Student Reviews of Flint

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

So I've been working on an ongoing project where I collect reviews of Flint from current students to put on our official website. It's been pushed to the back burner, (kind of like most of my ongoing projects!) but I rediscovered the folder when I was cleaning up at the end of Christmas break and I have to share some with y'all right away.
These are a few of my favorites from the high school students - I just asked them to write a review like they would for Yelp, with their honest, anonymous opinion of our school. Although I recognize everyone's handwriting, so they aren't really that anonymous!

"Flint Academy has been a really fun and awesome experience. It taught me many things other than the basics, things like how to be responsible and being good with time management. Everyone welcomed me into the school as if it were a family. I'm so thankful for everyone's support and hospitality."

"Amazing peers, the teachers don't give up easily on their students - they care about their students and make them feel like they're worth more, they seem to genuinely love their students. They could make more money somewhere else but they don't because they want our futures to be our best. They deserve more but they do not expect praise, they expect results from their students."

"I personally take pride in going here. The best thing I've been taught is family. The love between the students and the teachers is historical, and should be proclaimed among the nations. I don't know what kind of person I'd be if I hadn't gone here."

"Flint Academy is the best school I've ever been to! The teachers always help you and always take time out of their day. I was really shy when I first came here but now they broke me out of my shell. They accept me for who I am and no one judges me. I've met everyone and become friends with most of them. I had secret talents that no one knew about. I always was scared to be myself until I met my best friend. She told me I was really good at art and music. Flint is like that big family you will never have. They are always there for you no matter what. I love this school so much."

"Flint Academy is a great school. It's a place to go when you want better for yourself. The teachers are amazing, students are nice. You get your work done well. When you need help there will always be someone there to help you. It may seem a little challenging at the start but you'll get used to it."

"Flint Academy is an interesting school and it has a unique environment. I have enjoyed my several years here due to the friends I've made and the familial atmosphere. Overall it is the best school I've been to."

I can't wait to collect reviews from the grammar school kids! And former students!

Here We Go!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Week One of the 2018-2019 school year is in the books! Because we start after Labor Day our first week is always a short one, but we always pack so much into those first three days. Schedules that we’ve worked on all summer need final adjustments as we get to see our high school students in action, for one thing. If something isn't a good fit there's no sense in suffering through it all year! 

In the grammar school we have math and reading groups each day to help reach each child on their exact level and these take lots of adjusting the first week. Each teacher is getting to know, not just the general level of each child in their small group, but all of their specific deficits and strengths. I am always amazed to see these teachers in action, evaluating and assessing, conferring with each other, our dyslexia team, administration, and parents. They are so doggedly determined to help each child have a truly solid foundation in reading and math, with no gaps or holes in knowledge. During our teacher in-service week we had a dyslexia simulation session which gave these wonderful people even MORE knowledge and insight into what many of their students struggle with each day. This also gave them headaches, pretty much universally! 

Going around the classrooms last week to check that everything was going smoothly with the groups reminded me of how proud I am as an administrator and how grateful I am as a parent!

This year we've been so blessed to add a focused, official music program at Flint! The grammar school students get two music classes a week and the upper school students have music class added into their electives rotation. AND we will have a choir! Practice begins this Thursday, and of course it is open to all the students, 3rd grade through twelfth. Y'all know we like to mix our age ranges up as much as possible!

Art Camp

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Some highlights from our Art Camp! 
The kids made a lot of gorgeous pieces and learned about a really wide range of artists. They worked with clay and acrylic with a visiting artist, visited the Dallas Museum of Art, and showed off their work at our art gallery family night. Followed by a pretty crazy paint war in the playground, because of course we had to have a paint war! 


Zoology Camp

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Zoology Camp! 

Our Flint summer camps are so much fun - we get to spend time with our kiddos and keep working on math and reading skills so nothing gets lost over the summer, but mix it up and do lots of fun projects and activities that we can't do during the school year. This week was a blast! We didn't get to do our outdoor movie night, due to blessed, blessed rain, but we still had a field trip to the Fort Worth Zoo and an amazing visit from the Creature Teacher. She brought a baby lemur and a baby kangaroo, so we were all in heaven!

For camp we split the kids up into three groups, littles, middles, and bigs - or rather, The Heffalumps and Woozles, The Challengers, and Hobby's Hufflepuffs. The Heffalumps and Woozles learned about farm animals for the week. They painted muddy pigs, milked a "cow", made butter, and fed ducks, among other things.

The Challengers studied forest animals all week, making forest dioramas and researching and writing about different woodland creatures. 

Hobby's Hufflepuffs studied rainforest animals, making dioramas as well and having lots of fun with jungle logic puzzles and adventure scenarios.

I am especially happy that we have some amazing people come by every morning to lead our chapel in worship! It sets the tone so nicely for the entire day, and brings us together as a group. 

Now we're busy over the weekend getting all ready for Art Camp next week! 

Class of 2018!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Just look at that group of amazing high school graduates! 
This is the largest graduating class we have ever had at Flint, and so many of these babies kids GROWN ADULT HUMANS have been with us since they were in the grammar school. Or at least for all of their high school years. It is difficult to imagine the school without them, honestly. But we're all proud and excited for them to go off and do new things!

Aaron and I chaperoned their senior trip, so we didn't have to say goodbye quite as soon as everyone else. We all had a week at a beach house together, which gave me the opportunity to contemplate reasons why Flint grads are the best.

  • Even if they've been driving for ten hours and the ferry is closed when we get there and we have to add another hour of drive time and all of the fast food places we pass are closed and it starts raining a monsoon? They don't let it get them down. They sing their little heads off!
  • If you go to an aquarium they will not just skip right to the sting ray petting tank. They will voluntarily sit down for the informational movie about estuaries and then read all of the exhibit signs.
  • They will mattress surf down the stairs AND
  • They will stop mattress surfing down the stairs as soon as you ask them to please not break the beach house or their necks.
  • They will eat anything you cook for them. With much gusto and appreciation.
  • They are always up for a dance-off.
  • They all care about each other, even though that group has a HUGE range of different personalities.
  • They still can't operate a microwave. Okay, I guess this isn't a reason why they're the best, actually, but after DOZENS of microwave mishaps and conversations about things that cannot be microwaved over the years, it was just kind of endearing. Sorry, world. They really ought to know and we have taught them, I promise. They just can't seem to get the hang of it. But they're cute!

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