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First Baptist Academy Houston

Private | PK-8 | 480 students

Our school is best known for being an academically rigorous Christian school
 
 

 
 

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Posted January 10, 2014

I have been a part of this school for the last 2 years on a volunteer basis. My wife and I will be sending our own children here in the near future. The school has lots of pride and the new Head of School is such a blessing. He is a leader and really has a heart for the well rounded student. He cares about academics and athletics, he realizes all of this makes for a strong school and a great experience for the institution.


Posted November 6, 2013

We are in our second year at FBA with both a PreK student and a Lower School student. While last year was somewhat transitional as they searched for a new Head of School, this year has had a tremendous beginning. The Head of School is a great leader who takes time to be with the students and parents. The teachers challenge the kids academically, but also give them confidence. I'm so grateful that my kids are getting such a strong education in a place that they are loved and taught Christian values. Honestly, after being part of other schools, I had no idea what we were missing until we came here. We love the school - most importantly, our KIDS love the school. And I love that parents are involved in so many ways - from the parent association to booster club to reading to students in the library. It's a great place for both of my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

This school is in a transitional stage. Don't get caught in it. They haven't had any real leadership in the last 2 years. Many graduating 8th graders were not able to get into their chosen high schools because they weren't qualified. The lack of leadership reflects in lack of education. Many teachers don't know how to teach or don't care about teaching and in turn, when a parent complains, nothing gets done or changes. It seems like it is just a burden for the prinicipal to take time out to meet and in the end nothing gets done. There is no concern about any individual child. The program is turning into a one size fits all environment. This school does not compare to its competitors. The other schools are much stronger with more high school credit options. This school lacks strong parent involvement-a red flag!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2012

We are in our third year at FBA and truly love it. The community is built of kind and genuine people, the academics are strong, and the teachers are fabulous. There are sports and extra curricular activities for everyone. The small class sizes and accreditations are also bonuses. This is the hidden gem of Houston independent schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

This is a great school!! The teachers are great and the teaching is awesome!! The students are very friendly and behaved. They have a new athletic complex and i am very blessed that they have such a great area to strengthen their athletic skills, also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

My child was in the preschool department. Although the educational aspect did seem strong, there wasn't the nurturing, loving environment I expected for the age group. The teachers just seemed a little too sharp for the age group. The nap time was ridiculously long for 2 1/2 - 3 year olds, at one point extending to 2 1/2 hours. Children that did not nap were given a single book for the period. I would often arrive during nap time, though towards the end, and see multiple children laying there awake in the semi-darkness while the teachers chatted among themselves. I was surprised they didn't pay more attention to non-napping students, especially given the length of the nap time. Also, because the day is so long, it feels more like a daycare and less like a preschool or MDO program. When I voiced my concerns to the primary school principal, she was ridiculously defensive and unwilling to consider the idea there might be a problem with her teachers. Instead, she immediately assumed anything I saw in my child was merely a reflection of my own worries. My child immediately flourished in another school when taken out of FBA. My child hated FBA, not school generally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

After being homeschooled preK-7th, our son entered 8th gr. @FBA, fall 2010. Admin/faculty: Staff go above & beyond to ensure students' needs are met. They are friendly, competent, honest, attentive, consistent in enforcing rules. As the parent of an 8th grader, everyone I've met is excellent/positive, providing 5-star service--head of school, principal, teachers, librarian, administrative staff, nurse, coaches. Facilities: Property is well-maintained, esp. clean restrooms. Academics: 8th gr. curriculum is high school/college-prep. E.g., students are taught to outline/take notes, write a variety of papers, and give presentations. Atmosphere: FBA & the church share the building, and I feel this improves the atmosphere. Maybe it s having other (non-FBA) adults on the premises. There are times the school accommodates a church event and the church accommodates a school event. ~5-10 Tuesdays in the fall & 10 in the spring are harder for those picking up kids after 5:30pm; traffic cops help out. The inconvenience is a small price compared to the benefit of having church staff in the building. FBA is a well-run school staffed by kind, competent people who aim high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

First Baptist Academy has been such a wonderful school for my two boys. Not only does it provide a nurturing environment, but the focus of academics is very challenging. I always recommend First Baptist Academy to my friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

First Baptist Academy has been such a blessing to our family. The superb teaching staff does a beautiful job teaching children of various learning styles and the administration is always supportive and engaged with the children. The small class size and focus on Christian values create a loving environment where the children thrive. The addition of a new athletic facility will certainly be enjoyed by all students as they continue to fulfill their potential. I feel confident that FBA is equipping my children to be successful students and loving Christians.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

My child has been attending FBA since he was nine weeks old. The teachers in the Primary School are friendly and caring. FBA has a well balanced program that balances play and structured learning. This year they introduced new learning materials for the Early Childhood classes that are alligned with the PK program. The facility is well secured and I feel like my child is in a safe and loving environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

My son has attended First Baptist since he was 3 years old. He began when the preschool was under the church. He is now in middle school. He has thrived in the environment with the small class sizes, the caring teachers and academics. My son is in the DUKE TIP program. I am glad the school is building an athletic facility for the entire student body to utilize. The administration is accessible, supportive and professional. I would definitely recommend FBA to someone who is looking for a quality private Christian education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

My family attended this school for 3 years - we decided to leave this year. If your child can get by on little to no "teaching" he/she will do well here, if not, be prepared to pay "extra" for tutoring or services. The principle and staff are uncaring unless you are from a wealthy family who is affiliated with the church. This school is a BIG disappointment - both academically and spiritually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

My family has been so well served at First Baptist Academy - the teachers are amazing! As a parent with multiple children (all of whom are very different with unique learning styles and interests), the teachers are amazing as they are equipped to teach my children in ways they learn. The Administrators are professional and understand children very well. Athletics and fine arts are great - I know my children are being well prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2010

Would agree with the parent posting on 11 Aug 2010. Tonight, the church function and the resulting "traffic control efforts" by security guards pushed parental parking to the back of the lot. Ever tried carrying a 1 year old in a carrier for 250 yards because the traffic cones blocked the usual pick up slots...in the middle of a tropical storm?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

We attended this school 1st-6th grade. We made the decision to move for 7th grade. The turn over rate of teachers at this school is awful. The extracurricular options are minimal. My child was not well prepared for the ISEE tests to get into other private middle schools. Lots of FBA parents in this same boat. My Child was seriously behind in math, not due to ability, but rather for lack of instruction. Once we had tutoring outside of school, did fine on the ISEE. It was obvious that instrution in school had not happened. The teachers are caring, but most are not there long enough to make a difference. Thier head of school is not well liked by the staff. Students not well prepared to advance to the next level of school, which I see as a failure on the part of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

Our son attended FBA beginning 2002. Daughter since 2006. Our son's education there ended in 2006 because he didn't behave. FBA expects the boys to not be boys and behave like girls. They LOVE girls. Administration communication is poor. Caring teachers just smile and shake their heads about the poor communication. The teachers are inconsistent. Our daughter continues there out of shear convenience and close proximity to our offices. We teach her at home. The plant & equipment team almost totally disregards the school's activities and hours of operation. The children's safety is jeopardized by employees by creating dangerous situations in the public street that runs through the campus, blocking child drop off areas with traffic cones, placing cones in the traffic lanes. Say something and HPD threats begin. When night-time meetings are held, pickup areas are blocked. Picking up your child/walking them across street to the parking lot is dangerous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My three children started going to FBA in kindergarten. Each year was a blessing. The teachers and staff members truly cared about each of them. My children enjoyed each year and have fond memories of their elementary years. The academics were challenging and the scores on their standardized tests revealed that they were excelling. FBA has an established sports program that we truly enjoyed each year. My favorite aspect of FBA is how the love of the Lord is so apparent. My children were given a strong foundation in biblical study. I highly recommend FBA to all my friends!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

My children have been at FBA for two years. They are happier than they have ever been! They have may huge strides academically since entering the school. The teachers are loving and nuturing; they truly care about my children. I believe that if the parents are supportive, but not intrusive, the kids are are able to grow academically and in their own independence. Is every student that leaves FBA a National Merit Scholar? No. But each child has the opportunity to reach their own full potential if they are willing to work hard and comply with behavior standards. All three principals are stellar! Kudos to FBA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

First Baptist Academy is very unorganized. Teaching did not prepare my student for the 8th grade ISEE exam for High School application. Academics not very strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

All three of my children went to First Baptist Academy. First Baptist Academy provided them with a strong foundation for high school. My oldest daughter is now a Petroleum Engineer, my middle child is in her sophmore year at Baylor and my youngest son is a Senior at Houston Christian High School. We can truly attest that First Baptist Academy was a nurturing, Christian environment with a strong academic curriculum. We thank God every day for the opportunity to have put our children through First Baptist Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 37%
Asian 7% N/A
Black 7% 14%
Hispanic 7% 47%
Two or more races 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Vietnamese
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Brig Thompson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • ACBS
Fax number
  • (713) 290-2509

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • High School Admissions Counsel
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Forensics club
  • Girl scouts
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Come for a tour and see for yourself the difference a Christian Education at FBA can make for your family.
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Financial aid offered
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Houston Christian High School
Episcopal High School
Memorial High School
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7450 Memorial Woods Drive
Houston, TX 77024
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