Right away we were impressed with the professionalism of the administration and faculty. We also love the small classroom environment. The student to teacher ratio is 12:1. That's important for our daughter who is initially soft-spoken. Children with this personality are often labeled with learning disabilities. However, at Fort Worth Academy she discovered her love for entrepreneurship, and this discovery became a motivator. Our daughter found another way to engage academically. As a result, we learned how to motivate her in the learning process at home. We also discovered different ways to motivate our other children educationally. The personal attention she received was an important step to determining how she learns.
If you want a school where the administration and faculty care about the whole child while maintaining a competitive academic experience with a personal touch and high parental engagement, look no further!
I have two children at Academy. Our experience has been very positive. We moved them to Academy lower school from a public elementary so they could benefit from the small classes and engaged teachers. We've found the curriculum and homework to be challenging but appropriate. There is an open and fluid feel to the school- students are challenged to their individual abilities but they are also allowed to be kids and their unique interests and backgrounds are respected and seen as a strength. The headmaster and staff strive to be innovative and forward-thinking which translates to students who think outside the box and who are valued for their unique contributions.
The school has the reputation for taking kids that no other school wants. Lots of behavior problems. Teachers aren't given the liberty to discipline. Not structured enough. Kids have too much freedom. Principal defends any action that happens regarding staff. Will not accept constructive criticism. Has two sides to his personality. Sadly, money talks at this school. If you aren't donating, then you aren't key to the success of the school. Too much emphasis on computers for everything and less emphasis on handwriting. Computers are always needing work. It's unfortunate the way it is run, as there are some very good teachers there that have their hands tied so to speak. My advice is to look elsewhere.
The Academy is truly an incredible school. Upon our first visit, we knew that it was the school for our son. We love the small classroom size, state of the art technology, and the amazing facility, led by Head of School, William Broderick. The students are engaged, happy, and nurtured by their teachers. As a parent, it is a great feeling to pull up at 7:45 am and see Mr. Broderick waiting to greet the students in carpool, all of whom he knows by name. The Academy is a community within a community that I recommend any parent seeking the "best quality education" explore.
Sending our son to Fort Worth Academy for Kindergarten was the best decision my husband and I made. He looks forward to school and comes home excited to share with us all the amazing things he has learned. The small student to teacher ratio has allowed our son to feel more confident about himself and be able to get any extra attention he may need to ensure he is understanding the material they are studying. I am truly amazed how innovative his teachers are in creating excitement in learning and how Fort Worth Academy encourages this from their teachers. Fort Worth Academy truly is an AMAZING school.
With each day I take my daughter to school at the Academy, I am remember when she was in Kindergarten. Each morning, sun, rain or snow, she could see her school on the hill from across the field. Kate would scream with excitement, "my school, I see my school." That is the best feeling as parent to know you chose the right place for her. She is loved, respected and encouraged. Now Kate is in 5th grade and it is not cool to say those words anymore but everyday when I pick her up, I ask, "how was school today?" Kate's responses has yet to be negative. Words like amazing, awesome, great, and good come from her. Kate still knows she is loved, respected and encouraged. Darla Robinson, proud mom of Kate Robinson
We enrolled our daughter the week before Thanksgiving of her 7th grade year. I had been hesitant to look at Fort Worth Academy because it only went to 8th grade, but we met Mr. Broderick at a Fort Worth Private School gathering. Our daughter talked with him and was interested in the 1:1 laptop program. She toured the school and was literally eager to attend. She was immediately accepted socially which is huge in middle school. The teachers were very helpful with a student starting late in the semester. She has been challenged academically and is enjoying great success in 8th grade. I think FWA has done a fantastic job of preparing our daughter for high school. My only regret is that we didn't discover Fort Worth Academy earlier.
The head master & staff are amazing!!! We had 3 children attend the academy and they all loved the hands on learning, small class rooms and that the headmaster met them at the car at drop off to greet them by name for the beginning of their day. Words simply can't explain how much we love the academy.
Fort Worth Academy is a great school ! We enrolled our daughter in Fort Worth Academy mid-semester last fall because we felt that the education she was getting in her FWISD school was no longer encouraging thought and creativity. She was not realizing her potential in that environment which was centered around standardized testing. We have been very impressed with both the school and our daughter s renewed excitement about learning. The school offers science class, daily physical education, and the arts. The children are stimulated. The teachers are enthusiastic and the staff knows every student. This is possible because the class sizes are small and focused. We also like that the school is only K-8. This keeps the kids from being in the shadow of the older teenagers like what can happen at some of the other private schools. We would encourage anybody who is looking for quality education in a nurturing and safe environment to consider Fort Worth Academy.
I feel so incredibly lucky that our son is able to attend kindergarten at Fort Worth Academy. He is happy to go to school everyday and is happy when I pick him up. This morning he asked if he had school today and said, "the best days are school days". FWA caps their classrooms with 15 students. This is perfect for my son, who loves to be creative. The low student to teacher ratio allows my son's teachers to allow him (and all the students) to really branch out creatively and focus on each child's ability level in all subjects. It also insures that students have the ability to advance to the next level when they are ready, while allowing others to keep learning on pace. I also love that FWA is K-8. This allows the children to be children. I wanted him to have an elementary school experience, to be young, and to feel at home in his school. And in 9 years when he is off to high school, FWA students have close to a 100% acceptance rate to their first choice high school.