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About This School

Peak Advantage is a charter middle school in Dallas. The principal of Peak Advantage is MEYLA HOOKER, who can be contacted at rmcelroy@uplifteducation.org. 294 children attend Peak Advantage and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 2% of the Peak Advantage students have "limited English proficiency." 87% of the 294 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 66% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Peak Advantage is 18:1. Alex W Spence Talented/Gifted Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 93% 91%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 84%
Limited English proficiency 2% 11%
Economically disadvantaged 87% 79%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the best!! Peak has been more than what I have expected. I have read some of the comments other parents have posted and all I have to say is if you and your child cant deal with the discipline here what makes you think the world is any different. Children need correction and guidance and the school is taking the time to do this. Peak has the most understanding and compassionate teachers/staff members that I know. The staff will stay beyond their schedules and really dedicate time to the student's needs. The world is in complete utter confusion what used to be good for students is now ignored and so the world conforms to the wants instead of the needs. We need to support schools like this because they care for the well being of our children and their future. How do you expect our children to overcome the competition and challenges in college if they are not given rigorous work now? We need to support our students and let the challenges face them now and work through it together. Let's not leave them without the tools to handle college and the world. I say all this in love for my children and yours please do what is right for them and their future.

  • (1 year ago)

    Parents beware of this school they will stress your kids to the highest extent. They brainwash the parents and kids to have them believe that they are the best school. They are no better than any other DISD school they have the same problems or even worse problems than any normal public school. Parents your kids are only kids once and they do not deserve a boot camp environment. Supposedly they prepare the students for college but doesn't any high school do that already. The staff are hypocrites and rude to the students and parents. So glad we don't have to deal with their pickiness and over exaggerated discipline.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at Peak for 4 years. I have already taken one of my older children out of this school in the upper campus and I am looking for another option for my younger child. I believe in developing the "whole" child but the rules and discipline measures are unreasonable. We believe in strict discipline at home but this school is just ridiculous at times. Proactive and planned communication is lacking. Office personnel in the primary campus are uninformed and rude. Parents are treated like and talked to like the children. It is difficult for English speaking parents to get involved and most events are scheduled during work hours so working parents cannot participate. Mornings are stressful and the ridiculous measures they take in the name of "responsbility and discipline" make it difficult for the whole family.

  • (2 years ago)

    Because of Peak and a Great Jump Start at Kipp Truth my Granddaughter can not stop achieving greater heights. Thanks Peak

  • (2 years ago)

    unfair directors and teachers!! they kick my son out of this school just because he stand up of bullying he defend his self ..they know my son was right but they have to do what the school policy said..very disappointed of this super super the #1 super strict "school" in the world..

  • (2 years ago)

    Dear "Peak prep is an excellent school for any student. The learning environment is great and so are the teachers. I think that many people's reviews on this site are negative because their children are not able to challenge themselves or they just are jealous of the excellent quality of education. (Peak is a student friendly campus and any action is only for a student to learn and excell). Peak has given and will keep giving wonderful learning experiances. That is why it is the 11th best school in the nation and will only get better and better. Only excellence will do" You need to go back to this school. 1. *so great and so are the teachers. 2. No comma after negative. 3. "e themselves or they just are" either needs a comma a semicolon with the "or" removed or needs to be separated into two sentences. 4. *excel 5. *experiences I can see that you did not attend this school. If you did I will be sure not to allow my child the same fate.

  • (3 years ago)

    Worst School in Dallas. They Think They Are A Good school But Kids Get Kicked out all The Time For Some Of the Dumbest Reasons Ever. There is A lot of Traffic In A Small School & Decisions are Based on What the Teachers Want.

  • (3 years ago)

    Peak prep is an excellent school for any student. The learning environment is great and so are the teachers. I think that many people's reviews on this site are negative because their children are not able to challenge themselves or they just are jealous of the excellent quality of education. (Peak is a student friendly campus and any action is only for a student to learn and excell). Peak has given and will keep giving wonderful learning experiances. That is why it is the 11th best school in the nation and will only get better and better. Only excellence will do!

  • (3 years ago)

    Peak preparatory is an unsuccessful mediocre school. You get detention for 3 hours after and before school for asking a question withot raising your hands. If your uniform is out of order you get detention for 4 hours after school. Since all of them are mexicans if your white they will beat you up.They give you random tests and if you fail then they kick you out of the school.

  • (3 years ago)

    School is obsessed with TAKS and testing. Has not figured out yet that you can't fatten a calf by weighing it. As a result both students and teachers suffer with the lack of creativity allowed in the classroom in teaching and learning. Although demanding students to be accountable and responsible for actions and choices overly concerned with silly rules where a minor uniform infraction results in the same detention time as a classroom disruption. Detention is run much llike a POW or concentration camp (missing are the yellow stars growling dogs and clubbing) where students sit at attention forced to stare straight ahead without moving except for an occasional blink for a minimum of an hour. Surely there is a better use of time. Many teachers are inexperienced and are weak in classroom management. Detention is handed out rather than finding ways to engage students and positive discipline. On the positive side classes are small (compared to DISD) and are single gender. Separating boys and girls at this age has definite advantages. Charter holder Uplift seems to be having growing pains like middle schoolers as they build out their adminstrative layers and add more schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son was at Laureate Prep for a week before I pulled him out and placed him back in his old school. As previous posted have mentioned this school is not interested in talking to parents or increaing their involvement. I had a real problem with not getting my emails answered getting dismissed by the directors when I wanted to speak with them and their closed-door policy (parents are not allowed in the school). This is by no means a negative against the teachers but the school's leadership. I hope they improve their attitude towards parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    peak is so strict . we got to wear silly uniforms and silly shoes. And we have to do summer packets and read books during the summer and we have to attend summer session while we are still supposed to be in our summer vacations. we have to enter very early in the morning and come out really late in the afternoon.we got to go to school really early like 3 or 2 weeks before DISD AND EVERY OTHER district..PARENTS GET YOUR KIDS IN OTHER SCHOOLS NOT LIKE THIS ONE!! I AM A POOR TORTURED STUDENT IN THIS HORRIBLE SCHOOL.

  • (4 years ago)

    Peak Prep is a great school if you're into the college ready strict stressful high expectation school thing. Ask any student there and they'll say the absolutly hate it. I know I do. Instead of helping me they stress me out and make it even harder on us. We're not perfect only human.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the best school ever and all of the staff/teahers are just outstanding individuals. This school should be nationally recgonized for their help to its surrounding community. I myself am a former Peak student and I learned more in the three years there than I ever have. I Love Peak!

  • (5 years ago)

    We transferred from DISD. I have a child in the upper campus and the lower campus. I have to say I am very impressed with not only the level of academics but the fact that the kids are challenged to be responsible and accountable. Likewise Peak instills in them a spirit of excellence and a sense of responsibility and higher ethic. That's something I didn't see in public education. My only complaint is that the school s clerical administration seem to be disorganized and uninformed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at Peak Advantage i do think that the school puts too much pressure on students but in a way it is good I personally think they are preparing us for college because in a college they wont tolerate mediocraty only ecellence over all the school is better than public schools but there might be better schools out there.

  • (6 years ago)

    At this writing Peak Advantage is run like an Alternative School or a reform school. They do have excellent teachers for the most part but the administration is is not fit to lead. Peak Academy (the lower school) is much better. Be very very careful if you are not considered 'at risk' or 'disadvantaged.' They have no interest in serving your child at least at Advantage (upper school). It's a shame because the school could be so great has so much potential but they do not want diversity.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school puts to much pessure on students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Peak Advantage helps children to reach the 'Peak' of their potential. At Peak Advantage kids are pushed to learn more at college prep level. It is a kind and trustworthy learning community. Everyone feels wanted and is accepted by others. There is not any unfair or unkind actions performed by any of the students. Peak Advantage now has a soccer team and a basketball team and will have a football team in the fall.

  • (7 years ago)

    One of the best kept secrets in East Dallas. This school is a charter school and is funded by the state which means that while it is a private school it cost nothing to attend. The principal is very friendly and helpful. The school is new and secured with a high fence. The children are required to wear uniforms. The education standards are very high well above what DISD accomplishes. This is truly a college prep school and it is multicultural. The only are we found it lacked in was sports. They have no programs and PE is lacking.

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