I'm soooo glad we left this school. My child is doing so good in a public school. Parents stay at this school because they don't know any better or they don't care. I reported one stealing. She turned on the tears and got away with it. No the principal doesn't take a stand. He would not take action with this parent. But if it had been a student they would have had the police out there. My child made all failing grades there. Since being in public school he is passing everything. Guess what?? They have teachers that know what they are doing. We got so use to everyone at Advantage Academy lying and nasty hateful. At GPHS you don't have that. What the girls did at GPHS, you'll never see at Advantage Academy. Not the GP campus. I've seen life away from that school. Parents your kids deserve better. They really do.
Its sad that noone at central office wants any input on what happens on campus, but the minute you disagree or have your own opinion about something, they threaten you with"You know we can let you go, at any time." We have had more than qualified coaches on staff, but the assistant athletic director position was given to the most unqualified staff member of all. She knows absolutely nothing about athletics, or the rules of UIL. She changes numbers on teachers SELF evalutions, and blames the number changes on people who have nothing to do with it. They are also the worst paying charter school, in Texas. You wonder why everyone quit? Central office staff tries to bully good teachers, and force some to leave. I must admit, the principals were the best, but that lady over PE is truly a horrible boss.
I find it curious that the school has this many ex-employees to make negative comments. Open your eyes, AA. When nearly an entire building of certified elementary teachers do not return the following year (most of them left by choice), you're the one with the problem. This school has the worst teacher turnover I have ever seen or heard of. This turnover happened at North Duncanville year after year after year, and is still happening. But they can't let go of their pride in order to see that maybe, just maybe, they need to quit blaming everyone else and look in the mirror. The kids will continue to suffer until AA admin gets their act together. Seriously, let go of your need to control and micromanage and get with it.
Advantage Academy has all certified teachers, A curriculum director with a doctorate, and at least two certified Principals--the GP Assistant Principal and the Waxahachie principal proudly display their credentials. Teachers care about the students and the administrative staff is always ready to greet you with a smile. I find it curious that previous negative comments are all from ex-disgruntled employees.
Yes the kids were left standing in the rain yesterday. After reading this, I went to talk with the principle this morning. He asured me this would not happen again. I talked to him about the lunch arrangements, the kids are now eating in the lunchroom. If he is made aware of the problems the principle will take care of it. I'm not going to say anyone else will. I've had my share of problems with AA. but you have to address it then ask for action to be taken. There's only 2 weeks left of summer school, lets see how things go. AA use to be an outstanding school. Dr. Beck retired and turned it over to his kids. Shame on him. They don't know how to run a school. Sad thing is they will not ask for help from anyone or hear anyone with ideas. This could be a very good school again. We do have an awesome principle that has his hands tied by Central Office. They do all the hiring and firing. Angie McDonald, you need to call a meeting with parents and stop talking and hear what they have to say. You and the school would be better for it. It's ok not to know everything. A wise person knows when to ask for help. Where do you fall???
Teachers and Parents be very careful with this school. For me, this was the worst job I've ever had. It was so unorganized. Kids would frequently be left unattended because of scheduling problems, but was blamed on teachers. E-mails were regularly sent out in the middle of the day with a task to be completed by the end of the day. Teachers had students and were teaching bell to bell often with no lunch break (lunch duty) and no time during dismissal. When was this last minutes task suppose to be completed? Then, threats of being written up were always announced if the task wasn't completed in time. The only way to comply with all of their rules was to take time away from teaching. I don't believe this is ever a good way to educate children. DO NOT TEACH at this school.
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.
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