We could not be happier and more impressed with Fort Worth Academy. My wife and I both have advanced degrees in education and recognize that this school is not hyped up - it really is incredible! There is virtually no turnover among faculty or staff and the students always appear happy, peaceful and actively learning. Some schools use a lot of buzz words about education, but then revert to old fashioned techniques. Not true for FWA - the faculty, led by a remarkable Head of School (Mr. Broderick) are extremely well trained and actively implementing current educational best practices. We would not send our child anywhere else - in our opinion this is the premiere elementary/middle school in Fort Worth. Even other elite private schools cannot provide the level of individual attention and academic stimulation available at FWA. In addition to the rigorous academic setting, the parents are extremely active and involved. This school has a very "family-like" feel to it. We were impressed by the social, economic, and cultural diversity present here as well. It is a joy to send our child to school each day.
It is an " incredible " school where I see the teachers understand the simple fact that each kid is different and they work towards bringing the best out of each kid. I can see that they have a structure and also make sure the kid is not being pressurized. Making them feel " learning is fun"- which is the most important thing for them to be confident in what they do. I have my elder kid here and he loves it every day. I am waiting to send my younger one next year.
FWA is an amazing school where children have fun learning and going to school! It's hard to believe, I know but it's true. This school is incredible!!!
My son has gone to this school for 3 years. We have other children and when they are ready they will also attend. The staff is remarkable. The ability to be a part of your child's education and to be informed and involved cannot be measured. My child loves the head of school Mr. Broderick. He strives to be better just because he respects him so much and my child is 7. FWA is a proud, elevated yet unpretentious school. Can't imagine going anywhere else.
This school was absolutely terrible. I had attended the school throughout elementary and almost all the way through middle school before I made the decision to leave. This school does absolutely nothing to help with bullying. If you're bullied by a child of a parent on the board or a large donor, they push the incident aside or merely blame it on you. I was constantly harassed, made fun of, and all of this time: it was MY fault. The administration is awful. There are a few gems of teachers in the pile of pebbles, but overall, an awful school. The laptops DO NOT help with learning. My math and testing scores continued to decline after receiving my laptop in middle school. There's also close to no security on them as well. Save your money and attend a different school. They make it seem like it's an amazing school, but please, get your children out of there and to a school where they will be treated fairly, educated well, and loved. That place is not, and never will be, Fort Worth Academy.
Not challenging and not worth the money. Go somewhere else. My son was too smart for this school and it wasn't challenging at all. They will tell you every year there isn't room but trust me there always is room because they need the money to survive.
At FWA our children have been nurtured by the excellent staff and have been given opportunities for unique learning experiences not provided by other institutions. We love our school!
This is a truly wonderful school. My daughter has been attending since kindergarten and I wouldn't consider sending her anywhere else. The focus is solidly on academic achievement but, because of the small class size, the teachers are able to help each student reach his or her maximum potential. The students who are natural achievers soar, with test scores in the 99th percentile nationwide, while students who need extra help or who learn differently are given the individualized attention they need to keep pace with the rest of the class. The teachers are all excellent and really appear to love the work of making learning meaningful and fun; assignments and class projects are imaginative and challenging in a way that anticipates a college workload. The families who send their kids to this school are culturally, socially and economically diverse but are unified by their belief in the importance of an excellent education for their children. It is a very friendly, supportive, and accepting environment for both students and families. There are less expensive private schools, and schools with bigger campuses and bigger names, but there is no better school.
I went to this school for two years and at first it took me awhile to get used to constant laptop use, but eventually laptops became very resourceful. It was a wonderful experience and there is amazing high school counseling for eighth graders going into high school the next year. Your child will get an amazing education and they go on great educational class trips, and the teachers are always there for you. In fact, there are teachers i will never forget. School comes much easier to me now after going to Fort Worth Academy. Your child will always feel welcome and at home. The students are very easy to get along with and make you feel wanted at all times. Whatever your child's academic status is they will always have a way to put them in the right classes needed.
There's no place like home, there's no place like home. This is the best school in the world, wonderful teachings, high tech laptops in all classes K-8th, awesome extra enrichment programs offered, chess, art, sports, talented teachers, strong family volunteers, great teachers. Strong academic program, no more than 15 students per class, caring strong board of directors. A good solid academic program, children are preparing for their futures, this school won a highly respected award for being of the top laptop schools. A fun wonderful educational school, not a rigid environment, very comforting, nurtuing caring environment. My children have attended this school for years, the teachers really go out of their way for students. This is a wonderful school that is small, has proven great results where these children get top pics for high school-they have recruiters come trying to get these kids to attend their high school. FWA children are well prepared for the world and the curricula is a solid program. Spanish, technology, math, science, sports, history, all at this great school. Wonderful field trips, great school family events too.
Please do not send your child to this school. Once your child gets a laptop, you have to constantly watch to make sure they are not exposed to anything inappropriate. The security procedures on the laptops are very poor and even non-existent in many cases. I don't believe 10-year-olds (5th graders) should be allowed to download almost anything. Kids IM each other during class or try to play games online. These laptops did not replace most of the textbooks and were constantly breaking down or locking up. Once our child got the laptop, math scores declined each year. Overall, the teachers are great, but the administration is very slanted towards big donors. Our child is now at another private school with good leaders and no laptops and scores have improved.
Sometimes it's the small things that are the best. With a small k-8th grade laptop technology school, that is breaking down barriers and inspiring education like no other public or private school in the entire metroplex and state of TX for that matter. FWA is by far surpassing many schools in the nation. FWA has won 2 awards within this past year, along with being distinguished for the excellent academics. A small delightful learning environment of no more than 15 kids per class room, Spanish, Science, Math, Reading, PE, Art, Music and more! There are wonderful staff who always take great pride in teaching, this school gets it, it is what it is all about taking care of the kids and inspiring learning. With football, baseball, volleyball, cheerleading, musical instruments lessons, art classes, chess club and technology club, this school is not only inviting, this school, is amazing. Terrific children who love learning, great parental volunteering, and activities all year long with the parents club. This school is not cheap however its not expensive, tuition cost is right in the middle, you get a great value of learning and social interaction for a good price.
Teachers middle and lower school, professional, caring and top notch credentials. Academics, hands on technology with integration of all subjects, math, science, reading, social studies etc. Small class size no more than 15 kids per class room. Preppy cute uniforms, lots and lots of added activities after school, reasonably affordable private school with everything offered. K-8th grade co-ed school. Family support by parents who volunteer allot. The school also won an award for being a lap top technology school and has been noted as a great school in various books as a top school in the nation. This school looks at the little details, very helpful and always there for parents. Small class size for productive learning, art and music classes are excellent. Spanish classes are very innovative and hands on. Science classes are exploratory. There are many sports offered, volleyball, football, cheerleading, chess, art, golf, band music classes and Hebrew is offered.
My child attended this school, painstakingly, for 1 year before finally having an emotional breakdown. And mind you, it wasn't the schoolwork itself that caused it (that part was fairly easy), but the hostile peers and the school's teachers who seemed indifferent and apathetic to the fact that my child had Asperger's. Yes, FWA is definitely ahead of the game in terms of their academic programs, technology, diversity of student/parent activities, and environmentally-friendly outlook, but if you don't fall under a certain archetype (ie: preppy, extroverted, elitist, or close-minded to name a few) the staff and students will ostracize and belittle you every chance they get. I know for a fact that money doesn't have to make people "bad", but some of the wealthy folks that attend this academy were real monsters.
My kids have gone to this school since kindergarten. My oldest just graduated this year and is moving on to high school. We have loved it there. My youngest will stay until the 8th grade.
Fabulous school! I have no idea what the last poster is talking about -- FWA looks for the gifts in every student and the teachers and administration work tirelessly to nurture them. It is a unique and amazing place that values both individuals and community. My kids love the school, the teachers, the headmaster, and the other children. Beyond that, the school is smart and intellectually stimulating. We feel so lucky to be here!
I love FWA. The teachers and faculty are wonderful. They care about you and are more than willing to help you with your homework and class work. I love how our school is going green! It lets me feel like I can be part of a differance to help the enviorment. Overall a awesome school!
Big things come in Small Packages. This school features 1:1 computer laptops for everyone! Yes, even lower school has daily computer access. They do blogs, wikis, online chats, research, state of the art technology facilities in all grades. 15 kids per classroom 2 classrooms per each great k-8th. Many sports offered, football, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, chess, drama, pottery, painting, voice lessons, guitar. spanish. Caring environment wonderful academic program with so much opportunity to learn. Advanced curriculum. 100% Peanut Free allergy awareness school. Great ethics, standards and lots of parent involvement. Great school.
I go to FWA and have gone there for many years,(almost 8!) It has been a great school since I came in 1st grade. Science class was very hands-on in K-5. In 6th and 7th grades you participate in dissections. History is also very fun, it's not just reading a text, in 6th grade you act out battles of Greeks! Sports, you are on the team if you want to be: coaches will always play you; they focus on teeamwork. The technology you get to use laptops everyday and in everyclass,if you are a middle schooler. FWA is a great school for anyone; teachers adjust to your different learning types and help you accel toward a better future.
Amazing Technology program from grade K thru 8th grade. Students in grade K thru 8th get hands on Science. Strong Spanish an reading is daily. Wonderful teachers an staff with little to no staff turnover rate. Computer Laptops for every Middle School Student. Strong arts program with pottery, music & band offerings. 15 students to 1 teacher class ratio that enables strong learning skills. PE daily. Strong History & Math classes. A joyful school with high standards, organized an talented staff. Amazing advanced curriuculm. Exploratory an structured learning. Caring staff & great family volunteer involvenment.
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