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PK-12
Public charter
Dallas, TX
 

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2524 West Ledbetter Drive
Dallas, TX 75233

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(214) 467-7751
(972) 572-9610
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November 17, 2014
This school sucks where is the principal smh its sad that the teachers are bullies too

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October 16, 2014
I rate my son's school Focus Learning Academy 5 stars I love the different activities and fun things they have to offer, I also Love that my son is learning new things everyday and is very excited to talk about his classmates and teacher.

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October 16, 2014
My daughter has attended since 2nd grade and she is now in 6th grade. I think the structure could be a bit more challenging but overall I think it's a good school.

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July 16, 2014
Student here I think that this school is like a prison .they're unreasonable u have to pay 25$ for your cellI phone back at dallas its like 5$ or 10$ their uniform is to high over 200$ for two shirts a tie skirt and vest really why not have a simple uniform parents can afford khakis black and blue pants with a white shirt highschool. Burgundy middle and gold for elementary are something like that and let kids wear any color shoes ...if the school was all great as teachers and principles say why not let your children attend the school ......

- submitted by a community member

June 11, 2014
I have two kids that attend Focus Learning Academy and Triple A Academy. Our time with the academies have been extremely positive and productive. I have watched my kids develop over the years and I'm very thankful for all the teachers that served, mentor and impacted their lives.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2014
As a staff member, we are always open to discussion with the concerns of our parents and students. Based on some of the previous reviews, the following is important information that may have been missed by some parents: Uniform assistance is available via our community resource office, a Parent Liaison is available to assist parents with concerns, the fee (applied toward field trips and other student incentives) for cell phone violations is to discourage use during school hours considering the many technology tools that are available through the school, athletics and physical fitness is important for the well-being of our students and to offer extra curricular activities BUT not at the cost of academic achievement. A parent/student handbook is provided to all parents each year. During the 2013-14 school year, a Parent/Family Involvement event was held each six-week grading period that including pertinent information for parents and student participation. 2014-15 Pre-K program is fully subsidized! Overall, the priorities include providing an education for all students in a safe environment to prepare them to not only receive acceptance into college, but to complete college!

- submitted by a teacher

April 19, 2014
My concern are the students who after school block's the entry way at the McClure gym, the female student are disrespectful and don't carry themselves as young ladies, the language they use is terrible. I must say the young men have more respect for themselves and the parents who come to pick up their child. Triple A front desk need to keep better records when you bring a Dr statement back if a student has to leave early for an appointment. We have to remember this is a school and no child is perfect, you can't run a school like a prison. The majority of the student at Focus and Triple A parent's cant afford the uniform price so I think there need to be another solution to that. The fee for confiscated items like (cell phones, ipad is too high the parent are the one who has to pay that fee, charging a fee is not a problem it's the amount I have a problem with 25.00 to get it back. What happen if a parent can't pay that price, do you keep the item at the end of the school year?

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
This school is a joke. It needs EXPOSURE like prime prep.... Only the Mcclure's and the good Lord knows the truth about Focus Academy. Enough said................

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2013
Focus learning academies and Triple A is a joke. I don't fault the teachers at all because they are just employees walking in the blind. Anytime a school has almost a complete whole new staff from principles down to cleaning crew, that's a red flag especially when it was the teachers decision to look for a job elsewhere. Something isn't r right. My child states that they only tested the first two weeks in school and come home with no home work. This is my childs third year here and I am about to take him out because he is already behind from when I enrolled him three years ago. He has a learning disability however that is suppose to be the primary mission of this school to help those students with learning disabilities to be able to make it in the real world and to make sure they are not left behind. From my evidences only the teachers my son has had doesn't know how to make the instructions different for him to understand therefore his learning gap is increasing. No testing information as far as to what learning level is he on is ever discussed at these meetings. Theparentscan't help the students if they are in the dark as well.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2013
My Grand Son attended Focus Academy during his First grade year , and I must say that he wasn't taught anything he didn't already knew . They also mailed out the wrong report card at the end of the year and Charged my daughter $15.00 for a copy of the report card they never sent . My daughter decided to this school another chance in which she enrolled her Son (second grader) and her Daughter ( pre k ) She was informed in the beginning of enrollment that Pre K students would go half a day and if you wanted your child to stay the whole day one would have to pay $30.00 a week ..She enrolled her for half a day . On the first day of school the parents were informed that there would be no half day of school for the pre k students due to them not having that many. Here it is approximately 3 weeks into school and the office sent out a letter stating that the pre k will now have to pay $30.00 a week if they wanted to continue to attend Focus academy this year..Mind you they waited til High priced uniforms were purchased ( Example for just 1 skirt for my grand daughter cost $45.00 ) I find this to be very unprofessional non caring about these students (pre-k ) nor Parents .

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013
My son has started his new school for the first with Focus and say far, so good. Really can't say anything bad about them but it's a very clean school and the staff are so nice and courteous in the morning when pulling up to drop my son for school.

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December 10, 2012
All I have to say is my child does not learn. She is in the 1st grade and they have spelling words like it, is, of, the. She learned how to read in Pre K. They need to step it up, waaaay up. She will not be attending this school next year.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2012
FOCUS Learning Academy is sad. They spend way too much time worrying about making themselves look good by the state. FOCUS cares way more about the athletes and nothing about the actual students. The only students that I'm sure the school is going to help out are the basketball players. I am pulling my child out IMMEDIATELY!

- submitted by a community member

May 26, 2012
The faculty and staff in AAA may seem caring and understanding when the teacher, parent conferences come up, but when they are with the students, they are firm and strict. THIS is good. However, every time I directed the teachers with questions regarding my child's grades, I never got answers back unless I called them in an upset matter. It is a frustrating situation. TEST AFTER TEST AFTER TEST was the only thing I saw. This institution only concentrates on passing the state exams. No hands in training. Parents and others showing up at the school half naked and all tattoos showing and hanging low pants. My kids don't need to go to school and see that. People cursing and yelling all over the place. And how do you explain to a parent that your 8 years old child is not on campus when you go pick him/her up. Teachers releasing students that are NOT on the list for pick up. No field trips, field days, awards ceremony, no educational standards... I'm not happy.

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May 24, 2012
I'm speaking to the parents who have a child with SPECIAL GOALS, and the wonder work done at the academies. The challenges I mention are those of LIFES EXPERIENCES!!! Having someone or knowing someone with special GOALS. I believe that in having so the school in mention is more than able to meet the needs of children with SPECIAL GOALS. All else doesn't matter. There is truth in what I say where miracles happen day in and day out. The amazing thing is in my experience is that no matter what THEIR day is like there always ready to assist the students with and without a special need. I believe my son and others have been touched divinely. I mean think about it RABI means " teacher", and what falls under this is blessings. Maybe I shouldn't say these things but I will, in fact I have to. Being told he can't, he won't, give up are all heartfelt. But in the essence of it all they or should I say shoe up and ready to meet the challenge. From my own experience the greater of me went in broken and returns to me daily refreshed with knowledge and we both await another day. In my experience when I was limited the teachers were empowered.I tell you the truth I've not seen anything like it.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2012
FOCUS Academies has been making a difference in the lives of so many children for over a decade and we strive for excellence. Is it a perfect school? No but it improves each year! We have a high rating as a state charter school and that is due to the diligence of our faculty and staff. I would encourage parents to consider this school as a viable option to the larger district schools.

- submitted by a teacher

November 25, 2011
This school is a joke. My daughter has'nt learned a thing. They continue to get rid of administrators for no apparent reason and replace them with ineligable people. This school is going nowhere, and I am sad to have witnessed the downfall of this once great academy. Don't even think about sending your children hear.

- submitted by a parent

October 19, 2011
I have a student that was in 6th and is now in 7th grade, and in comparison to the FOCUS front office staff, the Triple A front office staff are very rude and not helpful at all. From what I hear the the receptionist at Triple A is a relative of the CEO, go figure. Of course, there are the new adminstrators, not very helpful, not like the principals they had last year, they were always available, caring and helpful.

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September 08, 2011
My son has really excelled at this school. His first year here, he was a difficult student, and behind developmentally. His teachers were patient, communicative, and listened to all of my concerns. This year he is a well behaved student, and academically on track! This is only made possible from the consistent care of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2011
Focus is a great school to work for and a great school for my children to attend. I love the company of my co-workers and my students that attend my math class. We have the latest technology to use for educational purposes. We are held accountable for every child's educational experience to achieve positive life goals with global impact.

- submitted by a teacher

September 07, 2011
My 4th grader was attending another school that didn't meet his needs. I was determine to find a school that met his needs. Focus Learning Academy met his needs and challenged him academically. The administrators are wonderful people that honestly care about the children and parents. My son is now a 8th grader and I'm very happy with his academics.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2011
My children came to FOCUS from another private school and a private preschool. My daughters have excelled every year that they have been at focus. My oldest began as a third grader and is now in fourth grade. She has done well academically and socially. She likes the school, the extracurricular activities, and the teachers and staff of the school. My youngest had to have a period of adjustment but after she learned the expectations as a prekindergarten, she has settled in very well. She is enjoying her kindergarten class and teacher. She is excited to be reading and learning new vocabulary. Everyday she comes home with a new discovery or word she learned at school.

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September 01, 2011
I am pleased with the education my son is receiving at Triple A. He is being exposed to multi-sensory exemplar lessons daily. He is being challenged in all areas of education. This is a good school for children to receive a well-rounded education.

- submitted by a teacher

September 01, 2011
I am happy with the education my son is receiving. He is a new student at Triple A, and enjoys being in a middle school environment. The school is offering a world-class educational experience for him.

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August 31, 2011
Focus Academy offers students as well as teachers opportunities to utilize technology through learning and teaching. Lessons are developed with the students' learning expectations based on TEKS. A great school which expresses a strong desire for all children to be successful.

- submitted by a teacher

August 23, 2011
I have two children attending Focus Learning Academy and their academic growth has been great with commended performance. The administrators are professionals and the teachers are excellent. Because Focus has a high level of accountibility in place, their tolerance for nonsense is zero which includes employees, parents and students. Focus is not a perfect school, but they are a Recognized District and I have seen consistent improvement over the last 5 years. I am trying to get my third child in at Focus but he is on the waiting list..

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011
I do not know about the academics, but I can say that the hiring practices are horrible and atrocious. I was hired on verbally after successfull completing two interviews. I was informed three weeks later via text message that another candidate was chosen. I have sent several emails and even asked the employee of the company that gave me the verbal confirmation and there was no response plus a statement about me applying for a caretaker position, when I clearly applied for a teacher position. And another gentlemen said the same thing happened to him.

- submitted by a community member

July 24, 2011
This was my son's first year at Focus Academy, and I must say that he was truly surprised how nice the atmophere was a Focus Academy. The academic and athletic program is second to none. Therefore, my other son will be attending the school next year.

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2011
i wish i could give this school a rating of negative five. im still waiting on the uniform that i bought and have recived nothing. this school seems like all they care about is money. i dont recomend this school to no one. and when i get the chance i will go to the board of education cause this makes no sense.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2010
Excellent School and I am impressed how my baby is reading now.

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November 05, 2009
Great cirriculum and staff. My son has the motivation from his teachers to do his best, excel at all he does and stay on the 'A' honor roll.

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September 16, 2009
I was a parent of two children that attended Focus Learning Academy & worked as part of the Focus team. I would recommend this school to any parent in the Dallas community desiring a school where the staff has their child(ren)'s best interest at heart . From the inside-out, the leadership at Focus research, investigate, and trial-run the best possible programs before incorporating them into the school's curriculum. They genuinely care about the children entrusted to them & take the time to get to know the students individually. Focus is full of growth & great potential. My kids are not there only due to circumstantial reasons, but if I were to return to Dallas, that is the school they would attend.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 15, 2009
Focus Academy is a great school. Their really there to help the kids. I love that school.

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no rating
June 01, 2009
I have 2 kids that attend Focus Learning Academy. One is in Mrs. Seamsters kindergarden class and the other is in Mrs. Watson's class. I really love the school and appreciate what they have done to help my kids. By the way this is their first year and I'm looking forward to next year.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2009
I have 2 kids who currently attend Focus Learning Academy. Since their enrollment in Jan 09, I've seen an outstanding change in my daughter's performance and behavior. Ms Dunn is an excellent teacher. Also, my son was able to adapt to his new sorroundings rather quickly. I love the open door policies and the staff for the most part are friendly. However, I would love to see just ONE uniform worn! They are very expensive and it would make a great difference in the parent's budgets who have two or more children like myself. Overall Thumbs Up! Thanks to all that deal with my kids JW & JS.

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May 04, 2009
My experiance with Focus Learning Academy has been a great one. The fifth grade teachers have shown me and my child so much love. The staff has been great. my son has a learning disability and the teachers encourage him to do his best on everything he does. To Mrs. Miles, Mrs. Wallace-Daniles And Mrs. Butcher you are greatly appreciated. Thanks for all of your support. To the sixth grade teachers we look forward to seeing you next year. To all the staff keep up the good work. my family loves all of you who work hard to teach our children daily!

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no rating
April 28, 2009
I have 2 children which have attended Focus Learning Academy for 3 years. The school has an open door policy which is important for children and parents. Each year my children have excelled not only in their school life, but their personal life as well. At this point, I can only say, God has a lot to do with everyone working at Focus Learning Academy. My children have received everything necessary for them to perform at their best level and they are doing very well, indeed. My prayer is that Focus Learning Academy will soon and very soon expand to grade level 12. Keep up the good work Focus.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2009
Focus helps many students who are intelligent but may learn differently. My first grade daughter does not have a learning difference, and she is still challenged because her teacher is very experienced, loving, and firm. The school works with students on all different levels.

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no rating
April 18, 2009
My child was struggling with school, but Thanks to the team at Focus, my child is learning. The experience that my child and I have had with the staff and teachers has genuinely been one of compassion coupled with professionalism. They have gone above and beyond to identify the needs of my child, they addressed her needs and came up with a plan that has allowed my child to perform at the best of her abilities, while continuing to keep her in the main stream with her peers. I see an amazing turn around in my childs ability to focus and learn. I am grateful that they were able to identify my childs needs which has enabled me to better assist my child with her school work. I look forward to my childs continued success at Focus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 17, 2009
I have a son currently attending Focus. He started the year off in pre-k. His teacher at the time noticed that he was more advanced than some of the other students in his class. She then recommended that he be moved to the kindergarten class. I like how the teachers at Focus pay attention to the students and push the students to learn.

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March 26, 2009
I am a parent who's child completed grades 2nd thru 8th at Focus Learning Academy. For all the things that Focus seemed not to be, the one thing that it was and has been is determined to succeed. Succeed inspite of critics within and without. Nothing worth having or doing is easily achieved, that includes educating our children, all of them. I did not stay at Focus because it was perfect, nor did I stay because there was no where else to go. I stayed because I believed and still do in the mission of Focus Learning Academy. No matter where we place our children for education, it will not be problem free. We must roll up our sleeves and help. I thank Focus and my child loved his years there. In fact, they keep in touch and so do we with them. That is worth sticking with.

- submitted by a parent

June 30, 2008
I currently have two kids attending Focus. I believe you only get what you put in. With the No child left behind joke, and the pressure to succeed on TAKS the pressure is on not just the students but the staff as well. I have found that Focus is focused on those with ADHD and many other disablities that will go over looked in a local school. I hope the parents that read this will understand, that children with learning disablities have many issues besides their learning disablites but social interaction problems as well. If you want a great school, you have to support and help provide ideals to help your child succeed. My hat is off to Focus. The learning program their striving to provide would cost the average person over 18k if they were trying to send their child to schools like Fairhill, Dallas Academy or Slone. Go Focus.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2008
so far i took my daughter out of houston elementary in lancaster because of them not being ready for taks. focus is on a higher level than she was in lancaster and shes trying to catch up so that speaks for itself as far as the level. ms.boone a 3rd grade teacher seems like she really cares and the staff so far gives excellent feedback.i like the teacherease system. they are also having taks turoring twicw weekly that started way earlier than my childs school in lancaster did. i do see that they need a lot of renovation but we are new and will try to work with it if the academics turn out well. i didnt see alot of parents at the pta meeting though. parents need to be more involved !!! we expect teachers to raise our kids!!! no mamm!!!

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August 05, 2006
The staff does need more training. I'm blown away by the test scores. The school has great potential, but do you sacrifice your child in the process of them trying to get it right.........Concerned Parent

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August 03, 2006
This school has been wonderful for my children the learning activities have been great.

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July 18, 2006
The adminstration has gotten worse over the years and they have lost alot of the best teachers because of the lack of parent envolvement. You and your children will not get much accomplished here with all the distractions that go on in class and between the staff.

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July 17, 2006
I have a child enrolled here and the teachers that he has been taught by all have been great. It is not just for children with disabilities. Focus Learning Academy has brought out more from my child and others than they are given credit for.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2006
Please do not enroll your child. This is a very poor quality school. The staff is not trained very well and everything in the school is out dated due to a lack of funds. The administration is driven by money and not helping the students.

- submitted by a teacher

September 13, 2005
This school has very poor adminstration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 13, 2005
This school is not what appears to be on the surface. They lure you in with the look and feel, however the true academic integrity is in question.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2005
This school is for kids that have learning difficulities. It is not told to you upon enrolment so parents beware, it may hold your child back if she doesnt have learning difficulties.

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February 16, 2005
I have a child currently enrolled and have not been totally satisfied with the schools performance or academics.

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October 04, 2004
The new principal and the teachers are keeping the school alive! they truly care about the students and have helped me help my child. My son's teacher is so energetic i see growth daily. This is the type of school i needed as a child. Mrs. Klimmer is going to put Focus on the map.

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October 30, 2003
I am very pleased with the results that I have seen thus far academically. My daughter has matured into the type of student that I had been hoping to see her evolve into since she started school.The teachers have the same agenda and that is to teach the children and get them prepared for the future. Hats off to the staff of Focus Learning Academy. May God continue to bless each of you.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2003
I have three children enrolled at FOCUS. I love the teachers and the principal. I think it's a wonderful school. I would recommend it to anyone!

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2003
I have two children currently enrolled at the Focus Academy 1st grade and 5th grade. Their teachers are great! My kindergardner reads and writes in cursive!

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Focus Learning Academy
2524 West Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, TX  75233
(214) 467-7751
Last modified Focus Learning Academy is a Charter school that serves grades PK-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Focus Learning Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top