Moved my daughter from public school. Great atmosphere. The teachers are amazing and the coaching staff is excellent. Best thing I ever did. Christ is the center of everything. They are moving out of downtown so that should help location issues. Although some love downtown.
FBA exudes excellence in academics and servant leadership based on biblical Truth in every area to prepare all who are blessed to be a part of the FBA Family. Graduates are successfully attending A&M, Baylor, Mary Hardin Baylor, Texas State, Texas Tech, UTSA,...and in the militany affecting change for time & eternity!
I'm so surprised by those commenters who do not like FBA. From an academic viewpoint, practically every senior is accepted by the college of their choice - many with scholarships. From a spiritual viewpoint, each class is responsible for missionary work both in our community and in the world. From a social viewpoint, great friendships that last a lifetime are developed. I think those dissenters must have personal issues with the school - it can't be the quality.
First Baptist is not worth the money. Like any school, there is both good and bad, but this one simply does not deliver on what it advertises. Whatever it might promise as a Christian distinctive, it delivers shallow moralism. Too many of the teachers are mediocre (there is the occasional gem). The administration turns a blind eye to rampant bullying, and there is more concern with image than with the individual. If you aren't comfortable with the public schools in your district, and you don't have a ton of money to spend on a private school, then this is at least more affordable than some of your other options. However, don't choose this school if you are hoping for academic excellence or strong spiritual guidance.
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.
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.
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.
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!