Thank you to Coach Hendrickson for being the most amazing teacher, coach and mentor to our children this year. In his role as a coach, he not only leads the kids to be the very best athlete, learn new skills and compete as hard as they can - he impresses upon them that team work, lifting up one another and sportsmanship are the most important goals. As a teacher, he engages the kids in a way few other can. He embraces project based learning and creates lessons that appeal uniquely to 11/12/13 year olds, and they learn more than they could ever imagine. He also makes each child feel he/she is important. He knows them well, and really talks to them about things that are important to them. Coach H makes the day fun. Its not uncommon to see him giving up his planning time to join them in PE to play a game or out on the fields at recess playing with the kids. He is hands down the best teacher I've ever known.
We chose FWA because it truly offered a personalized learning approach for our son. More than just the words in the brochure or the presentation, they delivered on all of their promises. Our son showed up as a shy, quiet boy and left FWA with self-confidence and a great foundation with which to continue his learning. He is now graduating from high school, after coming a member of the National Honor Society and is on his way to Curry College outside of Boston with a significant merit scholarship. FWA is a gem within the Fort Worth Educational Community--there would be other place I would have my children go.
I have three children, now ages 12, 14, and 16. I started all of my children in a Jewish pre-school that went through kindergarten and transitioned them to Fort Worth Academy in first grade. Before choosing Fort Worth Academy for our oldest child, my wife and I visited all of the local private schools that had no religious affiliation. Since we are practicing Jews, the local Christian schools were not an option for us. After visiting the secular private schools within a few miles of our house, we selected Fort Worth Academy. The experience has been terrific. Our children has have learned a great deal. My older daughter had an excellent foundation for the Honors Program at Paschal High School, where she is now. Fort Worth Academy is flexible in the way it addresses the particular needs of individual children. Our children are all different. Our middle daughter is academically gifted. She was way ahead in mathematics. The school recognized that talent and accelerated her a grade level in math a couple of years ago.
We wanted our children to study Hebrew language, in addition to Spanish. About 12years ago, a Hebrew language programs was established as an extra-curricular, non-credit elective. My wife and I took over the program 10 years ago (when our oldest daughter enrolled) and it continues. 8-10 students participate each semester, not all of them Jewish. Fort Worth Academy provides free space for a Hebrew teacher to teach Hebrew language 2 days each week for families who want it. The teacher's salary is paid by parent contributions and by support from the local Jewish community. The Administration works with us coordinate the Hebrew program with the regular school schedules of the kids who enroll. The flexibility and cooperation is gratifying.
For a small school, Fort Worth Academy had a good athletic program. All of our children are athletically active. My older daughter played volleyball and basketball at Fort Worth Academy. She now plays club volleyball and plays for Paschal High School. Our younger daughter played volleyball for Fort Worth Academy. She now plays club volleyball and also wants to play for Paschal. Our 12 year old son plays basketball and baseball, while also playing baseball for a Little League team. Fort Worth Academy has helped all three of our children develop as athletes and as sportsmen.
Some are better than others, which true in any school, generally they are effective. Different students react different to different teachers, which normal. My son is very fond of his history and science teacher, who is also the basketball coach. He has learned a lot in both subjects.
Yes, the students are assessment on ongoing basis, which teaches that one set back and one bad quiz are not the end of world. It teaches the kids to keep trying to improve. The athletic program also grit and determination, as well as sportsmanship.