School Details

Focus Learning Academy

2524 West Ledbetter Drive, Dallas, TX 75233
(214) 467-7751
2

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-12 902 students 15 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

64%
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79%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
47%
72%
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68%
47%
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72%
44%
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71%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
67%
77%
49%
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75%
67%
67%
77%
39%
39%
73%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
57%
71%
60%
60%
74%
57%
57%
71%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
63%
77%
40%
40%
71%
63%
63%
77%
70%
70%
70%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
86%
84%
57%
57%
77%
86%
86%
84%
45%
45%
75%
26%
26%
63%

TX00194

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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
95%
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75%
75%
89%
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Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2010-2011, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in reading in grades 3 through 9; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in English language arts in grades 10 and 11; in mathematics in grades 3 through 11; in science in grades 5, 8, 10 and 11; and in social studies in grades 8, 10 and 11. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The grade 11 Exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Focus Learning Academy average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
47%
78%
83%
83%
97%
88%
88%
85%
68%
68%
84%
50%
50%
65%
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65%
65%
78%
40%
40%
52%
82%
82%
86%
67%
67%
75%
50%
50%
70%

TX00194

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  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Focus Learning Academy is a charter high school in Dallas. The principal of Focus Learning Academy is Dr. Gaye Lang, who can be contacted at gaye.lang@focusacademy.org. 902 students attend Focus Learning Academy and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Focus Learning Academy students have "limited English proficiency." 87% of the 902 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 82% are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Focus Learning Academy is 15:1. Justin F Kimball High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 92% 92%
Hispanic 8% 8%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 82%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%
Economically disadvantaged 87% 87%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter has attended since 2nd grade and she is now in 6th grade. I think the structure could be a bit more challenging but overall I think it's a good school.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have two kids that attend Focus Learning Academy and Triple A Academy. Our time with the academies have been extremely positive and productive. I have watched my kids develop over the years and I'm very thankful for all the teachers that served mentor and impacted their lives.

  • (11 months ago)

    As a staff member we are always open to discussion with the concerns of our parents and students. Based on some of the previous reviews the following is important information that may have been missed by some parents Uniform assistance is available via our community resource office a Parent Liaison is available to assist parents with concerns the fee (applied toward field trips and other student incentives) for cell phone violations is to discourage use during school hours considering the many technology tools that are available through the school athletics and physical fitness is important for the well-being of our students and to offer extra curricular activities BUT not at the cost of academic achievement. A parent/student handbook is provided to all parents each year. During the 2013-14 school year a Parent/Family Involvement event was held each six-week grading period that including pertinent information for parents and student participation. 2014-15 Pre-K program is fully subsidized! Overall the priorities include providing an education for all students in a safe environment to prepare them to not only receive acceptance into college but to complete college!

  • (1 year ago)

    My concern are the students who after school block's the entry way at the McClure gym the female student are disrespectful and don't carry themselves as young ladies the language they use is terrible. I must say the young men have more respect for themselves and the parents who come to pick up their child. Triple A front desk need to keep better records when you bring a Dr statement back if a student has to leave early for an appointment. We have to remember this is a school and no child is perfect you can't run a school like a prison. The majority of the student at Focus and Triple A parent's cant afford the uniform price so I think there need to be another solution to that. The fee for confiscated items like (cell phones ipad is too high the parent are the one who has to pay that fee charging a fee is not a problem it's the amount I have a problem with 25.00 to get it back. What happen if a parent can't pay that price do you keep the item at the end of the school year?

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a joke. It needs EXPOSURE like prime prep.... Only the Mcclure's and the good Lord knows the truth about Focus Academy. Enough said................

  • (1 year ago)

    Focus learning academies and Triple A is a joke. I don't fault the teachers at all because they are just employees walking in the blind. Anytime a school has almost a complete whole new staff from principles down to cleaning crew that's a red flag especially when it was the teachers decision to look for a job elsewhere. Something isn't r right. My child states that they only tested the first two weeks in school and come home with no home work. This is my childs third year here and I am about to take him out because he is already behind from when I enrolled him three years ago. He has a learning disability however that is suppose to be the primary mission of this school to help those students with learning disabilities to be able to make it in the real world and to make sure they are not left behind. From my evidences only the teachers my son has had doesn't know how to make the instructions different for him to understand therefore his learning gap is increasing. No testing information as far as to what learning level is he on is ever discussed at these meetings. Theparentscan't help the students if they are in the dark as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    My Grand Son attended Focus Academy during his First grade year and I must say that he wasn't taught anything he didn't already knew . They also mailed out the wrong report card at the end of the year and Charged my daughter $15.00 for a copy of the report card they never sent . My daughter decided to this school another chance in which she enrolled her Son (second grader) and her Daughter ( pre k ) She was informed in the beginning of enrollment that Pre K students would go half a day and if you wanted your child to stay the whole day one would have to pay $30.00 a week ..She enrolled her for half a day . On the first day of school the parents were informed that there would be no half day of school for the pre k students due to them not having that many. Here it is approximately 3 weeks into school and the office sent out a letter stating that the pre k will now have to pay $30.00 a week if they wanted to continue to attend Focus academy this year..Mind you they waited til High priced uniforms were purchased ( Example for just 1 skirt for my grand daughter cost $45.00 ) I find this to be very unprofessional non caring about these students (pre-k ) nor Parents .

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has started his new school for the first with Focus and say far so good. Really can't say anything bad about them but it's a very clean school and the staff are so nice and courteous in the morning when pulling up to drop my son for school.

  • (2 years ago)

    All I have to say is my child does not learn. She is in the 1st grade and they have spelling words like it is of the. She learned how to read in Pre K. They need to step it up waaaay up. She will not be attending this school next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    FOCUS Learning Academy is sad. They spend way too much time worrying about making themselves look good by the state. FOCUS cares way more about the athletes and nothing about the actual students. The only students that I'm sure the school is going to help out are the basketball players. I am pulling my child out IMMEDIATELY!

  • (3 years ago)

    The faculty and staff in AAA may seem caring and understanding when the teacher parent conferences come up but when they are with the students they are firm and strict. THIS is good. However every time I directed the teachers with questions regarding my child's grades I never got answers back unless I called them in an upset matter. It is a frustrating situation. TEST AFTER TEST AFTER TEST was the only thing I saw. This institution only concentrates on passing the state exams. No hands in training. Parents and others showing up at the school half naked and all tattoos showing and hanging low pants. My kids don't need to go to school and see that. People cursing and yelling all over the place. And how do you explain to a parent that your 8 years old child is not on campus when you go pick him/her up. Teachers releasing students that are NOT on the list for pick up. No field trips field days awards ceremony no educational standards... I'm not happy.

  • (3 years ago)

    FOCUS Academies has been making a difference in the lives of so many children for over a decade and we strive for excellence. Is it a perfect school? No but it improves each year! We have a high rating as a state charter school and that is due to the diligence of our faculty and staff. I would encourage parents to consider this school as a viable option to the larger district schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm speaking to the parents who have a child with SPECIAL GOALS and the wonder work done at the academies. The challenges I mention are those of LIFES EXPERIENCES!!! Having someone or knowing someone with special GOALS. I believe that in having so the school in mention is more than able to meet the needs of children with SPECIAL GOALS. All else doesn't matter. There is truth in what I say where miracles happen day in and day out. The amazing thing is in my experience is that no matter what THEIR day is like there always ready to assist the students with and without a special need. I believe my son and others have been touched divinely. I mean think about it RABI means " teacher" and what falls under this is blessings. Maybe I shouldn't say these things but I will in fact I have to. Being told he can't he won't give up are all heartfelt. But in the essence of it all they or should I say shoe up and ready to meet the challenge. From my own experience the greater of me went in broken and returns to me daily refreshed with knowledge and we both await another day. In my experience when I was limited the teachers were empowered.I tell you the truth I've not seen anything like it.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a joke. My daughter has'nt learned a thing. They continue to get rid of administrators for no apparent reason and replace them with ineligable people. This school is going nowhere and I am sad to have witnessed the downfall of this once great academy. Don't even think about sending your children hear.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have a student that was in 6th and is now in 7th grade and in comparison to the FOCUS front office staff the Triple A front office staff are very rude and not helpful at all. From what I hear the the receptionist at Triple A is a relative of the CEO go figure. Of course there are the new adminstrators not very helpful not like the principals they had last year they were always available caring and helpful.

  • (3 years ago)

    Focus is a great school to work for and a great school for my children to attend. I love the company of my co-workers and my students that attend my math class. We have the latest technology to use for educational purposes. We are held accountable for every child's educational experience to achieve positive life goals with global impact.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has really excelled at this school. His first year here he was a difficult student and behind developmentally. His teachers were patient communicative and listened to all of my concerns. This year he is a well behaved student and academically on track! This is only made possible from the consistent care of the teachers and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 4th grader was attending another school that didn't meet his needs. I was determine to find a school that met his needs. Focus Learning Academy met his needs and challenged him academically. The administrators are wonderful people that honestly care about the children and parents. My son is now a 8th grader and I'm very happy with his academics.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children came to FOCUS from another private school and a private preschool. My daughters have excelled every year that they have been at focus. My oldest began as a third grader and is now in fourth grade. She has done well academically and socially. She likes the school the extracurricular activities and the teachers and staff of the school. My youngest had to have a period of adjustment but after she learned the expectations as a prekindergarten she has settled in very well. She is enjoying her kindergarten class and teacher. She is excited to be reading and learning new vocabulary. Everyday she comes home with a new discovery or word she learned at school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am happy with the education my son is receiving. He is a new student at Triple A and enjoys being in a middle school environment. The school is offering a world-class educational experience for him.

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