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K-12
Public charter
Irving, TX
Students enrolled: 495
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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8201 Tristar Drive
Irving, TX 75063

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(972) 304-1155
(972) 304-1150
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October 21, 2014
My daughter attends the manara middle school and comes crying to me everyday. The teachers are mean and blame the students for things they didn't do and they don't back up their argument. My daughter is failing math and science because she says everytime she asks a question the teachers get mad and don't want to explain themselves again. The teachers are mean and a lot of the students cause trouble and everyone gets in trouble for it. It is a very small campus and my daughter says she feels like she's still in elementary school. They can't even pick their classes and there are no electives. I will consider taking my daughter out of the school this year.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Manara Academy is best place for kids, to build strong personality and hard working child of your, send him/her to ManaraAcademy

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
Manara Academy Public Charter School is the best decision we have made for our children in their educational career. We started them in August of this school year. We have read all ot the reviews and I dont think some of the parents appreciate what their children are receiving here at Manara or they have truly never been to a traditional public school. My children are so excited to go to school everyday because they use a hands on learning approach, the classes are small, and the teachers seem to care a great deal. Communication is good between the teachers with the parents and their websites are fantastic. You wont find hands on learning in collaborative groups or Foreign Languages being taught in K-8 in any traditional public school. The Superintendent seems to always be present, available and responsive to needs.. The feeling is that he is steering the school with an academic focus. The staff is young in some areas, but each year they gather another year of experience. This school is going to continue to thrive and get better each year.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
very cool school i go heheh that rimes! very beter then isi everyone come to manara manara for the win no isi yay

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2014
Manara is a horrible school with a mean principal and rude teachers. The children pick up so many bad manners and bad words on the bus that takes the kids to the school and no one says or does anything about it. The hype about the expeditionary learning is just hype. I am only going to allow my children to finish this school year because they don't want to leave their friends. Next year we will find a new school.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2013
This is first year of my kids at Marana academy and this is indeed one of a kind school .when it comes to teaching my kids have improved so much in their reading and writing skills.The homeworks is elaborate and helps kids alot to reinforce the concepts. The staff both administrative and teachers have amazing passion to deliver their knowledge and a positive professional opproach to handle situations and on top of that a compassionate heart which is rear in other schools. In this school they focus on community and character building based on hand on projects like those amazing field studies and SLC(student lead conferences) and much more that help students to boost their confidence at remarkable levels. Yes there is still room for improvement but I see this school going to a positive direction each and every day:) and my kids love it too much.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
This is my child's second year at Manara Academy, I not going to enroll at this school next year. I love the homeroom teacher she is very encouraging and hands on, I'm having issues with the other teachers. One in particular I think have an issue with my child, she is very unprofessional and picks on her students. The school has potential but it needs a lot of work. I personally know few parents who removed their kids after few years at this school, I do understand the reasons now.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
So we're new to Manara and I just wanted to share some things that I feel new parents should know..that I wish we would've been told. For starters, lunches are preordered. If your child is eating school lunch, make sure the order is placed before the school year begins. Yes, the school has a bus service..however, there's a montly charge as well as an annual fee. You can expect dozens of daily emails, lots of fundraisers. The dress code is not strictly enforced so don't invest in too many of those special monogrammed shirts. The kids are given dress down days per a donation. If you're unfamiliar with charter schools, know that they have some non-school days that differ from other schools. Check the calendar so you'll be prepared. And lastly, the field studies that are such a HUGE part of the curriculum are costing 120.00..THIS year. Multiple that by the number of students in whatever grade your child is in and it makes you wonder. I agree with their principles and want to believe in their ability to deliver on these principles. However, we haven't seen anything that would make us return next year. Theres nothing that a non-charter public school couldnt offer US and minus the cost

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
I TOTALLY disagree from a parent who wrote that she is not coming next year because she was not aware of certain things. If you see other charters school you will know That there are fee for the lunches and school Buses too. I suggest you to be a part of a PTO or volunteer and go to the field studies to get a clear Vision and see what MANARA is doing for our Kids.The Principle and the teachers really work hard to provide better education and environment. It is not too late dear parent you can send your kid to different school to save $120. I am amazed when I see my kid growing by Learning so many great things. Good day!!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Manara is an Expeditionary Learning school, focused on teaching children through problem solving and community service. They work on projects which they then must present in public meetings, so the children develop a sense of pride in their work and confidence in public speaking. My child went to Las Colinas Elementary for three years prior to transferring to Manara. My experience is that Manara's teaching method is superior to LCE and the teachers are far more concerned with helping my child to achieve. It is a public school, so there is no tuition. Smaller class sizes. A world-class French and one of a kind Arabic program cap this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2013
I have had very bad experience in this school with my two kids. Many parents are removing their kids from this school. Most of them are trying it for a year. The administration lacks professional behavior. Some teachers are not well trained and so unable to deliver good education to students. Very rude to the parents. If you want your kid to be in a good school you wouldn't consider this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
Overall I'm satisfied with academic part of the school for the most part. The school staff and teachers, not so much. They are fake and not so much of a welcoming environment overall. I've been to other elementary schools to know the difference. My child's teacher is not what I would want in a teacher. She is not personable or friendly to be a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2013
innovative school, family enviroment, project based teaching methodology, strong forighn language program, single gender classes in the middle school, character and community building emphasis

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Manara Academy is one of the best schools around. I am a proud parent who has 2 children that attend this school. The teachers and staff are top notch and teach in a way that allows the children to think and learn. The Principal is one of the best educators that I have met. You can see her true passion and love for education by watching her interact with the students, parents and teachers. She is extremely approachable about any topic and responds quickly to any inquiries. I am honored to send my children to this great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
I believe as a grandparent that this is a wonderful school. They have the best teaching staff I have ever encountered. Exceptional teaching methods. I believe any child who has a chance to attend this school would be blessed.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2012
Manara acdemy is a very bad school the principal is very unprofessional and abuses her power.the teachers yell at the students and treat the students with no respect IF you are sending your kide there don't

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
My daughter attends Manara and is just finishing up KG. She loves her school and especially her teacher. The field studies are great and interactive and make the students feel like little explorers who are discovering new things for themselves. I have heard the lunches arent great(my daughter asked to try them a few times), but parents need to accept responsibility for taking 5 minutes to pack a nutritious and tasty lunch for their kids instead of throwing $3 at the school and expecting them to produce a miracle on less than the price of a happy meal. You know it has to come from an outside catering company, so what do you expect? Anyway, I have been very impressed with the staff, the latitude the teachers have to be innovative in their own style, and the focus on living a healthy lifestyle, which is very important to our family. The language programs sealed the deal for us! Thanks Manara.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Me and my kids love this school.teachers are very nice and hard working. My kids used to go to public school they didn't like the school but now they are very happy,they love manara academy.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
Very unprofessional principal. Principal yells at students. Administrative staffs argue with parents just to show their power.Very unprofessional attitudes. Students are treated badly. Needs new administration to prosper. New Principle would be the best way to restart.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
My son is goes to MANARA ACADEMY,He is very lucky,I love Manara academy,Teachers & Stuff,really helpful

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
I have 2 sons and a daughter going to this school. Everyday, all three of them complain about the school. They say the lunch is terrible and the teachers use profanity them. I don't suggest anyone one going to this school

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
great teaching skills great teachers,it has great organisation. my kids love this school,they love their teachers. principal is very nice they respond to the parents and interact with parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
This is our second year at Manara, and I am proud to say that we were there from the start! I am extremely pleased with the staff, administrators and most of all, the teachers. You can really tell that they care about the students and have a vested interest in their success! The small enviroment really lends to the sense of community. I am heavily involved in the PTO, and my only gripe about Manara would be that more parents get involved and support this amazing school, rather than relying on the handful of dedicated volunteers that are spread thin supporting the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
This is our second year at Manara Acadmey. I have 2nd and 6th grade boys attending the school. Overall, very pleased with the nurturing and caring environment at the school and the level of educational instruction. It is a small school environment that fosters a sense of community. They offer french or arabic as part of the school curriculum. They have strong quality and caring teachers that go above and beyond to make children really love the school. I am an active parent volunteer at the school and have seen first hand the quality of learning and nurturing from the administration/staff/teacher and board of directors.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
I love the fact that field trips are called "field studies" students will enjoy the day out but will also be involved in the learning part of it, parents who chaperon learn a lot too!

- submitted by a parent
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Manara Academy is a public charter school located in Coppell, Texas. We are the first school in the state of Texas to offer Expeditionary Learning. We currently accept students from Coppell ISD, Irving ISD, Lewisville ISD, Dallas ISD, Arlington ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. For the 2010-2011 school year, we currently have Kindergarten through 6th grade and will be adding 7th grade for the 2011-2012 school year and 8th grade for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Manara Academy
8201 Tristar Drive, Irving, TX  75063
(972) 304-1155
Last modified Manara Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Manara Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top