About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Universal Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Universal Academy had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Texas average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Universal Academy Reviews
My daughters have attended UA for a few years now. After attending other schools in DISD, I realized they were behind based on my expectations. They were not able to complete an assignment on their own, or even read; this baffled me greatly. This turned around before their first year at UA was complete. Yes UA is very strict, but with cause. Discipline is and should be a part of both life and education. The teachers care about the kids and expect greatness! They will be in uniform, they will respect, and they will understand learning is the reason they are there. This is not a negative when you see the results. When the kids are able to comprehend and retain what they are learning, and enjoy learning...having to pay for a movie day is not that important to me. Most schools have fund raising activities, some mandatory-with that paying for popcorn, a free dress day, or crazy sock day is a not worth mention. By the way the kids LOVE IT!
The discipline, the sports programs, the mandatory parent meetings, the teachers, and yes Ms. Blackmon---it's worth my daily drive across the city! A++++
This is a great school. The last parent who stated it was awful has a horrible opinion about everything . Universal believes that every student has the ability to acheive anything but first discipline is a main factor in success! A child who can sit in class with their mouth closed can contain more details of that information than a child who sits and disrepects a teacher while teaching a lesson. Therefore , me ,myself can relate to this as a student at Universal because i know what the teachers are there for and its to do their job and teach us as students! For you to say they do it for the money is file ask yourself, would any teacher in a public school give your child at least 5 days to make up an assignment that was do 3 days ago? Only Universal would do that to help your child but as the years pass its up to your child to take care of their paper work because at the end of the day respect and responcibilty all come into play !
This school is awful. Please do not send your children here. They treat the students horribly, and the staff even worse. The administration does not look out for its staff, they just want to make money. The kids have to pay for EVERYTHING (even to participate in a movie day). If they cannot bring the money, they have to stay behind. It's not fair to the kids. They verbally abuse the kids instead of using positive discipline measures. I would NEVER send my children here.
I think Universal Academy has a great educational program and great teachers. Who show concern for the students. and work with the students to acheive a good educational background. I have attended this school since 7th grade and is now in my senior year. Special Thanks to Mr. G. Barnes who has really helped me in Math. and Mrs. Devaull who helped me in History.
After take the universal academy boys and girls basketball team on field trip in January 2009. It dicusion easy for me when bring look for a good to send my two sons to. We cant wait to start 2010-2011 with you all.