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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Enjoyed the low Student/Teacher ratio. The school is also slowly starting to offer more Sports activites.
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.
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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