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Do you feel this school develops honesty, integrity, and fairness in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Strongly disagree (2 responses)
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Do you feel this school develops compassion, caring, and empathy in its students?
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Currently, most people answered Strongly disagree (1 response)
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Do you feel this school develops respect in its students?
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Do you feel this school develops persistence, grit, and determination in its students?
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How do you feel about the amount of homework given at this school?
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Currently, most people answered Not enough (2 responses)
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How effective do you feel the teachers are at this school?
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Currently, most people answered Very ineffective (2 responses)
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Is there someone at this school who you want to say "thanks" to?
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Focus Learning Academy
Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
Teachers are not effective because the turnover rate is too high every year. Too many teachers are not certified. I feel sorry for teachers and students who are stuck in small rooms (or the gym) with no windows and minimum hands-on activities.

Focus Learning Academy
Amount of homework: Not enough

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
Homework? What's that? In the periodic occasions where homework was given, it was either too hard or way to easy. Parents should not have to work all day then teach homework skills from scratch.


Focus Learning Academy
Develops grit: Strongly disagree

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
High school students showed grit by sticking out the year trying to learn in a loud gym, but Focus has not taught students a real sense of determination to reach their potential and make it to college.

Focus Learning Academy
Develops respect: Strongly disagree

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
There is no way that students can learn to respect each other because the new leader does not respect staff. All she does is walk around gossiping about the staff and fails to build quality rapport with students. There is no good model anymore for the students to see.

Focus Learning Academy
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
The school can't develop integrity in its students because the Chief Academic Officer has no integrity. She was allowed to fire dozens of people to bring in staff from her own school, but she didn't communicate anything to parents and students. We had to learn from word of mouth that staff members and administrators were fired because the school is in serious financial trouble. Focus constantly hides critical information from parents for fear of parents withdrawing their children, which would be the right thing to do.


Focus Learning Academy 1

Posted July 27, 2016
- a community member
This school is not safe. High school students were forced all year to have class in the gym. The school lied to parents, students, and staff members the entire year about moving into the modular buildings brought over to be the new high school, but students were sneaking into and behind the buildings to have sex. Parents can pull up to the school and call for students without proving that they are parents or legal guardians. Students have bullied, bullied on social media, posted videos of fighting, and secretly spread inappropriate pictures of classmates.

Focus Learning Academy
Grateful to: Student

Posted July 26, 2016
- a community member
I thank the students who had to deal with this foolish. The children are the ones who are suffering most.

Focus Learning Academy 1

Posted May 20, 2016
- a community member
This school has some big problems. Turnover is a huge issue. Good luck seeing many teachers last more than a year or two. Some are not even degreed when hired, and many “emergency hires” who are supposed to be working toward state teacher certification never make it. Don’t expect a school calendar to ever remain consistent. It was a common practice that an automated phone call would go out at 9pm the night before a school-wide event; the only notification to both teachers and parents. At other times, fliers or calendars would be given to the student body, only for replacements to go out a few days or weeks later. Even when and where students ate lunch was inconsistent, oftentimes resulting in students eating in their classrooms or receiving their meals hours after originally scheduled. The dress code for the staff reflects a misogynist attitude where long dresses are prohibited and short skirts and heels are encouraged. It was common knowledge that certain male staff members made their rounds hitting on new hires. Safety in general is dubious at best. Too often did staff “lose a child” only to find out that a parent had picked them up without signing them out or to find the child wandering a hallway. Older students seemed to have free reign to walk the halls. It was common knowledge that teachers should hide valuables and food, since students and cleaning staff tended to break into classrooms and take what they wanted. Last year, the school touted that Deion Sanders was coming on as Head Football Coach and Chief Marketing Officer. This comes after Deion’s previous Prime Prep Academy was shut down amidst large debts and lawsuits, and many of those students were funneled to Focus. The high school students are currently taking their classes in the gym, because the school took on more students without having the space. Focus has received a state rating of “improvement required” by the TEA two years in a row. Many higher level administrators have been let go, yet problems continue. The school seems to have major money issues, and it seems funds are being mismanaged. Why have an iPad for every student when they are taking classes in the gym? Almost all of the classrooms have no windows and the whole school gives off a feel of darkness and despair. For these reasons and many more, please consider another school.


Focus Learning Academy 5

Posted November 17, 2015
- a teacher
I rate Focus Learning Academy a great school because the Staff, teachers, and Administrators go above and beyond to meet the challenges of all students. I would hope that "great school.org" would pay closer attention to the positive responses, which are unsolicited. It's past time for some of our parents to get involved and get behind your children, as our future is also in your hands, along with those who serve them at Focus. "It's Possible". Thank You in advance, A Focus Substitute, and former teacher.

Focus Learning Academy 5

Posted September 08, 2015
- a parent
- Parent Speaking Out..... I currently have three children enrolled in Triple A and Focus academy and I love the fact that they are dressed in uniforms that help make them look like success. When you look good you feel good and will do better. I like the professionalism of the staff for the most part and the focus that is placed on the students success not just at school but in their communities and life as a whole. Of course no teacher, no school, no parent and no child is perfect there will always be things that need to be improved upon and communication and strong parent involvement is the key. ...an educational institution with no rules will produce non productive, unruly and disconnected people trying to cope with societies pressures ...surely we don't need any more of those. ..but an institution with guidelines and rules will produce people with morals, values, self worth and the knowledge to function in a already corrupt environment. Parents lets not be a Silent Partner in our childrens Education ....Thank you

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Focus Learning Academy
2524 West Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, TX  75233
Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 87 reviews. (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.
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