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Universal Academy - Flower Mound1
Posted February 12, 2015
- a parent
If you think academic progress is all you need for your kid to develop,then this school would be the best choice.The GT program is not well designed.The ACE's program is just for minting money.Few parents paid for both semesters,few parents for one and few parents declined to pay.The parent's of GT students are annoyed as they paid for ACE's and have 2 GT classes and 1 ACE's(Ofcourse,not of their choice)on alternate Fridays and still paid $25,GT being funded.The rating of this school is good academically basically because there are many indians.Many indians who stay in irving apartments prefer this school due to not so good public isd and the availability of school bus.The amount of enrollment they are taking every year is going to push the school down the drain.If you are the one who prefer quality vs quantity then pull your kid out after 2nd grade.
Universal Academy has designed the ACE's program to help balance the students academic schedule with their extracurricular activities. The administrations makes every effort to implement the students first choice with the ACE s program, but sometimes that is not always possible. The administration has an open door policy and it's important for the parents to work with the administration in finding the right balance for their students academic achievement at Universal Academy.
My kid love the school.I am so happy with the changes the new principal is making.I am sure the school will reach new heights in near future.The bus service has improved and now there are many new bus routes.With a teacher for a subject the quality of education has improved drastically.The homework has been reduced compared to last year.GT result have been declared and the qualified students have received a letter.The teachers are motivated and Ms Moshier is a true leader.For those who complain,I am pretty sure you will not be happy with any other school if you are not happy with this one.Good job Ms. Moshier.
Universal Academy s change in administrative structure is not unlike any other administrative changes that take place in other academic institutions. UA has met six distinction last academic school year: Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA; Academic Achievement in Mathematics; Academic Achievement in Science; Academic Achievement in Social Studies; Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps; and Postsecondary Readiness. I applaud the new principal in her efforts in achieving this level of excellence.
I agree it sounds good ACES for UA students But imagine this your pay 25$ per semister and sign your kids as per the class they want and then the school switches them around on a weekly rotation . In short u pay for per month and then do not get what you sign up for ! That's the irony. Not to be disrespectful to anyone but it's a shame and a farce .
My child gave the G/T test in June and we are still waiting for the results.Now they have different teachers to teach a subject and a group of 4 classes follow the same pattern.School says that the students of all these 4 classes are at same level.I am shocked since my child is much advanced than the kids in other 3 classes.I am not under estimating any kid and I do believe each kid has his own pace to learn but then why do they claim they have advanced classes for bright kids.My child was in a advance class last year too.If they do not depend on the test results for grouping kids why do they take test at the first place?I loved the school last year but cannot say the same this year.If the same continues I might pull my kid out before the end of the year.
Teachers and students move from one class to another.No organized pattern for the students in the class.It's a mess particularly with the change in school's principal.The school lacks proper communication with parents.School is downgrading for sure.
COMING FROM A TEACHER: I would NEVER send my child here. Unsatisfactory "gym" and "cafeteria," there is no kitchen you must send your child with lunch or have it delivered. Staff members loose children or put them on the wrong bus, and switch the teachers and students around regularly, one day they may have this teacher and take this class and the next day is totally different. Your first grader could end up in a class with fifth graders. Emotionally challenging for the students. School is always is a state of disarray and confusion.
The administration hires the majority of its teachers from alternative teaching certification programs, so most of the teachers at UA Coppell have absolutely no classroom experience; and the administration places many expectations upon teachers that cannot realistically be met with the poor training that new teachers receive (teacher turnover rate over the past several years has been about 50%). At teacher training, the teachers were instructed to lie to parents about this being their first year teaching. The school offers a "Gifted and Talented" program called ACES in which P.E. teachers, fine arts teachers are required to teach subjects to children in which they have no certified expertise. Last year, the administration had teaching aides (who are not certified teachers) teaching kindergarteners for as long as four months. Today, the school moved several Coppell teachers to UA Irving (and for elementary children, it is traumatic to suddenly lose a teacher). Teachers were not supposed to tell their students that they are leaving. Also, I see that the "parents" who are posting glowing reviews of UA use a lot of terms that the administrators have used to market the school.
Universal is unlike any other school in the area!!! Accelerated learning, Gifted and Talented program, Golf, Young Inventors programs and much more. This school received the States highest academic award in both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The school has expanded it's facility and it's student base. Universal Academy has a proven record of academic success and truly focuses on the belief that "All Children are Gifted and Talented". As a parent I know my child is being prepared to achieve Global educational success.