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.
History and 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. Since his retirement, Advantage Academy has been led by Superintendent Dr. Angela McDonald.