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7-12
Public charter
Fort Worth, TX
Students enrolled: 355
 

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3901 South Hulen Street
Fort Worth, TX 76109

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(817) 924-1482
(817) 926-9932
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September 17, 2014
I attended the school for my junior and senior years of high school and I loved it. The sense of community and the support to achieve are incomparable to any public school, and I truly believe that attending this school made me a better person. There's always a sense of excitement and everyone that works there have such positive attitudes and such great passion for what they do, from the administration all the way to janitorial services. I've never seen students bond so much with their educators.

- submitted by a community member

July 21, 2014
Our kids have attended at FWAFA for 7 yrs. We are daily blessed to have our sons attend there. The teachers are beyond dedicated! The education, check out our national ratings, has exceeded our expectations and continually challenges our boys. FWAFA is dedicated to child success. There is so much help and attention given to each child. We have one son that needed an accelerated curriculum-he got it! It is awesome. Our other son struggled to read. Several teachers stepped up and gave thier personal time to him dedicating themselves to his success. Additionally, he was also assigned a tutor. She was amazing. He no longer needs he help. Our son now reads and is one of the top students in several of his classes. I cannot say enough about the education, supreme environment and dedication this school presents. It is fabulous. You could only be so lucky to have a child at this school. For anyone that may not feel so kindly about school, or our fine art fees, it's a shame! Take your child to another school. There is a very long wait list for kids that want to be @ FWAFA. It is an incredible school. Give the opportunity to a kid who is waiting and wants it. FWAFA is a rare opportunity.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2014
The prior post does not represent me or most parents. I LOVE this school. FWAFA emphasizes the arts, but the academics are exceptional too. My kids went on to great universities and excelled in part because they had a great academic foundation provided to them by FWAFA. I love the small school environment. With only 30 to 60 students per GRADE, teachers know and care about their students. I like that grades 3-12 are all at one school. I think younger kids see and learn from older students and envision what they might expect. I like many of the traditions that make this school unique and give students great experiences outside of the classroom. I like that my children had national and international travel experiences that they would not have had in a typical public school. I feel the arts component of FWAFA makes well-rounded adults whether they decide to pursue their art or not. Anyone interested should visit the campus, talk to students and parents, or attend one of the many fine arts programs produced by the school. FWAFA is more than a school it is a community of faculty, staff, and parents dedicated to giving students the best academic and artist experience it can provide.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2014
This used to be a wonderful school. The decline over the past 5-6 years is shocking and very sad. The Administration is non-responsive to any parent-raised concern. This is well known and a running joke among parents. The biggest issue is the mean-spiritedness among students. This is the case from the youngest grades to the oldest. Students are used to being "top dog" in their art prior to arriving at FWAFA. They are downright mean to one another and the Administration never seems to notice. If a parent complains the call/email is never returned until the parent gives up. Academics are very weak and faculty turns over often. There are a few excellent teachers in 11th/12th grades (who arrived before the current admin) but from what one hears they are planning to leave as well because of the decline in the culture of the school. Students arrive at FWAFA as strong students but standardized tests over time (looking at any one student) decline with each year spent at the school. Please look beyond the "honor" of being accepted. Look at the potential long term affect on your child's heart (from the mean student culture) and educational future (from weak academics).

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2012
I have been a student at FWAFA for four years. FWAFA is definitely a unique school. The students are all there because they are gifted in the arts and went through the audition process. Parents are supportive and encouraging. Teachers and faculty are also there because they have a passion for the arts and academics. Maybe they don't get paid a lot, but that helps to weed out the teachers who are there for the wrong reasons. Some people just can't handle the environment. We are like a huge family and we stick up for one another. Teachers push us because they know that we can handle it. We are ranked in the top schools in the nation and our test scores show that we take academics very seriously, especially in our English department, where we learn how to use proper grammar... We work hard for our grades because we understand that being a student at FWAFA isn't something to take for granted. We take pride in who we are. FWAFA is a fantastic school built around community, the arts, strong academics and students, parents, faculty and teachers that truly care.

- submitted by a community member

October 09, 2012
I totally disagree with yesterday's post...I am assuming this "previous" teacher must have been fired from the English department due to the fact that his/her post had incorrect grammar! My daughter has been @ FWAFA for 5 years and she is definitely excelling. I have personally had experience with a private school, public schools, & charter schools with my children. As with all schools, we have encountered minor issues with FWAFA but NOTHING to "write home about"! My daughter is highly motivated to make high grades in all of her classes. As her mom (a college grad), I know just how hard she works and just how hard the subject matter is that she is being taught...at least a year ahead of FWISD. All of her classmates are highly motivated and are realizing just how important their studies & grades are in getting into college. FWAFA is a "college prep" school...Everyone there wants to go to college. I feel extremely lucky for my daughter to have gotten into this fine school.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2012
As a former Teacher one of the worst schools academically as well as student attempts to learn. They are so use to receiving grades they don't even try. This is the worst schools ever. If a student don't pass the state assessments they are sent back to their home schools raising the high test results. This is a farce, the state should investigate. Teachers teaching subjects they are not qualified for.

- submitted by a teacher

August 02, 2012
The administration of this school seems to exist only to collect their paychecks. Many of the staff are unqualified and inexperienced mothers of current or former students. The children of the staff have access to all private and sensitive matters discussed in the office and brag about this knowledge to their classmates. Upper School Students must spend 2 hours per day in "arts" classes, a waste of time for most, making the school day 2 hours longer than other high schools (8am-3.45pm, days preceding concerts can rehearse until 10pm). PTO is practically nonexistent, the principle must attend all committee meetings and all decisions must be personally approved by him, so every year no decisions are made and the principle tells the PTO what their fund-raising money must be used for. The theater department is excellent, as is upper school biology, but if you have a choice..run from this school - go to Booker T.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2011
My children have attended FWAFA, starting with my oldest, for 8 years now. We are very happy and blessed to have such dedicated teachers and staff. It is not your typical school, so it isn't for everyone. Academics are excellent and held at high standards, and artistic children are naturally inclined to be able to handle it. I also find that FWAFA prepares my children for the real world. My children have learned responsibility, respect, acceptance, self-confidence, just to name a few. The school has grown in size, and no longer has the feel of a "small school," where you know the names of all the children, but certainly has maintained its charisma, integrity and excellence.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2011
As another year is coming to a close, I have to say that I feel so fortunate that my child attends FWAFA. Her high ACT and SAT scores are a direct reflection of the quality education she is receiving at FWAFA. Academics does not get put on the back burner to the fine arts. She has been pushed in her LA and math courses in order to prepare for college. As my child talks with friends that go to other schools, she quickly realizes that the high expectations at FWAFA academically and in the area of fine arts is a gift. Yes, she has a large academic load on top of her performances; however, this will give her the time management skills she needs to be successful as a college student/performer. Thank you FWAFA staff for challanging my high achieving student!

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2011
FWAFA is a great performing arts school. But other than performing arts, I am very concerned. My child has been taught numerous things incorrectly. Has gone from an "excelled" student, to one that is barely passing in a couple of classes. The school is very disorganized. You get several different emails and changes of information at the last minute. The administration is very lax. I am not happy as a parent with the academics. If you are only looking for fine arts, this is a great place. If you are looking for structure, high academics, etc., I would look REALLY DEEP before I considered placing my child here.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2011
FWAFA offers challenging academics and amazing fine arts opportunites that focus on a variety of learning styles. However, valuing students as individuals, professionlism, and adequate attention to concerns, whether minimal or serious, have much to be desired. On the surface, FWAFA is impressive, though once inside you find its a different story.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2010
FWAFA is a wonderful school with excellent teachers who really care about very student. Great students full of talent and desire to learn and work hard to achieve thier goals. Parents that are involved in thier children's lives and who invest time, love, money & devotion towards helping thier children succeed in thier goals & life. The kids at FWAFA recieve a great education & are well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 22, 2010
I also agree that obtaining homework from middle school teachers is a challening task. All though the academics are on course and the staff is overall courteous, there are a few teachers who see it as their personal job to make the students life a as hard and unsuccessful as possible. Most teachers have posted tutoring times and are willing to stay and help. The few who do not find time in their scedules to stay after really make student success hard to come by. As a parent of a child with different learning style, it is hard to balance enthusiam for the arts and success in the classroom. It seems like a few teachers with a point to prove can ruin a good thing.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2010
The high school school has many good qualities for arts, but offers very little academic structure for those children who need it. It's difficult to get make-up work from the teachers when my child is absent. It's also difficult to get the teachers to respond to inquiries about acedemics.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
FWAFA is an excellent school which is known for their performance groups, although not enough is said about their quality academics. Not only is FWAFA ranked 6th out of the Top 20 High Schools in the DFW but also has an exemplary accountabilty rating. FWAFA in my opinion is just as good or even better than some of the overpriced private schools in the area and can hold their own. My children love it there and say that they are being challanged by their teachers as well. We are pleased to be part of the FWAFA family.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
The children not only get all the basics of a good eduction, but can develop their artistic talents as well.

- submitted by a community member

September 15, 2009
This is the first year that my daughter has attended FWAFA and is a 9th grader. She loves it! There is a lot of homework but I think that would be the case anywhere going from Middle School to High School. They are committed to offering a quality education that balances the arts and high academics. I was so pleased to hear that FWAFA ranked 6th in the Top 20 High Schools in the greater Dallas Area based on a study that was published in the Dallas Morning News on September 13th. We feel blessed that she was selected to attend FWAFA!

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2009
My daughter graduated from FWAFA last year and is attending college with excellent talent and academic based scholarships. She transferred in from a 5A school and I believe that the 3 years she spent at FWAFA molded her as a student and performer in a way the other school could not. The faculty and staff are extremely supportive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 08, 2008
the Theater program is excellent. The music is a' favorites situation' and the leadership is lacking the teachers get away with not sticking to policy and making their own rules, sometimes at the cost of the students.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2008
My childs second year at this school. Academically I dont think they are up to par. I found it hard to get assistance with my child from her elementary teacher and kept getting the run around.Very hard to get assistance with tutoring. The school is devoted to the performing groups and lack in other programs. My child loves the school so I am allowing her to stay another school year to see if it improves but may decide to put back in public school.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2008
This is our first year and it is only the 3rd week of school and we already feel like a real part of things. Everyone is so helpful. I have been very pleased with the academics. The staff and administration are very approachable. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2007
I couldn't be happier with FWAFA. This is my daughter's second year there and she has enjoyed it so much while getting a great education and having the opportunity to participate in all of the arts. The new principal is a great balance to the school as he is very academically-minded. All of the teachers that I have come in contact with seem very devoted to the school and the students all seem happy - what more could a parent ask for?

- submitted by a parent

March 29, 2007
To begin with, the school is the greatest for the arts, but I was disappointed with some of the teachers for the lower grade levels. To the contrary, the high school teachers are amazing and so are the fine arts teachers. Overall, the school gives off a fun and friendly vibe, but the students can really get down to work and excel beyond anyone else. This would be my first recommendation for anyone interested in the fine arts.

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2006
My experience they have been exceptional.FWAFA truly prepares students for college! The have a spectacular arts program. Our oldest child is enrolled at FWAFA because they are gifted in singing but average grades. Our younger child was in public school has always made good grades and not into the arts. Our singer was placed in FWAFA's Pre-Ap classes being pushed to do work that was more challenging and made better grades. Now in AP classes. The younger child s grades declined and was told by the teachers they are a great student no trouble. It came down to the teachers had no time to work with the students. We moved out of public into FWAFA with no art skills. We discovered they like to do drama and stage tech work and grades are up in Pre-AP classes. I don t always agree with administration but do you where ever you go? NO

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
I put my academically challenged but artisitic middle school child in this school expecting a socially liberal environment with a lot of personal attention from the teachers. With the exception of two teachers, one of which left last year, my son received very little encouragement or tutoring in the academics. The choir and graphic arts were excellent, but the other art classes were a joke. The instrumental program is non-existent. The school doesn't even have a band or orchestra. Our experience was that if you aren't in one of the elite performing groups, you are second-class, and if you require academic help, you really aren't welcome. Concerning the social environment, FWAFA was like a fundamentalist christian school. I lot of parents may want that, but it was the opposite of what we were looking for. I put my child back in public school this year, where he received better instruction all-around.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2006
The strongest asset of this school is the fine arts program, obviously. There are high standards in the arts program and in the area of The dance program is probably the most impressive to me, but the school is well known for the quality of the Texas Boys Choir, which is the cornerstone of the school. With the director stepping down this year, they are in a huge transition with an interim for the boys. FWAFA offers excellent opportunities for children/teens who wish to become professional actors, singers, and dancers in the most respected of settings. There The school is only 5 years old, so they are still improving their academic program year by year. It is a small school with very few behavior problems. The school has taught my children to be flexible and confident, but I am hoping that the academic programs will continue to improve. Great PTO.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2005
The quality of the academic programs is extremely bad. The level of the music program has drastically declined over the past few years. A true shame in every sense of the word.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2005
This school is by far the best around. It produces well-rounded, well-balanced young men and women not only in the arts but also academically and socially. All of the performing groups at the school are phenominally talented, as are their directors.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2005
School was good in the past but current administration leaves a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2005
School excels in fine arts programs from gold medal winning choirs to Buckley Awards winning theater department. Administration leaves a lot to be desired. The parents financial background seems to be more of a factor in discipline then the good of the school or the needs of the students. Administration doesn't 'want to create waves'. Student accountability is sorely lacking.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2005
The academics here are challenging, yet reachable. This is no ordinary 'let's play all day' fine arts school. These teachers and students have passion and motivation that most don't see in a lifetime. Excellence is excpected, and achieved.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2004
My children have gone to this school for 3 years. The atmosphere is upbeat and exciting. It is wonderful to have the fine arts opportunities this school offers: choir, theatre, dance, instrumental, art. In 2003-2004 all of these departments won awards in various competitions around the United States and the world. The Texas Boys Choir brought home a gold medal from the International Choir Olympics in Germany and is the champion mixed boys choir. The Children's Choir of Texas won Best of Show at Sandylake. The theatre department had Betty Buckley Award winners from the musical 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' and the dance dept. won several awards and scholarships. This year (2004-2005) the art dept. has grown from 40 students to 130! The school is new and is growing every year. I have seen wonderful improvements in academics and look forward to what lies ahead for this unique school.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2004
I took my child out of public school 3 years ago to get away from the violent and overcrowded classrooms and sent my child to FWAFA - touted as an A+ school. The first year was great - then when several A+ teachers left, and they put in place a new admin - FWAFA rapidly declined. All my child's friends left (starting midyear) as parents were yanking kids out left and right due to the incompetent leadership, incompetent teachers, and frankly - incompetent curriculum. If you asked me 3 years ago what I thought of this school, this would be a totally different review. Now, all I can do is warn other parents to inform themselves. Find former students and parents (some current ones will also concur), and take firmly into consideration this...do you want your child to succeed in life, or FWAFA?

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2004
Our overall opinion of this school is great. The administration care about the students, the numbers are low and people actually know who you are when you walk into the front office. The fine arts instruction has been excellent. Lacking in a gifted program academically is one downfall, but the school is new, so given time this could happen. The low numbers make for fantastic teacher-student-parent communication. Self confidence is in abundance at this school, the kids like themselves and what they do. The older stuadents work very well with the younger kids in the arts programs. The academics in my opinion are better than a Texas public school, but with the ability for student to excel because of the lower numbers they have less problems children. Overall the Academy of Fine Arts if a very nuturing environment and the Principal has an open door policy.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2004
Don't let these other reviews kid you. This is not a world class school. We, like many others, are removing our child because of serious concerns about the administration and academics. Very over-rated in almost every aspect. The only bright spots are the two choirs, and they are rapidly sliding downhill in quality because of the incredibly bad administration, particularly the executive director and most of the board. I would be surprised to see this school in existence 3 years from now. This has been an extreme disappointment for our child this year. While billed as a fine arts school, it should be noted that individuals attending do not have to be involved with fine arts. There are several students who that are not involved with any fine art activity and the only reason they are there is because they can not make it in any other school.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2004
Coming to the Academy of Fine Arts has completely changed my daughter's attitude about school. Once considered drudgery, school is now a place of joyous discovery. The arts are excellent at this school, and the school community supportive and inclusive. We could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2004
Simply put.., there is not a better school anywhere that provides the level of education and fine arts education. With perfoming choirs like the Texas Boys Choir, the Singing Girls of Texas and the Childrens Choir of Texas, excellence is part of each child's nature. The dance and theater departments are second to none. My children would never think about going anywhere else. Their confidence level is high, their grades are excellent and all while taking advanced courses. Not a better school anywhere.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2004
This school is a great one. It provides students a chance to become great artists and all around smart students.

- submitted by a student

September 27, 2003
This school offers the chance for children to excel in the Fine Arts while motivating them to maintain high academics in order to remain in a performing group and it works!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2003
This is the second year for my 7th grader and the first year for my 5th grader. We are just thrilled with FWAFA! The academics are very solid - my 7th grader has latin and pre-algebra. The choral work at the school is without a doubt the best you'll find anywhere. The dance department is very versatile and professional; my kids have come in with no dance background whatsoever and the instructors are very good working with them at their level. My second year student discovered last year that she is a talented dancer and that is only because of the teacher she had. We are very pleased with the entire experience!

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2003
Fort worth Academy of Fine Arts is a great school in the making. Excellent academics and world class fine arts instruction make it unique among schools in this area.

- submitted by a community member

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Fort Worth Academy Of Fine Arts
3901 South Hulen Street, Fort Worth, TX  76109
(817) 924-1482
Last modified Fort Worth Academy Of Fine Arts is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Worth Academy Of Fine Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top