We pulled our children out of a private school to send them to JAA. While not perfect, the school is about as good as it gets when it comes to education and culture. With the school almost doubling in size this year, there have been a lot of growing pains. However, the admin have been quick to try to resolve issues.
No there was so much good cop bad cop with these guys it was ridiculous.
Two parents approached me the last day of school to ask if we were coming back when I said no. Their response was I didn't think so, your children were really put through a lot. So maybe thank them for validating our decision?
how can a school which operated on social pressure and arbitrary authority teach respect? Leadership staff when confronted with California teaching statues told me that doesn't apply here. If you do not respect the laws of the land how do you teach respect to anything
Absolutely not if you don't drink their cool aid you will be pushed out. I was literally told this on my initial tour with a dean, "we have ways of making it uncomfortable for students and parents that don't belong"
My Children attended for 2 years. After the first year I wanted to pull my children out but my children really wanted to stay. I could clearly see the affects of poor leadership aggressive conformity tactics and a deep focus on heavy handed discipline.
1) Have you ever heard of a 1st grader being suspended for asking questions? John Adams does this. Mind you these were not inappropriate questions but as staff put it too many questions.
2) When we toured the facility, we were told by staff that John Adams had ways to force out students and parents that were an issue. Mind you this was volunteered in response to my questions about California School laws.
3) I was directly lied to by leadership and when confronted there was an admission but absolutely no apology or even hint they viewed it as wrong
4) The parents of students have and almost religious zealot attitude about the school. I went to two parent meeting and was treated to crying and weeping as parents shared their "extreme joy". At the second parent event a dean spent 30 minutes holding up a Frozen DVD box and proceeded to tell everyone about how evil it was. When he finished I politely asked how was this related to any school issues? I was told to leave the meeting
You will find this school to be full of people who want to create a strong sense of elitism. Most people buy into it. But I want to warn anyone because there is extreme social pressure at this school. As an example we were asked to not turn left when exiting the parking lot, staff began taking photos of people who did turn left and posting it as bad behavior on the schools face book. When my wife posted its not against the law its legal she was treated to a tirade of harsh responses. When I posted boy it looks like we have some internet bullying going on...the post and all associated comments vanished.
Please listen to my post. I wanted this school to be great so badly. I know that I am not alone because I was called by 12 separate individuals to provide consolation and support because they had similar treatment
The root of the problem is the administration. The administration is highly paranoid and possibly even religious discrimination. Something is drastically wrong within the administration, examples: Financial issues, class discipline issues, and teachers constantly being fired. For legal reasons I am hesitant to give names but at least 3 or 4(?) teachers have been fired this year primarily in the middle school and high school. John Adams Academy itself is OK but the middle school and high school are falling to pieces. The administration has not been able to gain control of the classroom discipline issue at all, kids are constantly swearing, speaking of obscene topics during class, and constantly interrupting the teacher. It was a dream school at one point but ever since the new building opened the new kids have been the source of the problem. Not to mention the teachers again, not too long ago a teacher was fired in the high school for not giving enough homework, this school already bombards its students at a massive rate with homework.