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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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