This is not the school you want your child to go to. They state they help with learning disabilities. I didn't see it. Once they have your money, the rest goes downhill from there. My son was bullied from the principal, a couple of teachers, and students. They preach against it, yet my child was so unhappy. We had problems with class schedules. The principal did nothing to help us. We tried before school started to have the schedule changed and principal did not care what we wanted. This happened two years in a row. My child went in the 8th grade on a 7th grade reading level. They said we would see a great improvement. When we finally pulled him out of the school (3 years later), we had his diagnostic testing done, he was on a 6th grade reading level. I do not see where he advanced in his education at all. We placed him at this school because they told us they can help with all types of LD. Only a few teachers seemed qualified to do so. There are others that seem they have no idea how to even teach. I have seen a huge improvement over my son with his self-esteem, school work, and maturity since I have pulled him out of the school.
They need a new principal desperately! She has no idea how to handle problems appropriately. She has no idea how to schedule students. She needs to learn about different LD problems. She needs to understand that just because a student is a certain age, the students mental age is different.
There is so much bullying at this school. We were bullied from the principal, two teachers, and students. They preach against it, yet they do it themselves. They don't do anything to stop students from bullying each other.
If you are looking for your child to succeed in life, you won't enroll here. Bullying is from the Administrator down. Adults and children are bullied and although this issue has been raised many, many times as you'll read here, NOTHING has been done to remedy. Special treatment by staff is given to the parent and child with the most money to the exclusion of all other parents and children. The students follow suit and bully their classmates, even the very young. In addition, the school says they will do X (whatever your specific needs are) for your child yet they actually do Z (whatever they want) and there is no accountability for this lack of integrity. In fact, shame is brought on the parent that dare question their integrity. My philosophy is simple, I want my child educated with integrity and without fear of being harassed daily and unfortunately Dallas Academy can't provide it.
DA has been the best thing that has happened to my son. This is his first year ( 8th grade) and he made the B honor roll last this semester. He hasn't done that well in a few years. He gets to play sports which he was never able to do in regular public schools. His confidence level is high and he doesn't feel like he is the stupid kid in class anymore. The teachers have been great. My son is the type that likes to try to pull the wool over your eyes if you let him but the teachers are on to him like glue. He is learning to manage his disabilities but the school does not baby him. I feel confident he will be prepared for college. And by the way, I have never been pushed into giving money to the school other than tuition. Yes, they do need donations for the betterment of the school but they do not harass you into giving it.
The blessing and the curse of Dallas Academy is that they want to treat all students with the same teaching format. Unfortunately, our son has some real visual and motor processing issues that have not been accommodated within the classroom. Many students have mostly social issues and no learning issues. Most of the teachers do not have a specialization in learning different children either, and would benefit from the LDA and other conference updates. An administration servicing an LD community must coordinate each student's issues with all of their teachers to coordinate the best for each learning difference. I have to educate each teacher each year as to my son's strengths and weaknesses so they will help him!
Dallas Academy has outstanding teachers and administration. They are professional and compassionate with LD kids. They are well trained and equipped to work with all learning differences. They don't show favoritism and defiantly work towards a bully-free atmosphere. If you aren't pleased with DA then you need to take a hard look at yourself and make a change.