I am grateful for one reason and one reason only... this school gave me the experience I needed to get hired for a real district where I feel appreciated and am paid what the majority of Texas teachers are paid. The "metacogs" are a joke, and the majority of teachers have the same opinion. . I taught very young children, and they were expected to take 3 very long tests per grading period which is developmentally inappropriate. The assistant principal at North Duncanville... oh my... She is something else. We were constantly told "that's a problem..." about anything we did. She almost never had anything nice to say about anyone except her favorite teachers, one of which has since been promoted. She walked all over the principal.The curriculum is outdated and anyone who is actually educated and qualified are ignored, or promoted before their time. Our lead teacher last year was a third year teacher. She did a great job with what she had. She was honestly my saving grace and the only one that made me feel worth anything. Other than her, anyone above me was awful.
Was looking for a small high school to send my autistic child to. This school is small but the staff is totally incompetent. Students treated badly by teachers, teachers fired in front of students, principle doesn't even know what is going on in his own school. I pulled my kids mid year. School was not following my child's IEP. School wants your kids there on time, but refuses to open gym for them to be supervised while waiting. This leads to a butt load of ppl trying to drop off kids as late as they can. Traffic is horrible. No access to the building your child is in. You may wait 15 min for someone to realize you are buzzing at the door. High school students showing PDA with no supervision. Principle and other key staff off campus at "central office" instead of at the school. Grand Prairie campus needs help. Where is the TEA? This school needs a take over. If you are on this site, you care about your child's in counters at school. AVOID THIS PLACE!!
Unfortunately, everything that is written negative about AA is true. There are so many stories I could tell you that I do not even know where to start. I am a former teacher at AA. In the two years working here I have seen so much turnover it is unbelievable. My first days working here i found out that TEA was going to shut AA down. Don't know how they got out of that situation. More than half of the administrations and some teachers are not qualified for the positions they hold. All I can say God is watching. Oh, if you want to be employed here the pay is horrible. Save your teaching career and work for a private school. AA does not have a pay scale. I had a teacher friend that is qualified and been teaching for several years tell me that her pay is significantly less than a first year teacher at the same school.
When parents get angry about something, they just fire their teachers. Instead of trying to come up with solutions to the problems they have, they pretend like the problem was never there. How are the children supposed to get a decent education if they have three different math teachers in a single year because you keep firing them? When your turnover rate is that high, something is wrong. Plus they're trying to sneak religion into their curriculum.
Teaching for this school was a nightmare. I truly had awesome students, but due to the ridiculous demands of administration, I was unable to provide the education they deserved. This past year, my TPRI results showed A LOT of growth. Initially, this was so exciting because we had worked non stop trying to teach the kids how to read. Low and behold, I was informed by admin that their scores were awful and unacceptable. I went home in tears that day feeling like a failure... again. Central office (oh excuse me, district) is a joke. These people have absolutely NO clue what they're doing. I guess the fact most of them are not qualified might have something to do with it. We would receive emails in the middle of the day demanding we complete a task immediately, while teaching bell to bell. while completing an overload of paperwork. If it wasn't done, they would threaten to "write you up". This was a HORRIBLE experience. Parents, do NOT send your children to this place. Please reconsider before doing so. The only good thing I can say was that my principal was very supportive. The assistance principal, on the hand, was verbally abusive and on a constant power trip. Horrible!!!
I have worked at this school great kids but central office is the worst . It started when payroll said I could not do married at a single rate it was on the form and I had marked this at all my other jobs. Payroll is never right you have to wait months and months to get paid for working Saturday school. Text books are so out of date. Students have a hard time moving into high school behind all other students. Angie McDonald hired her husband back after being fired last year. Tony Williams was demoted and Angie promoted back up this year. Sports they cut football from campus that did not have highschool. No support for athletics no money no good sport equipment had to make our own. Last two weeks of school they removed all books all educational things. If you want your child to receive a good education don't go to Advantage Academy.
This school does poorly at preparing its students academically and has an inept administration. They have difficulty retaining quality educators and struggle to handling even mundane administrative tasks, such as enrollment. The only redeeming quality to this school is that it is surrounding by similarly mediocre public schools and so can appear attractive to cash strapped parents struggling to find alternatives to the area public schools.
Well AA-GP has its good and its NOT so good, my son has been here since kindergarten now 2nd grade and he does great, my daughter has only been here 5th and now 6th grade, she too also does great. The administration staff could be better when it comes to us parents we should be on the same page when it comes to ANY matter my child has to be out of class from having to go to nurse, getting any disciplinary action and especially when you are asking my child to sign and date an attendance for credit loss of recovery plan form that a.goes in your school record folder and b.requires parent signatures
I'm a student that is currently attending this school. Do not send your kid here. This school gets rid of teachers a lot. Right now I have a long term subs in two of my classes. Some of the teachers are good but other teachers are super rude. The lunch here is terrible and expensive. There aren't any fun classes like art or something. They don't have gym for high school. The elementary and jr high are allowed in the gym after school but not the high school students; even on a cold day. The kids don't care about their grades and talk or do what they want and most of the time when the teacher tries to make them be quiet, they don't listen. So it's a hard environment to learn in. Some of the teachers teach quickly. Thus making the students not retaining the subject. I tried talking to the principal about something and he brushed me off instead of taking it serious. I asked the counselor about my STAAR test results before spring break. She never told me them. So the staff is very coordinated. There are many bad things about this school so I don't recommend this school.
This school is led by inept and abusive administrators-nepotism at its best. The founder was put out to pasture by a temperamental, temper throwing daughter who is now the superintendent. Certifications are lacking, high teacher turnovers, no value placed on loyal employees. There are much better choices out there. Stay away from this one. I was associated with this circus for over 8 years. It's a money making machine for one family. Where is TEA? They won't make AYP for the third year in a row.
I as a parent have been pleased so far with the GP location. This is our third year, we have had some issues but they where all corrected to my satisfactory. I am very involved with my child's education and i believe he/she is succeeding well. This year has been our best year so far, we have better administration than the previous years. I believe advantage academy is getting better.
Advantage Academy an amazingly inept administration. They have no concept of how to treat employees. Their typical process for firing people is not fair to the employee and often is based on their understanding of the "facts", which once refuted are ignored. They have abusive policies for requiring teachers, school administrators and central office staff to abide by insane requirements that are not only unproductive, but are totally counterproductive. I am ashamed to have my child associated with this school and would urge anyone to investigate before moving to this school. Also, it would be worth the effort to investigate by talking to teachers to determine their level of satisfaction with the outcomes in the classroom and the rules they must follow.
AT ROWLETT LOCATION OFFICE STAFF NOT FREINDLYAND OUT GOING MY CHILD TOLD ME TEACHER IS YELLING AT CLASS TELLING CLASS THEY ARE MAKING VERY VERY ANGRY.SCHOOL LUNCH WAS DELIVERED LATE TWICE ONE TIME ALMOST TWO HOURS LATE. YOUR CHILD REALLY HAS TO BE THERE AT 7:55 NOT 8 BECOUSE IF THEY ARRIVE AT 7:59 THEN THEY GIVE THEM A TARDY SLIP NO GRACE ON THAT NOT EVEN 5 SEC. CHILD IS FALLING ASLEEP IN CLASS DO TO BORDEM. NOT ALOUND TO WATCH TEACHERS WITH OUT THEM KNOWING TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE BEEING NICE TO THEIR CLASS OF 5 AND 6 YEAR OLD THAT CAN NOT STAND UP FOR THERE SELFS.
I sent two kids to North Duncanville last year. My mistake was not pulling them out mid year. I support experimentation like Advantage's Metakogs, but in this case they simply don't work. Textbooks were not available to students, no way to learn material at home, or for parents to know what's going on. Even the "megakogs" were photocopies with small print. Everything we saw was poorly implemented. One math class had a 50%+ failure rate on tests! To their credit, they did post the results on the bulletin board, but obviously this teacher needed help and the principal did not provide. (poor performance continued) The school should be shut down, but if it's not, I don't recommend sending your students there. As far as parental involvement, it was nil. Good luck even trying to get a syllabus to give to a tutor so she could be taught before tests!
I am a student at Advantage academy. From my experience being there as a student i would tell parents DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. It is possibly the worst school in GP. As far as education, you will barely get any education. Every other school is far more advanced than we are and we are way behind in what we need to be in, I will be a junior this August and I am in desperate need of finding a new school. This is far most the worst school to ever put your child in. No type of well education. Students treat teachers badly, some. A lot of GREAT teachers get fired for absolutely no reason and hire teachers that can't teach for nothing. So far 6 teachers were fired so basically we learned nothing while they were being fired and some had no type of experience Never go back there. GP Advantage Academy. I promise you, you will regret it.
I worked at this school in 2010. It was a horrible experience. A new administration building was opened that one can tell cost a lot of money, however the students had no library, gym, playground. Students could not talk to each other during lunch.Teachers were overworked with no lunch break, little pay and demanding schedules. When testing is going on, even if it is only one grade testing they force the other grades to stay in a class room the entire day without talking and working on packets (no isd does that). We were forced to teach Caroline Leaf's strategies for education, but no other school uses that. Students were completely disrespectful and the administration did nothing to moniter it. Many teachers did not have degrees or credentials. I would not send my child to this school because they most likely will not learn. Teacher turnover is high because the work enviornment is horrible.
I worked at another Charter School for 7 years before coming to Advantage Academy. I feel like the staff and administration really care about the students. I thought after leaving my last job that Charter Schools were worse than Public Schools, but I was wrong. Every school goes through periods of restructuring. I think the changes that have been made in the last year are all positive and I believe that Advantage Academy is headed in a great direction.
I worked at the North Duncanville location 2 years ago, and it was terrible then. From what my friends who are still there tell me, it is way worse, and everyone has either quit or been fired. Unless you are desperate, I'd find another place to work. Teaching is hard enough without all the extra stress they add. Go find a real school to work at.
This is a terrible school. It has consistently disappointed me with the quality of its academics, and has one of the highest turn-over rates for teachers I have ever seen. The administration is failing both the students and the teachers, and its only virtue is the crypto-Christian values it tries to push on its campus. When this school began it was desperate for students and so offered busing from our Dallas location to its campus in Grand Prairie. My wife and I were concerned with the quality of public schools in our area, but almost immediately I noticed that the standards were much lower academically than my child's previous school. This last year was the end, however, with a combination of chaos during enrollment and now the cancellation of the bus route now that they feel secure with the number of students enrolled. I am happily looking for a new school to enroll my children and will not miss Advantage Academy in the least.
I am a former teacher who was fired for reporting irregularities concerning No Child Left Behind. Seems this school is not interested in education children, but only in the money that they generate upon enrollment. Many good teachers have been fired due to Mrs McDonald's wild temper flares. The scary part is that, as many on this blog have written, many of the administrators and teachers are not certified or even have college degrees. This school brags on being an alternative to public education, but DON'T believe them! There are plenty of other good charter schools to send your children to without exposing them to this non-Christian environment. A parent shouldn't have to ask whether their child will be educated at this school. It is generally understood. However, many students are left to linger in the classroom with no direction. Writers are correct when they state that TEA should shut this school down.
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