Charter Schools - Irving,TX

Updated on January 13, 2009
S.R. asks from Irving, TX
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Does anyone have the inside scoop on charter schools? Pros/Cons. Would you recommend or not? Specifically, Im looking at Universal Academy in Coppell/Irving area.

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K.D.

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My nephew goes to this school. When he isn't trying to be "cool" and it is just us, he tells me that he likes it there. He of course is comparing it to public school, but he has also done some really cool projects! He once had to do his own video reproduction of a modern day Romeo and Juliet! It was so neat! I was a vendor in a craft fair there a few weeks ago and the kids were great! All happy and helping! No bad attitudes, no risque clothing! Just good hard working kids!

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S.D.

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Hey there....well my 7 yr old goes to a charter school in Little Elm. I love it! When he was in public school last year, there were constant concerns about his behavior and learning. They thought he had sensory issues, ADD and things like that. I had 2 friends that their children went to the Charter school here. I got my son enrolled and he has been doing GREAT ever since. I have had no problems with him this year at all. We thought he was going to have issues with reading and spelling and all, but he has done so awesome..on all of his subjects!!! I highly recommend it!!! Hope this helps!!

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H.S.

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I have heard they are strong on academics for the lower grades - K-2nd, but older grades are lacking. I have also heard they are extremely devoted to the core academics, but the 'extras' are not very strong - art, PE and music...they have no cafeteria, eat in their rooms, etc. I think if you supplement your child with art, PE, music outside class...this school could be pretty good. As you may know, they are in a shopping center and no 'playground', besides the cemented jungle gym on one side of the parking lot...no grassy areas to play soccer, etc...

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S.S.

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Connections Academy is opening up grades 3-8 in Texas through Houston ISD. It's an online public school.

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D.S.

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I guess choosing a charter school over public school would depend on the school district you are in and how old your child is.
If you are in Coppell ISD, then I would definitely use their schools. Irving, not so much (was in Irving schools my entire life, hated it with a passion.)
I probably would not send my kid to Universal in Irving. I would highly reccomend The North Hills School (TNHS) in Irving though, the academics are great, they have small classes and their graduates go on to great colleges. They have been around for about 12 years (they opened when I was in the 4th grade, I went to church with a lady that was on the founding board of the school) and have many extra cirricular activities availible. The facilities are pretty nice as well. All around a great school, I wish I had gone there!!

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J.M.

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Check out greatschools.com for ratings on all schools, public, private, and charter. It lists Universal in Coppell well, but the one in Irving, not so highly. Charter schools can be great, but those that have been in business longer, usually are the best.

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