools (which you would expect), but also the local private schools. If you're looking for a Christ-centered, academically challenging school with faculty and staff that truly care about you and your family, look no further than FBA.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
My children attend FBA and we've had a great experience. The curriculum is appropriately challanging and the enviornment is loving. It is like a big family. The class size is small so the students get individualized attention.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
First Baptist Academy has truly been a God-send for our child AND our family. FBA is willing to partner with parents to raise their child with a Christian world view. In addition to the spiritual education our child has received, his academics are amazing - at the recent Math Olympics for private schools in the metroplex, FBA had 3 students in the top 5 out of 400 children who took the test . FBA also had students in the top 3 in the Spelling Bee. If you choose to be involved, you will be accepted - not because of your parents checkbook, but because this school welcomes ALL people- you CANNOT ask for more than that from a school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
Yes, the school was alot better YEARS ago. After one child graduated from FBA we checked into other private schools for our other children. We couldn't believe what all our oldest child missed out on. Way below par in education,athletics and extra curricular activites. My advise, PLEASE please visit other private schools and compare for yourself. You will be glad you did!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
This school may have been a great school in it;s hay-day but it is no longer. The school has been kicked out of the church location to make way for a large church building program, none of which will be the academy. The early grades were to share sunday school classrooms but were kicked out of those rooms two weeks before school started because FBD did not want to share it's facilities. The school has been left with no gym, no playground, and is currently housed in what I would call a warehouse around a public parking garage. The convenience of the school location is no longer worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
The school lacks an emphsis on crtical thinking and relys t much on rope memorizaton. The writing program is very weak and fails to prepare some students with the necessary fundamental foundation skilss to succed academically. Irecommend that you ask a lot of qustions a clearly understand the competencies that the school supports.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
FBA is an amazing school! It is such a deal compared to the tuition at other private schools. They offer something for everyone: sports, music (band and ensemble opportunities), art (won 1st place at TAPS-Texas Association of Parochial schools) and a loving staff and challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
I am a student now in 6th grade ive been there since 2nd grade. The school has many sports to choose from and many clubs to be into. The sports there they dont put much in there sport program. The teachers are great. sometimes....

- submitted by a student
no rating December 23, 2008
I love this school and so does my son. He started at the DLC which is the daycare side of FBA and then started Kindergarten this year. I love his teacher and she seems so dedicated to the children and their education. We had a few issues with my son and his talking when school first started but she was so patient with him and we have worked through those. She calls me with both good news and bad. She is so involved and I like that. The tuition is high but it is worth it. My son knows more Spanish than I do. And his reading seems to have improved overnight. I would highly recommend this school.

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- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
Excellent school. The school is centrally located and the teaching staff is superb. This is our 9th year attending, and the number of graduates attending very prestigious colleges with good scholarships is higher than most private schools.

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September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2006
My son attended FBA from 5th through 12 grade. He received an excellent education and was well prepared for college. Teachers really care about the students, and most parents are supportive of school activities. There are a wide array of sports activities baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, golf, swimming, wresting, tennis, cheerleading (of course),volleyball, track. There are also various clubs for students who are not athletic. Students are friendly. My son enjoyed his years at FBA. Academics are challenging, and more honors and AP classes have been added during the past few years.

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First Baptist Academy
1606 Patterson St., Dallas, TX  75201
(214) 969-7861
Last modified First Baptist Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
First Baptist Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top