Being a charter school, teachers are able to teach the students on a much fast and advanced pace. Unfortunately, it is run without a good planning and over sight. The person who runs the school makes up rules and policies as she see fit. They are definitely anti parent s participation in the school affairs by making it difficulty for parents to voice their concerns.
I would not recommend this school. Very unprofessional administration(director). Pleasant Principals were let go by this same person. Teachers are not certified. We pulled our son out and put him in another school(private).
Universal Academy is a wonderful school. It offers many things but for elementary. The high school is not well prepared and doesn't have anything at all compared to other high schools. The students are not exactly at pre-a-p statis right now. I know my son has difficulties at school and we put him in more special classes but now he's either the only kid in his class or the class is completely packed.
I gave the principal leadership a 2 because we have no principle. But it's not a 1 because Mrs. Blackmon fills the space of authority. I rated my teachers highly because I like my teachers and I learn alot. I rated the extracurricular activities a 2 because they do have after school acitivtes but only a very very small selection of them. Parental involvement was a 1 because I never see parents except on the only feild trip we have had. Saftey and disipline got a 2, disipline isn't what upsets me. Saftey at school has gotten steadily better.
This school has a revolving door that is turning at mach speed. I have never seen so much turnover at a school. This school does not have computers, so hands on technology is not taught. There are no science labs or equipment. How can you learn Chemistry or Biology without any labs??? This school has 2 drinking fountains for the entire elementary school, and students are not allowed to have a water bottle at their desk. Students are bounced back and forth between Spanish and French as if they were interchangable. Teachers routinely teach subjects in which they are not certified. Most of their secondary teachers who are certified have elementary certification. Many teachers are not certified at all. They claim to be a gifted and talented school, yet this is not reflected in anyway on the students' transcripts. Do your homework before sending your child to this school.
Coming from Asian country we always use to worry about the school system, teaching methods, student & teacher getting in sync. But after one year all of the doubts have gone away. My daughter goes to KG. I am so glad that we selected UA at Flower Mound. Every evening I ask her what she learned in school and her answers amazes me. We like the school discipline and informative sessions between teacher and parents. Thanks a lot Universal Academy.
I can't say enough about the quality of education my child has received. I have another child who will be attending UA next year and I am thrilled that he will be offered the same opportunity to excel as my daughter has. We live in Denton - a good 20 minute drive each way - when we live in walking distance to our DISD school. This is a sacrafice we gladly give in to for the quality of education they are receiving. I admit there is some disorganization within the administrative side of the school - which is why I choose to volunteer and try and help iron out the kinks wherever I can. The teachers are available via cell phone from 7:30 to 4:30 to answer any questions I may have - unheard of in a normal school district. Thank you UA for what you do for my kids.
I am so thankful that my daughter has the chance to attend Universal Academy. At first, I was a little worried bc it was pretty challenging, but she has caught up and is doing a wonderful job in her Kindergarten class! Both of her teachers are very kind and work hard to help the children understand what they are being taught. She is getting a private school education and is so smart! I am so thankful that Universal is giving her the chance to learn so much in kindergaten. Children have a high capability to learn even more advanced curriculum when given the chance, and I know that my child is being challenged in many ways, growing, and learning a lot. Thank you Universal!!
I just cannot say enough nice things about Universal Academy! I am amazed at the staff and parent involvment. It is so great to have your child in a classroom where all the parents care about education just as much as you do! The curriculum is outstanding. I love the philosphy that the kids are sponges and if you expose them to things that they will learn them. Yes, you will need to spend some extra time with your children and on their education but isn't that what helping our kids become successful is all about?
My grandson is a kindergarten student at UA. I am amazed at the education he is receiving and all he has accomplished in 6 short months. He is far ahead of his public school peers in reading, spelling, phonics, math, science etc. It has amazed me. The staff at the school are not only friendly, but also very supportive of each child and seem genuinely happy to be there. I have another grandson who is starting kindergarten next year and we can only hope he gets to go to UA. What a fabulous school and such a blessing that our 2 grandsons can attend this fine school. We hope it stays around for the next 13 years. Thank you UA Staff!!!!!!!
This is our first year at UA but the school has made a big difference in our girls life. It was once a struggle to get to school and it is now what they want to do everyday. The small classes are wonderful, the teachers are wonderful and the way they teach the kids makes every child excel. The PreK program is outstanding! Our family is very glad we discovered this school.
This is our first year at UAFM. We have children in various grade levels. It was our below standard experiences in public school that brought us here. The moral, academic, disciplinary climate at UA exceeds our expectation. Our children have excelled academically in an environment that has given them that opportunity via a challenging curriculum and caring, exceptional teaching staff (in all grade levels). I believe with the anticipated funding that UAFM will receive from private investors/grants, this school will be held in highest esteem as a model for its quality education and for facilitating an environment that produces exceedingly well-behaved, well educated, children (from a multitude of ethnic and religious backgrounds) that exhibit exemplary character. The admnistration goes up and beyond the call of duty to show their care and concern for our children. We couldn't imagine ever returning to anything less. Mrs. & Mrs. Rauch
I am the parent of three students at UA, two of whom are in their third year at this school. If you are interested in a disciplined, yet loving environment that emphasizes academic and personal excellence, this is the school for you. Terms that are rhetoric elsewhere have real meaning here. Students truly are taught and challenged at their own level. There is real diversity in the ethnicity of the student population. Not canned, or spun diversity. Everyone gets along, enjoying the differences and the sameness of others, and honestly respecting each other. I am so thankful to have UA we enjoy the best of all worlds in this charter school. Between my three children, we have experienced a total of 9 years in expensive private school programs, and 4 years in the public schools. UA certainly outshines these other alternatives!
My daughter went to a private Pre-K and learned numerous aspects of life, but since my daughter has been enrolled in Universal Academy, she has excelled beyond belief. I whole-heartedly recommend UA for any age.
Our daughter transferred to UAFM a few weeks into the school year from public school. In the few short weeks she was in the public school she brought home homework one time - she was to identify the letter B and tell me the sound it made. She was not being challenged at all. She is a bright kid who gets bored easily when her mind is not kept busy. LISD was not keeping her busy. For the first time in years we were having problems with her behavior at home and had no clue what to do. Thankfully we got a call from UA saying that a space had opened up. we snatched her up as quickly as possible and moved her to UA the next day. She was nervous and scared but after talking with Ms. Blackmon for a few minutes she was excited and jumped into the classroom activities with both feet. She came home that night with homework and a spelling list. She loves it at UA. We love it at UA.
We are extremely happy with Universal. We send all three of our children to the school. We feel that they are way ahead of their peers that attend flower mound public schools.
As a parent of eight children I have a greater experience with a variety of school types than most. Each child certainly has unique and individual needs that some schools are better equiped to manage. I will summarize my experience with UA by saying that I am most impressed with: 1)the professionalism and intelligence of the administration, 2)the warmth and love that the teachers show the children, 3)the high code of conduct and moral values that is promoted, and 4)the academic values portrayed by the school uniforms. With such a miniscule source of funds compared to the public school system UA has excelled in providing, in my experience, a very high level of well rounded education. My child loves going to UA and has developed such a love of learning as a result of his experiences there. That's probably the most valuable compliment that a school could get.
We transferred our daughter to UA last year with 12 weeks left in the school year. We wondered if we were making a wise choice. After three weeks at UA, we knew me made the right choice. Our daughter has grown tremendously since changing schools. We currently have a child in Kindergarten and in Pre-K also. Our child that is in Pre-K is doing more than our daughter ever did in Kindergarten. The teachers are devoted, educated and love their students. Every school has areas to grow in. I see UA problem-solving and trying to make a difference. We chose Universal Academy. It was the best decision we ever made.
Our son is in 4th and our daughters are in the Pre-K program. We couldn't be happier. Our son was in the inaugural class that attended the Irving campus. He's an advanced student and UAFM allows him to move ahead at his own pace. When we moved into our new neighborhood with the 'exemplary school' we considered moving him. Then we looked at their curriculum - they were 2 years behind where he was at UAFM! Our daughters are learning things in Pre-K that their brother wasn't introduced to until late kindergarten at the neighborhood elementary school. But the girls are learning these things because they want to - they certainly aren't forced. What's the point in having your kids repeat info. but not understand it? That's never the case at UAFM. Thanks to Diane Harris, Janice Blackmon and Leslie Young!
This school has been through more than its fair share of ups and downs and yet it still never ceases to amaze me how much the teachers and administration care about the education of the students. The teachers go way above the call of duty. The kids take pride in their work and their school. You can find fault in anything and some folks are quick to point out the bad instead of focusing on the good, and working together to achieve the goal-the best education possible for our kids. I committed 4 years ago to take advantage of this opportunity for my kids to learn from the best, and I don't intend to change my mind because a few sourpusses say the glass is half empty. I say it's half full! Soar Eagles Soar!
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