I used to teach at this school. The whole idea behind the school is great. If your child needs a challenge, it's a great school for them. I feel that the lower grades Prek-3rd are probably the strongest. I think that if the school was more particular about the students they accept, they could really go somewhere with the 'gifted and talented' program. They seem to accept a lot of discipline problems, or kids who are below grade level. This makes it very difficult for the teachers to maintain a learning friendly classroom.
The teachers are great, most of the exceptional teachers are gone. The education (1st through 12th)would be great, if some of the basic fundamentals were not left out. Students who return to public school after attending 1st through 11th at UA struggle. The Pre-K and Kindergarten education at UA is the best of any school. Students who return to public school after Kindergarten at UA have a great foundation. Discipline is awful, if you ever get an opportunity to observe your child's classroom you will see that it is very hard for most students to focus due to the disciplinary issues. Administration is no help in this area, so teachers have to deal the best they can. Ms. Harris is a wonderful educator with a great vision, but due to a lot of 'issues' and 'politics' this vision has not exceeded its fullest potential.
Huge disappointment. Events that are planned are totally chaotic with an apparent lack of organization. The teachers are too concerned with uniforms and whether the child is wearing something from Parker or not (and besides they are ugliest color scheme I have ever seen- gold and navy). The teachers have lost their focus on education. Extracurricular activity list is sparse and uninteresting. The lack of communication to parents is frustrating. I highly suggest not enrolling your child in this school.
Too many empty promises,no organization,no homework,no sports.Parent night meetings is also not organised.i think it's easier to have them done per grade than all at once since some parents have more than one child in the school and miss out alot.Education is very important and kids deserve the best for their own future.In todays world without education and a good foundation you end up no where.The children are young and have the will and energy to learn.i think they can do better than that.start sport and extra curriculum activities,let the children be motivated to wake up and be look forward to a bright and educative day.
Let's just go down the list. The principle does the best she can, Irving sisters tie her hands on $ issues, A lot of parents think that the $'s that we raise at our school goes to the Irving school. There are a few great teachers still there. The Kindergarten teachers are great. Mrs. Ski was wonderful the year we had her. Don't care for my childs teacher this year, a few discipline issues in the class keep her from having a great class. As far as parent involvement Forget it, there are a few that help but it appears the rest think they don't have to, someone else will do it. They promise a whole lot, tell you what you want to hear and then nothing. No our child is not going back. Gave it our best and now we think if our child stays it will only hurt their education.
Administration is extremely poor and inefficient. Parents are never given a clear answer. Absolutely no extracurricular activities and kids are expected to remain in their seats all day except for 1 hr of the day. Not enough time for kids to eat their lunch or snack.
We attended UA 02-05 and didn't go to the Coppell location. I had a 4th grader there in 04-05. When coming to my exemp. lisd school he did poorly for the 1st 6 weeks. Math and reading were lacking from UA. Now he's back on track in 6th. There is a gap in education there. It seems the lower grade classes are better than the upper grades. It's hit or miss with the lower grade teachers though.
My daughter currently attends UA in the 1st grade. The curriculum is definitely more advance and challenging. She spends up to 1 1/2 hours a night on homework on Monday thru Thursday. Students are taught based on abilities (which is good). The play ground is built but not completed. There is no cafeteria despite promises since last year so students must pack their lunches. The students to teacher ratio is high due to cut back in staff (24:1). The administration is still unorganized and make a lot of empty promises. There isn't any extra activities. Communication between teacher/parent is poor with the exception of mandatory meeting once a month. Parents are not informed till the last minute. Good academics but poor in everything else. Also has preschool, Satori Learning Center, curriculum is not age appropriate and very strict in policies. Not a very loving and nurturing environment for 3-4 yr. old.
I moved my 5-year-old son to UA from his public kindergarten in CFBISD because he wasn't being challenged enough. Overall, UA was a good experience for him. The nightly homework taught him discipline. Longtime teacher Ms. Frantz was great, had good control of her kindergarten class and challenged my son. We were disappointed in the uncommunicative principal, who never tried to meet us. A year later, there was still no playground, gym or full cafeteria as promised a long time ago. The drama teacher and nurse are nice. The new classrooms are very small. They need a stage because you couldn't see the performers at the Christmas program. The Parker uniforms are costly but quite durable. The student body is very diverse. The parents are very supportive of this back-to-basics education. The kids had to bring their own lunches every day. I just wish they had a playground.
Communication is poor. You have to know the right questions to ask to get your answer, because information is not offered to you. You can't even get a hardcopy handbook or a facilities tour. Parents are not told of the requirements for the advanced classes. The administration refers you to the website which is never updated. The bus system is terrible because kids are made to wait in hot buses and then mixed in with the older kids with very little supervision. However, the education is far superior to the local schools depending on which teacher you get. The pe coaches are great. The art class is substandard for the lower levels despite what i had previously learned. I am debating whether or not we return due to my frustraion with the administation's lack of communication and guidance. Maybe if they had been educated at universal....
If you are thinking about attending this school, be sure to find out how long they are planning to stay at their current location. This is their fourth location in five years. Continuity is a real problem at this school. I have moved my children to public school, and I realize how much was really missing at UA. They are much happier now.
The school needs a lot of help adminstratively. Hopefully, it will turn around before it is too late.
UAs new campus is awesome. They have a wonderful new building and it is the best thing that could have happened to them to move to Coppell. The campsu administration is great and they are doing a great job of educating our children to the highest standards.
My child is attending Pre-K at the Coppell campus. Everyday I ask her how her day went and she responds in a positive manner. This means a lot to me because the children are the ones that become close to the teachers and staff. Every teacher and staff I speak to are polite and intriguing and the attention thye give all the kids is remarkable. We drive about 50 miles to Universal and the drive is worth it. The school uses a great cirrculm and the staff is supportive.
My son attended prek-1st grade i as a parent loved the school, my son started to dislike it due to a lot of work they were given on a daily basis. So I had to moved him to a public school I realize how behind public schools are, my son loved it, it made him feel secure of him self knowing a little more than the average kid. That I thanks universal for, to me it will always be a great school I just feel bad my son didn't like it.
My oldest has attended K and 1st at UA and I have been very pleased with the quality of his teachers and how much they care about each student. I am hoping that the school will relocate back to the Lewisville/Flower Mound area, but for now we have been pleased enough with the school that I am willing to travel to Coppell.
The kindergarten teacher our child had was wonderful. HER instruction was excellent; however, the school facilities and support were horrible. We only stayed a year. There were many promises of improvement made that never came to pass. Had the physical conditions of the building and the attitudes of the staff been better, we would have considered staying. BUT I am not so certain since most of the good teachers left a while ago.
Constantly in the dark. Less than a month now until new school year, & still don't have building to attend. Communication is poor. Education great in my experience for lower grades, however weak in 4th, & have been advised by other parents 5th is worse. Undecided whether to return!
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