The Academy is hands down the best school I have every worked in. A lot of my positive feelings about this school are due to the principal, Mr. Saenz. This was my first year teaching in Irving ISD, and I am happily returning to The Academy for my second year in 2014-2015.
This school not only offers a variety of opportunities but offers a college fell while preparing for your future career
The Academy is a great place for students to get an in-depth look at and experience in professions that interest them. The majority of teachers WANT to be there and Mr. Saenz is a superb principal. He asks for and listens to parent input and is proactive in solving issues that arise. The school teaches career oriented students many of the skills they will need in a professional work environment and helps them find internships that fit them. My child is flourishing in this environment rather than getting lost in a traditional high school. The lottery system for admission makes the school an option for any Irving ISD student who applies and not just top tier students.
This school is so great, had great opportunities for my kids and nieces and nephews. I love how the teachers are and the principle is just great.
This School deserves 5 stars because the first year that I'm here it has gone great and all the teachers are dedicated to their work thats why this school deserves an Excellent Rating
I think the Academy is great. I did attend the Academy and thought the school offered a lot of opportunities for us in the work field. It is a very professional school. They do allow you to work in a place based on your career path. The teachers are very helpful in guiding you so you can achieve your goals.
I graduted in 2008. Mr Wall is a resposible, wise principal. He was my principle since middle schoo. He encorage many student and reward them for their effort. Thank you! Mr Wall!
This school is so under rated its sad .I have attended this school for 2 years and i am flabbergasted. This school is the cornerstone of intelligence and leadership. All of the student are cool with one another and I make a new friend every day. The expectations are high and the teachers are determined and will stop at nothing to help us. We are by far the best school in the district. Not to say that if u attend Mac or Nimitz u will be a failure but this school lays it all on a silver platter for you. I am filled with a overwhelming sense of pride attending this school. This school is going to the top. WHOOOOO GO ACADEMY WHOOOOO
The Academy is a very nice school to attend. I graduated in 2007 and I really appreciated the different programs they offer. If your student is wondering about what they want to do for a career, this school is definitely the place to go
The Academy of Irving. I am a currently about to be Senior at this eccentric high school, I would pretty much say that this is a school for those who seek more than a job, but rather a career. It all really depends on how much efford you put in to get the best out of these four years. I am currently learning computer science, and opting for an internship as a class. Straight to college next fall. Great school for those who make it to be.
While the Academy of Irving ISD was built with a bold, brave vision in mind, and, in its first years of operation excelled in delivering the promise of that vision, it has long since deteriorated. The Academy now stands on the same level where many other secondary schools have come to lie. The school faces a mixed quality of leadership and a dwindling amount of truly dedicated instructors, as do many schools in the failing Texas educational system. The school came to be with the promise of change in the face of the other, now mediocre high schools in the city of Irving, a promise of understanding and respect toward students, their needs going forward in an ever-uncertain job economy, and a path to obtain an advantage in life by educating certain career fields. It has strayed from its initial intent and purpose, opting to settle on becoming an average school.
Overall, I give The Academy five stars because I feel that this school has an exceptional academic status, there is a prominent display of professionalism, and it provides a learning opportunity not given at other schools of Irving ISD. However, if you are looking for the traditional, pep rally-football-cheerleader type of school, this may not be the right choice. Here at The Academy of Irving ISD, students are not provided with sports, rather career choices: Visual Arts and Communications, Technology, Child Development, Law, Marketing and Hospitalities, and Medical/Dental to provide students with a head start in their career path. Students choose one of the six fields that they will continue to study throughout their high school years at The Academy. Professionalism is an important attribute to this school. Students are asked to dress (on Wednesday s) as if to attend an interview for their career. Great work, Mr. Wall!!
As a graduate of the Academy currently doing college coursework, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend high school there. I feel as if it really equipped me for my college career. I am always very proud to tell people where I went to high school.
The Academy of Irving ISD is a great school for kids wanting to do more than just play sports. We focus on sports and not education and that is the reason I like the Academy. Students get a great education from teachers who love to educate them. The school provides multiple career starters for the children. Mr. Walls is an excellent principle and I am proud that my son is a student under his direction. He cares about the kids and the staff. I highly recommend students to attend the Academy.
The programs offered at the academy are exceptional. Students have the opportunity to recieve hands on training for the real world. As far as sports, music, and other extracurricular activites are concerned the Academy does not offer those. Parents are the lifeline of this school from SOS *Supporters of Seniors* to PTSA *Parents, Teachers, Students Association*
As other posts have shown, The Academy offers a program that in non-traditional and not for everyone. Parents and students seeking a traditional education have great programs at the other three Irving high schools. The Academy provides a program that is relevant to the future of the students. It combines career exploration and training with academic preparation. It has made a positive difference in the lives of many of its students by providing them with an education that they see as important to their future success. It also gives them a headstart on their future through excellent interning opportunities in their chosen field of study.
This school provides students with amazing opportunities. It's one of those schools you wish existed when you were a kid. The academic programs are outstanding and students get out of it what they put into it. Although I'm quite involved, it's disappointing that other parents are reluctant to help, let alone even show up for open house and parent conference nights. Who ever gives this school a bad review doesn't know this school.
There are seven different career specialty programs at the Academy including law and medicine. In addition to the career emphasis, the Academy features the use of multiple technologies as part of the teaching-learning process. Each student is issued a district-provided laptop with wireless access on campus. Students who meet all the requirements can intern during their senior year of high school. The Academy does not have all of the music, sports and other extracurricular programs found at typical high schools. Students with a strong interest in a particular career might investigate the Academy. Those looking for a more traditional experience should consider a regular high school in the Irving ISD.
The Academy of Irving ISD is a great place to work and a wonderful educational opportunity for students. The majority of the satff at The Acdemy wrok closely with students and have their best interests at heart. No school is perfect, but The Academy is still growing (Just finished four years) and with the teacher and student leadership great things are happening!
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