Frequently Asked Questions


Is E.A. Young a charter school or a private school?

E.A. Young is an accredited not-for profit, tuition-based private school. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools.

Why a private academy for gifted, talented and high ability students?

All children deserve an education that enables them to fulfill their potential. Yet the brightest minds, the ones most ready and eager to develop their robust intellect, are expected to take care of themselves. As funding for the special needs of low achieving scholars hits the highest level in the history of educational funding, the percentage allocated for the special needs of highly advanced scholars is at its lowest.

Gifted education is vital to healthy communities and to our nation’s future. Inadequate support for gifted education hurts all talented scholars and fails to be rectified by the state and city budgets that are plagued by rising deficits.

Decision-making often depends on individuals’ unspoken assumptions about gifted, talented and high ability children. The continuing crisis in inadequate funding and services for this population is in part because of the myths linked to advanced scholars. The most common examples include that gifted children don’t have learning needs that require special services and that gifted children will be fine on their own.

Each of these held viewpoints is erroneous, yet widespread. They are damaging because if followed, they allow school and funding decision-makers to leave our most advanced scholars to languish, unchallenged and unengaged in the classroom.

Is E.A. Young Academy accredited?

Yes. E.A. Young Academy is an accredited private school as of the 2015-16 academic year.

E.A. Young Academy began the accreditation process through AdvancED in the Fall of 2012. A Readiness Review was conducted in the Spring of 2015 and a recommendation for accreditation candidacy was ratified in April 2015.  Following the final External Review in November of 2015, the Review Team passed on a favorable recommendation for accreditation to the AdvancED Commission for review in January 2016. In late January, the commission approved the recommendation for accreditation, retro-active for the 2015-2016 academic year.

AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.

Do E.A. Young Academy credits transfer to Texas Public Schools?

Since E.A. Young Academy is an accredited private school recognized by The Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC), grades and courses completed at Young Academy are accepted in public schools. The rigorous curriculum and resulting content mastery of the E.A. Young scholar exceeds minimum state requirements.

What is your scholar-teacher ratio?

Our classes average between 11 to 15 scholars per faculty member.

Are your teachers state-certified?

We hire highly qualified, passionate faculty to teach at the Academy, which include state-certified teachers, gifted and talented specialists and subject-area experts.

Are scholars required to take state testing?

No. Scholars do not participate in the annual state-mandated STAAR® examinations. However, scholars participate in MAP® testing. Unlike state minimum standards based assessments, MAP® testing measures true knowledge acquisition and is designed to measure growth over time. MAP® , or the Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child’s academic growth. MAP® assessments are aligned to the Common Core Standards and results become a part of the E.A. Young scholar’s portfolio.

What is UbD?

Understanding by Design (UbD) is a framework for improving student achievement while emphasizing the teacher’s critical role as a designer of student learning. UbD works within the standards-driven curriculum to help teachers clarify learning goals, devise revealing assessments of student understanding, and craft effective and engaging learning activities. Developed by nationally recognized educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Understanding by Design is based on the following key ideas:

• A primary goal of education should be the development and deepening of student understanding.
• Scholars reveal their understanding most effectively when they are provided with complex, authentic opportunities to explain, interpret, apply, shift perspective, empathize and self-assess. When applied to complex tasks, these “six facets” provide a conceptual lens through which teachers can better assess student understanding.
• Effective curriculum development reflects a three-stage design process called “backward design” that delays the planning of classroom activities until goals have been clarified and assessments designed. This process helps to avoid the twin problems of “textbook coverage” and “activity-oriented” teaching, in which no clear priorities and purposes are apparent.
• Student and school performance gains are achieved through regular reviews of results (achievement data and student work) followed by targeted adjustments to curriculum and instruction. Teachers become most effective when they seek feedback from scholars and their peers and use that feedback to adjust approaches to design and teaching.

How do you meet the needs of scholars performing above grade level?

Assessment of content mastery is based on grade level expectations AND individualized scholar learning plans. Individual scholars are moved ahead only after they’ve demonstrated mastery, yet at an accelerated pace.

Are band and/or orchestra opportunities available?

Opportunities to participate in musical ensembles, private lessons and music theory instruction are offered after school on a fee basis subject to scholar interest.

What kind of athletic opportunities are available?

PE/Health Promotion is a part of the school curriculum. Specific team-based athletic programs are offered after school on a fee basis subject to scholar interest.

What are the academy hours?

The school day begins at 8:00 am and concludes at 3:30 pm.

What does your instructional calendar look like?

E.A. Young Academy’s instructional calendar is very similar to that of Keller, Southlake Carroll and Grapevine Colleyville ISDs in terms of breaks.

Are uniforms required?

Yes, school uniforms are required. Don’t worry…they are comfortable!

Does the academy provide transportation?

No. The academy does not provide transportation for scholars, but works with families to coordinate carpooling opportunities.

How are scholars selected for admission to the school?

The admissions identification process includes multiple criteria based on researched behaviors of gifted learners. No cut-off score is used in the admissions process, although E.A. Young Academy seeks to admit gifted, talented, and high ability scholars.

The final decision regarding admission to E.A. Young Academy is determined by the Admissions Committee’s evaluation of several factors:

• Application for Admission
• Parent Assessment and Perspectives
• Teacher Recommendations
• Transcripts and/or Portfolio
• Interview
• Personal Recommendations
• Achievement and Aptitude Testing
• Staff Observations from the child’s two Guest Scholar days

E.A. Young Academy admits scholars of any race, color, creed, sex, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made to scholars at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Should we receive more applications than we have space available, all applicants for each oversubscribed grade level will be entered into a random lottery process to determine admission.


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