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Vision: It is the Vision of Manara Academy to be “The Pinnacle of Knowledge, Character, Ethics and Community Building.”

Number of Students: 500                                
Grades Served: K-8
Number of Faculty/Staff: 48          
Staff Experience: 66% of the staff and teachers have 4+ years of teaching experience           
Number of School Days: 180 days

Expeditionary Learning School: Manara is the only school in Texas to use EL, offering equal emphasis on intellectual and character development.

How does Manara use Expeditionary Learning (EL)? Through the use of Expeditionary Learning, Manara inspires the motivation of our students to learn, engages the teachers, takes students to new levels of focus and effort and transforms our students, parents and teachers to become leaders of their own thinking. Our teachers provide a model that challenges student at all skill levels with high level tasks and active roles in the classroom.

High School-Preparatory Program: for all students in Kindergarten through 8 through the use of Expeditionary Learning

Charter School: Autonomy of a Private School with the Accountability of a Public School

Tuition: free tuition to all students admitted by lottery

Foreign Language: One of the only charter schools to provide foreign language instruction to all students beginning in Kindergarten.  Manara currently offers:  Arabic and French

Extended School Day: 8:00 am – 6:30 pm


  • Full academic day: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • After-School Activities: 3:45 – 4:45 pm
  • After-School Program: 3:30 – 3:30 pm


Average Class Size:

  • Kindergarten: 1:18
  • First Grade: 1:20
  • Second-Third Grade: 1:22
  • Fourth-5th Grade: 1:23
  • Sixth-Seventh Grade: 1:20
  • Eighth Grade: 1:10

After-School Activities: Basketball, Building Club, Chess, Choir, Community Service, Dance, Karate, School Ambassador’s Program, Spelling Bee, Soccer

Facilities: playground, soccer field, two gymnasiums, dining hall in middle school

Daily Attendance: 97% average

Parent Engagement: Parents are asked to contribute a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer service to Manara Academy.  This can be completed through participation in field studies, helping out in classroom, working activities, PTO, etc.

Home Languages: our school community has twenty-three home languages spoken on campus



  • 30% White
  • 30% Black/African-American
  • 35% Asian
  • 5% Other


Title I School: 54% qualify for free or reduced lunch

ESL: 36% qualify for ESL servicing

Neighborhood: students accepted from 19 districts in North Texas


  • Arlington ISD
  • Carroll ISD
  • Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Coppell ISD
  • Dallas ISD
  • Denton ISD
  • DeSoto ISD
  • Fort Worth ISD
  • Frisco ISD
  • Grand Prairie ISD
  • Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
  • Irving ISD
  • Kennedale ISD
  • Lewisville ISD
  • Mansfield ISD
  • Northwest ISD
  • Plano ISD

Financial Health: Superior Rating According to Charter First School Rating



Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:22