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7450 Memorial Woods Drive
Houston, TX 77024

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(713) 290-2500
(713) 290-2509
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August 28, 2015
If there was an option for 0 stars I would have chosen that option. FBA used to be a great school but has suffered for many years. Where do I start? I could mention that many teachers elect to leave because of mistreatment or I could mention that several are asked not to come back because they openly disagree with unfair practices. Administration is terrible. They often lie to your face just to save their own skin or neglect to return calls or set up meetings unless your money is valued by them. Did I mention they will lie until you catch them with your own evidence? Watch out new middle school students the new principal will surely shred what was left of a quality school. 8th grade has to be the epitome of overpaying for mediocre academics . My friends son was offered MANY more advanced level classes and her son was in public school. What a laugh she got when I told her how high tuition I was paying. I cannot forget to mention that some students, well let me clarify by saying one STUDENT, was offered those higher level courses while the remainder of the student body was left out. This same student was offered many more opportunities than the entire grade including free tuition when they threatened to pull the student out of the school. If they love your student and the student makes them look good they will bend over backwards for you and imagine our delight when everyone else found out. Rumors rumors. Many 8th grade traditions were taken away or given to the grade level below them including the overpriced computers. Uniforms were changed so many times we wasted money on an item that was changed the next year. The teachers told our students they were the worst batch of kids multiple times and they couldn't wait until they graduated, and our students overheard the teachers talking badly about them. When confronted the teachers lied to the kids faces. AWESOME JOB teaching our kids about morals and ethics. Get ready for multiple infractions for minor things and if you disagree you are met with defensive teachers and admin. So, in conclusion if you like a school with disgruntled teachers, fake leadership, favoritism, overpriced tuition, mediocre academics, and favoritism this is your school! Don't count on 1st choice high school because they wont be able to get in.

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May 02, 2015
In all honesty FBA does have some great caring teachers that do help you in either spiritual or educational problems, but the number of teachers that do not care what you do is outrageous.My bible class does not talk about the salvation. They talk about circumcision or put on veggie tales. In middle school, girls do not get as much sports as boys do. Boys get lacrosse and soccer, but girls do not. There are staff and facility that quit because either they were fired or "they found a better job". Since the departure of many teachers, FBA accepted anybody they could get or at least applied, therefore not really making the teachers policy very high. Whenever girls do something wrong (the majority) the teachers will just laugh or "let it slide", but when the boys do something wrong, the teachers will give them an infraction. The children are either nice or back stabbers. When you complain, little to no action will be done. In middle school, they expect you to pay over $1,000 for a computer that in 7-8 grade, you will barley use. There are students who don't get to go to the high school they want to go to because of the lack of educational advancement FBA gives.

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February 20, 2015
FBA is a school. Either you go there, or you don't. I don't recommend it if you are in 9th grade or above.

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February 02, 2015
MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY Class Size: PRO Smaller, opportunity to participate & interact w/ teachers. CON Everyone included in everything/knows your business. Academics / Electives: PRO Teachers come to school early for free tutoring/review. CON Not enough electives. Teachers: PRO Some teachers are very caring, innovative and excited about teaching. CON Some are less so. The teachers can be TOO involved. Teachers vote in school elections, pick their favorites overriding peer votes. This does not prepare kids for the real world. Technology: PRO On-line parent portal with assignments, grades and class resources material. One-to-one computer program. CON Only a few teachers keep their portal page updated. Required to purchase computer, yet they have failed to develop the curriculum around using it. Atmosphere: PRO Christian school inside a church. CON FBA lacks a neighborhood/community feel; not enough social events for students to foster camaraderie and build relationships. The school is very hung up on suppressing any individuality. A lot of the rules seem excessively petty. Conclusion: FBA currently suffers from years of poor leadership. Caveat emptor.

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January 26, 2015
The middle school at FBA is very disorganized and ridiculous. My children have attended FBA since kindergarten. The lower school was great and we made memories that will last forever. I could tell my kids enjoyed it and I was very satisfied. Now that my oldest daughter is in her eighth grade year, she couldn't be more depressed. FBA is in this transitional stage that you do not want to be caught in. Multiple experienced teachers left the school simultaneously. That was my first indication that something was wrong. Then my daughter tells me FBA is breaking many eighth grade traditions that she has been anticipating for such a long time. For example, the eighth grade retreat was accompanied by seventh graders this year. Not to mention the cheer captain position was given to two seventh graders rather than the eighth grader. As the school year advanced, I realized there is a huge problem with the discipline in this school. If there is an incident between two students, the first student to tell an adult is labeled the "victim" while the other gets all the punishment, even if there was equal damage done on both sides. The 1200 words are not enough to express my disappointment.

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October 01, 2014
FBA middle school is very poorly run & the administration is out of touch with what builds great children. FBA is run for the general masses & doesn't develop/promote special talents. FBA administration puts up a good front, but follow through isn't there. FBA doesn't prepare its kids for the future compared to reasonably good private schools. The test scores prove it. FBA doesn't know how to develop boys, nor does FBA understand them. They are way off here. In general, they love & support most girls infinitely more. FBA hangs on to teachers they should fire when evidence is overwhelming against supporting those teachers. The FBA administration imposes its own wants & desires on a student body that should be relatively free to learn to work out social situations without interference UNLESS there is a threat of harm to someone. Their meddling cripples the true development of the kids and harms them for their entry into a world that awaits them. FBA administration should quit believing its own self assessment & start making efforts to earn the expensive tuition they charge. They won't, because they can always fill the seats with average students. Admission standards are low.

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June 24, 2014
I love having my kids at FBA! Amazing and encouraging faculty, engaged administration and a wonderful Christian atmosphere. My kids have grown so much academically and socially - and it's due to FBA.

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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.

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November 06, 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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February 03, 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.

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February 01, 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.

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February 01, 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.

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December 09, 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.

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October 03, 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.

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October 01, 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.

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September 07, 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?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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July 24, 2008
Our review relates only to FBA Primary School, formerly First Kids. The quality of the school facilities is excellent, as well as their teacher/student ratio. However, the level of care a child receives in this program is very inconsistent from year to year depending on the teachers. Some teachers are extremely loving and caring. Others are terribly distant from what you would expect from a highly accredited Christian school. Sometimes there is lack of respect for the children as evidenced by negative methods of discipline, such as yelling, rude talk, lengthy time-outs, etc. The principal is new and it s evident that she is still working on gaining the teachers' respect. Overall, the program is good. Our child enjoys going to school here. I would recommend FBA Primary with the teacher caveat.

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May 11, 2008
My child has been at FBA since Kindergarten. We have been extremely pleased with the education our child has received. Every day he is challenged by his teachers to think outside of the box when researching a subject. Weekly he attends Innovations with an instructor that is beyond what any parent could ever wish for their child! Overall, the teaching staff is outstanding -- saying this, I do believe that every child/parent gets what they give... We enjoy the fact that all of the teachers and staff know our child and us by name. We would and do recommend FBA to our friends!

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February 20, 2008
My child encountered multiple instances of negligence of which neither teacher nor staff made us privy but covered it up as if it never happened. We would never recommend FBA to any parent.

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October 03, 2006
My child has attended HFBA for four years. Academically I have to rate the school very high. The teachers are professional, dedicated and impressive. I cannot say the same for the elementary school principal. School identity revolves around the typical jock/cheerleader mentality. If your child fits into that group, they will blend in. If not, your child can expect a lot of friction with the other students. As a religious school they teach their Christian views in Chapel each week. Do not expect the students to live by those same lofty ideals.

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July 05, 2006
My children attended FBA and were academically well-equipped for high school. I appreciate FBA, too, for the spiritual foundation the school helped we, as parents, build. The low rate of teacher turnover, expecially in the Elementary School, speaks highly of the Elementary Principal. The Elementary Principal has been employed as a teacher as well as Administrator at FBA for 25 years. The teachers do not stay because of the salary. The salaries are much lower than public school. The teachers demonstrate a sincere concern for their students. Private schools are limited in funds and therefore cannot offer extracurricular opportunities to meet the specialized interests of every student. That is where we as parents fill in, providing opportunities for our children outside the school environment. No institution can

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August 02, 2005
The school provides a well rounded education, but has limited extracurricular activities for the academic minded child. We have been trying to get them involved in some organized robotics program and have not been successful.

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July 28, 2005
Enjoyed the low Student/Teacher ratio. The school is also slowly starting to offer more Sports activites.

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February 07, 2005
FBA is awesome. Our oldest child has attended the school for 5 years and we could not be more pleased. The teachers make each child feel special and accept them as individuals. My son has scored very high on the standardized test so I feel they are learning without it being drilled into them on a daily basis.

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November 26, 2004
My middle school daughter did very well at First Baptist Academy. She excelled in academics and grew much deeper spiritually as well. They also had an excellent program of extracurricular activities. I would recommend First Baptist Academy to anyone!

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First Baptist Academy Houston
7450 Memorial Woods Drive, Houston, TX  77024
(713) 290-2500
Last modified First Baptist Academy Houston is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
First Baptist Academy Houston Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top