Universal academy has exceptional educational programs. The school could greatly benefit from more parent involvement, and also from enriching their extra-curricular activities.
My children have been attending Universal Academy for the past two years. In the beginning I was satisfied with the education they have received. My concern is the professionalism of the entire staff and teachers at Universal. There are several concerns with inadequate supplies for student use. This school could really be a high quality school if the staff, teachers, and parents pull together to achieve this.
My son attened UA of Irving. I have to say we were treated with no respect at all. It is a moslty black school. At first we had no problem with that. I was raised were color of skin didnt raise any issues. But I soon found out that I wasnt the only one who was being shoved aside. When you did give feed back in which that asked us to do. The (whites) were shoved to the side. I only found this out by talking to another mother who said she was treated very harshly too. She took her son out before I did. I really wished I had sooner. I don't think this school is all together in fairness.
This is my daughter's first year at UA. I transferred her from public school because I have heard nothing but good things about the curriculum and the teachers. During the first few weeks of school, I had a few problems with her behavior, but that was quickly resolved with the help of the teachers, principals, councelors, and directors. We all joined forces to take care of the problems and that within itself says a lot about the staff at UA. I often find myself dropping in on her classes and her teachers invite me in with open arms. If the Lord says the same, my daughter will continue to go to UA until she graduates. Keep up the good work.
My daughter attended pre-k at this school for a month. I withdrew her because the work given to her wasn't challenging her. I addressed my concerns with the principal who was courteous but no help in solving the problem. He referred me to the director over the pre-k program. The director was rude, disrespectful, and uncaring toward me. Also this school's disciplinary procedure is corporal punishment. I find this type of discplinary action unacceptable. I teach my children violence is not answer and attitude is very important. Universal Academy has the wrong attitude and doesn't accept any constructive feedback from parents. The overall experience was horrible for my daughter and me, the parent. I would never recommend this school to any parent.
I am sad,I am forced to put my daugh. back into IISD.I was fed up with IISD for my son and daugh.(10yr between both.)I prayed looking for a school that offered a high academic level.IISD had no books,rude teachers and was teaching from films and would not let the students take notes. When my son was in IISD I was told there were not enough books, 10 yrs later, the books were out of date. At UA.Academics are awsome, I am a teacher in Children's Church for 3-6 yrs, I can tell which child attends UA and the one that does not. UA children can write,spell,read and behave at church. I have enrolled my child because of down sizing, all of her credits transfered. I had not doubt,when my daughter attended her games, she was well taken care of. UA grew fast because another chrter school closing, growing pains are visual. Good Luck UA! We will miss you!
My child attends Universal Academy and I am very pleased with the academic success that she has received since being at the school. At this time, my child is above reading level and its due to the thanks of the teachers, reading coordinators, after school staff, and the librarian of the school that has made this possible. True, there are some problems that should be worked out but with every good plan come problems but you should not focus on the problem but the solution. Through all of the U.A. problems that have occurred within the years, it still has not effected the education that the teachers have given to those children. But let's just be real, is there any perfect school anywhere? No there is not. If you can not be apart of the solution then you are apart of the problem. As a parent, I am apart of the solution.
My daughter has been in UA since the 4th grade. In recent times the school has seemed to have 'dropped the ball'. They have financial problems with keeping things together, which in consequence has certain members of the staff selling junk food to the kids to slowly straw away from the red zone in debt. Recently the school has chosen to drop grades ten through twelve three weeks before scholl starts again in a mandatory meeting held july 27th 2004. The kids have worked hard to graduate early with honors and extra credits, but with no gurantee that there transcripts will be accepted at new schools if they can find one in time for school to start.
My child attended UA for the first year this year. I am pleased with the teachers and the level of education my child received. My child came from public school with so-called behavior problems. Through a counselor I changed schools and was pleased. My child did not have one behavior problem beside the normal talking and giggling when you're not supposed to be. But if you don't get those giggles out sometimes I would be concerned. The school overall doesn't look great, but I volunteered as much as possible to see exactly what was really going on. I will admit I did see some questionable behavior sometimes here and there, but no one school is perfect. During TAKS time, I was very well pleased with the level of education the kids were getting. My son wil be returning this year and is looking foward to returning also.
My daughter has been at UA, Irving for 2 years. They have an excellent academic program. But the environment and mentality are very questionable. I agree with the parent below that states, 'as long as you don't are blatantly rude when it comes to respect of the parent and a lot of timest the student. The 'know it all' attitude is what is keeping my child from attending there another year. I am very offended at the attitudes and the skill level currently at UA. Parents please consider when enrolling your child what attitudes are being taught.
We love Universal Academy. I have been a parent at this school since 1998. My son is one of the first Pre-K students to start at Universal Academy. This school has given my child a great start in education.
They will tell you that parent involvement is required however as long as you do not share you own opinion on something, you are fine but if you have a problem or an issue (like no soap or toilet paper in bathroom) you are quickly pushed aside. Most of the times the water fountains do not work. If you child graduates from this school, be prepared to hear 'school not qualified' on your scholarship reject letters.
The teachers at Universal Academy are highly intelligent, friendly and truly teach children how to succeed! As long I am in DFW my son will attend Universal Academy.
My Daughter has completed 3 years at Universal Academy. She is approaching her forth year. I love the school. I Volunteer almost everyday. The open door policy procedure to sit in on classes when deemed necessary. They expect and require parent involvement.
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