I used to teach here also. It was a horrible expierence. The satff is stressed the administrators are mean and the facilities are very poor. I have to say that I do not belive the children learned and were intimidated. I do not understand how the school hasn't been investigated yet as everyone I talk to says there is a problem. As a former teacher there I would NOT allow my child to attend this school. Just because you have Academy in your name doesn't mean you are an academy. Please parents do your research before you allow your child to go there.
I also used to teach at this school. I completely agree with the comments of the teacher below. The entire experience was a nightmare for me as a teacher. Facilities were almost unacceptable. Library was minimal. Administration only interested in numbers.
This used to be an excellent school, they changed the principal in the last couple years and the dynamic shifted from encouraging parent involvement to an unfriendly, very restrictive, very 'punitive' environment for the students where the parents have little to no involvement except for monetary donations. This school use to have a nice student body 'mix' now the school is 99% Indian. If you want a military school environment then UA is for you. UA's BEST days are behind them!
Universal Academy is a phenomal school. UA's staff is certified just as other teachers in the State of Texas. UA meets the same teacher requirement as other traditional public schools. UA competes and wins at district and state level UIL events such as Drama and Art. As a parent my children are my greatest investment in life and I would never allow them to attend any institution of learning that is sub-standard. I have three children that attend Universal Academy (11th , 1st and PK). I would not consider sending my children to any other school. We have been at UA for 12 years and I'm proud of the academic success of each of my children. I would not hesitate to put them up head to head with any child from any other school. Universal Academy knows the formula for academic success and I am extremely blessed to have my children be part of this success. UA believes in their students and their students achieve! Universal Academy Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents - Let's always continue doing the things that have made us great! Together We Fly! - Y. Brown
My both kids go to Universal Academy. I am very happy with their performance in their academics.I am amazed by the efforts teachers put for their personal growth of a child when it comes to personality & discipline as well.It can only happen when teacher spends appropriate time with each student and that teacher is able to outline the personality and intellectual level of each child.It has helped me allot in their personal grooming.For me, education is not the only thing I look into if I send my kids to particular school, Its a place to learn and that definitely includes all the aspects to child's positive growth. I have seen allot of change in my kids owing to their one year education in UA..Feels great that you get results without stressing out your child to any other sources of education like Kumon or Gideon. One does not require any outside education resource if you are going to this school.It has it all.Their extra curricular activities have improved which I am very happy about. Great School,Supportive Teachers, Clean Environment and very responsive PTO..Love it...
I taught at this school for a short time. I left after I realized they had limited curriculum, few working computers, no soap in the bathrooms (students are expected to use hand sanitizer that is brought with their school supplies, teachers who are uncertified (most) are rarely given the support needed to get certified because the administrators know that once teachers are certified they will leave, the library is a joke, teachers have almost no time to plan their lessons, and teachers have been paid weeks late because the school lacked funding (also heath insurance has been canceled for non-payment). Do not believe the hype. This is not better than the public education your student could receive down the street. Blocks away, your student could have access to experienced and educated teachers, working computers, a real library, supplies available for science projects and field trips, professional administrators, and quality music, art, physical education, computer classes, and extracurricular activities. Please visit your local school and compare the difference.
I love this school! When I had started fourth grade here, I thought I would be left out because I had recently moved from Philadelphia. But I started making friends and I was really enjoying the classes and activities provided by the school. The teachers and staff are great here. I am proud to be an Eagle!
UA is horrible. Teachers & Administration is unqualified (check TEA to see if they are certified). They run this school as a business, profiting off the students by charging uniform violations & outrageous fees. "DieHard" students are leaving to go to ISDs. Your child deserves better than UA.
Universal Academy is one of the best schools in the state of Texas. My child has been a student at UA since he started school and he is now well above average due to the outstanding curriculum and teachers. I have never experienced anything but great things at Universal Academy. I think it is sad that people have nothing else to do but trash a great school!
Dealing with the Staff in Admissions department is a nightmare. Most unprofessional approach and unorganized. They dont listen your concern.. rather says - listen to me. This is it. Parents-Beware.. UA is no longer a great school.
Both Principals at the Coppell campus are not well qualified. They do not seem to have any leadership experience. There is no transparency. Where exactly is all the money parents are donating going?? I know they receive less funds than a public school, but there is never enough money. Be careful. I went to a great public school here in the DFW area. The children here do not have adequate resources--computers, projectors, desks, microscopes, gym lockers, enough bathrooms etc.
We had the same experience as well at Universal Academy in Irving. Disciplinary measures lean towards threatening/yelling and we did not find it to be a nuturing positive situation for my 1st grader. We have since enrolled him in a public school where he is thriving.
My child is a kindergartner at the Coppell campus. I have 2 older children in MS East and know what elementary schools are suppose to be like. This school falls short in every way except academics. I am impressed they give the kids homework daily in kindergarten w/ nightly reading journals-first grade level reading/math. However this is not a warm school. My father attempted to pick up my child and was verbally berated for not using the crosswalk. I have been screamed/whistled at to get out of the school at a parent night when I hadn't gotten to talk to my son's teacher yet...you'd think there was a fire in the school. I as a parent was talked to like a child...no love - more drill sargeant type attitude, which comes across rude to me. I have asked to volunteer multiple times at this school and have yet to be called.
Initially so much promise was held for Universal Academy of Coppell, however dealing with the adminsitration has been tremendously frustrating and unorganized. How extremely disappointing that a school which held so much potential has fallen short in execution. Bless Ms. Brown for her efforts to make things 'work' in the front office. Communication and organization between the Parents and Administration has been lacking. In the end the children are disadvantaged. Parents beware...
Universal Academy, Irving. This 'school' is a business. Though UA recieves Federal and State monies, there is still the need to charge the students for activities that are free at public schools; failure to pay for these activies results in non-participation. Fines for uniform violations are also considered a form of revenue generation. The number of certified teachers is alarmingly low and the 'cohorts' generally lack administrative certification. Curriculium is inconsistent as is any tpye of unified approach to implementation of scope and sequence. Teachers, especially in the elementary, do not appear to use diversification and rely heavily on yelling and threatening for classroom management. Communication, between UA and parents is poor; communication between staff and teachers is poor.
Universal Academy-Coppell is a great school to attend and work at. The staff are very close and always willing to give helping hands to each other. The test scores from this past school year allowed this school to achieve an Exemplary Rating from the state. The teachers work hard and do the best that they can with little parental involvement in school activities. I would like to see the parents become involved in their child's academic success, but I do not want the parents to be overbearing and unreasonable. I would recommend this school for its academics, but we still need to work on the athletic program.
Unprofessional staff, administration and policies...computers are not available for students and for some teachers, no hands-on activities in math and science. The only curriculum is test taking skills. I do not recommend this school for anyone to enroll their child or work at.
My son has been going to UA- coppell since 1st grade. The school is awesome and teachers are doing the best. Talking of communication problem, the parents fail to understand that their is something called volunteer or participating in your kids school. Parents who complaint need to ask themselves how much or how many times they have participated in their kids school. Teachers sure could use some extra help. Teachers have more than 20 kids and parents to deal with that is lot of work.
Coppell campus is excellent. My daughter is in 5th grade but she is studying 6th grade and above curriculam.Every day she is doing some new challanging work.
I would not recommend this school to anyone. My son attends this school and the communication is horrible, the respect to parents is lacking and the CEO and the individual over the PK program are so unprofessional. After reviewing their rank, which is only a 5, my child will not return to UA next year. UA had a Tuesday meeting once a month and that is so unorganized I have yet to learn something. I recommend parents to review the test scores at this school of the past three year before putting your child here. The teachers are great, they work with what they have. Kudos to the teachers for putting up with the directors.
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