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Mission and History

About Advantage Academy

Advantage Academy is a non-profit charter school district with 4 campuses throughout North Texas - Dallas, Grand Prairie (PK-8 and 9-12), and  Waxahachie. Since its founding in 1998, Advantage Academy has grown to over 1,200 PK through 12th grade students, a central office administration building, and accompanying Resource Center based in Duncanville, Texas. Advantage Academy employs over 220 faculty and staff who are dedicated to the vision and mission. Advantage Academy's approach is "building champions with a future and a hope" through a focus on character and leadership, social and emotional learning, family engagement, and a faith-friendly environment.

Our Vision: For every student to live with Wisdom, Purpose, and Victory by instilling America’s founding principles of Knowledge, Character, and Leadership.

Our Mission: To prepare each student for the global society by meeting their unique needs - mind, body and spirit - through: A safe, healthy, nurturing and faith-friendly environment; Active and personalized learning; Family and community engagement; Character, servant leadership, and personal responsibility; Truth in American history, civic virtue, and service.

History and Founder

Founder

Allen Beck, the son of migrant farmers, was born in Oklahoma and raised in poverty. Beck attended school in a one-room school house. Throughout his formative years, his mother and several teachers saw the potential in the struggling young man and continued to encourage his learning. This encouragement instilled in him the value and importance of education provided in a caring environment. Dr. Beck graduated as Valedictorian of his Senior class in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Beck has extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private education. He was an essential part in pioneering one of the leading Bible College institutes in the state of Texas, Christ for the Nations International. In addition to his own studies and experience as an educator, he also pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma and did missions work for over 10 years. Dr. Beck has traveled to more than 30 countries and has learned to relate and interact with a diverse range of cultures.

After teaching in public schools and recognizing the outstanding needs of the students, Dr. Beck pledged to find a new way to educate, dedicated to providing students with a purpose and a hope for their future. Dr. Beck’s dream became a reality when he applied for a “public charter school” contract in 1997. After receiving approval through the State of Texas, Dr. Beck opened Eagle Advantage Schools, Inc., in August 1998 with just 60 students. Eagle Advantage was renamed to Advantage Academy in 2008.

Dr. Beck served as Superintendent of Advantage Academy until his retirement in 2013. Advantage Academy then elected Dr. Angela McDonald, who served as superintendent from 2013-2024. 

Dr. Angela McDonald

Dr. McDonald began working at Advantage Academy’s central office during its founding years. She helped to develop the school from a mom and pop school to a multi-campus organization. Dr. McDonald received her bachelor's degree in Education from Oral Roberts University and her master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. In 2019, she graduated with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University where she completed her doctoral research on the topics of character education and family engagement- two of her passions that are integral to the educational approach of Advantage Academy. 

Dr. McDonald led Advantage Academy through years of pivotal growth, both in quantity and quality, until her recent retirement in 2024.

Advantage Academy is now led by Superintendent Mr. David Williams.