I teach middle school at Amana. Below, please find my response to Mr. or Ms. April 27, which I hope you will find more useful than April 27's rant: "The Students Are Not Smart"-- Please refer to this year's CRCT scores. They will be available on Fulton County's website soon. You will find us at the top. "The students all have ADD"--Not even close to true, and I am also offended that this medical term would be used as an insult. Everyone learns differently, and we welcome that diversity. "The Students Are Disrespectful"-- They're teenagers, so sometimes this is true. But we use these mistakes as teachable moments and correct our students in a positive way. Major discipline infractions are handled in accordance with our official policies. And no, we're not going to tell you how we disciplined a child that is not yours. "The school is loud at any given moment": Yes, because the students are leading the class and working in groups. They are engaged, involved, and motivated. "The teachers dress and look like bums"--A put-down to those who are homeless, and also untrue. Typical "teacher wear" in MS includes: dress pants, nice blouses, jackets, dresses, skirts, and suits.
In response to the comment from April 27th: The school has more than 500 students, a waitlist, enthusiastic parents, students and teachers, and many of us parents have put their kids into Amana to NOT have a streamlined, one-size-fits-it-all, work sheet drilled student that other schools produce. My husband is a top level recruiter who sees the outcome of various educational models every day, and we feel that Amana with its Expeditionary Learning, which is naturally hands-on, active and also verbal, its unique approach and also its understanding of child and adolescent development serves the kids better than the mainstream educational system. The school prepares students for the challenges of the future in a globalized world better than our local school which supposedly is a "good school", just that it does not challenge the kids to think, question and be creative thinkers. Furthermore, the school actively teaches citizenship and respectful behavior. I wish that comments on this website at least were respectful towards the children and the teachers who work there, even if one doesn't like the educational model of the school.
This school is a big joke. The middle school students are not smart at all. Not to mention, the teachers dress and look like bums. This school gives a big presentation to get you in there and if you are an involved parent, then you will see how horrible the school really is. They don't discipline the horribly behaved children or teach the kids to respect adults. I have never seen anything like this before. If there was a better staff and teachers, then this school could be a good one. Then the lady in the front is doing like 10 jobs at once. This school is loud at any given moment. I just cannot believe that this school is still operating and the ones that like this school cannot possibly be involved parents. This school would be better if they hired some better teachers and got a hold on their horrible kids; most of which seem to have A.D.D or some type of behavoir problem. If you love your children, do not send them to Amana.
I am an Amana middle school student right now and I love my school! I wouldn't trade this school for any other because the teachers really care about us. I know my school is small and other kids complain because they don't think it's cool, but the more I look at other schools the more I know how special it is to be here. It is so great to have separate boy/girl classes and I get to go on so many trips that other kids never take. I wish it went through highschool.
This is a great school because of the wonderful people however it has a very bad education. I took pre-algebra in 7th grade in my old school and when I moved to this school was forced to repeat it because they did not offer Algebra 1. It is also behind in science. I think the education in middle school is very bad. I had a very hard time in the beginning of 9th grade in honor classes because many of the other students had already done the main concepts of the course.This school also did not offer any extra clubs/ competitions however they have recently started some such as Science Olympiad and National History Day. It is not a good school for gifted/talented students as it has a weak education system. -Current high school student ( went to eighth grade in Amana)
This is not a paid comment so Amana Academy is not going to get a 5 stars rating. Very few parents are happy with Amana but majority of them are unhappy and are pulling thier kids out of the school mostly because of academic reasons. Amana means "TRUST" but you cannot trust on school administration , School staff and the board ao i think the name of the school should be changed to Misamana Academy (Mistrust Academy). You will regret if you send your kid to this school. There are better options out there. Research and talk to others before you decide for your kid"s future. This is a sincere advice to save people from getting hurt.
I'm a Amana Middle School Parent. Non- Arabic, all-American. So, I'm not sure what the last comment was about. If you want a serious academic environment, besides the bonus privilege of your child learning such a difficult and different language like Arabic. My child has been there since 5th grade, and we have not regretted once placing him/her there for Middle School years. The separate-gender classrooms in middle school year, yes, is different from regular schools, but that shows that students are there to really focus on learning, and not in mingling, dating, etc. The parent/teacher communication on that school is amazing! All teachers AND faculty knows your child and You by name, and I mean every single one of us.. And you always know what projects, or material they are studying. No matter what race or religion you are. They are very smart teachers and Faculty, and it shows! And the courtesy to deal with parents and students are beyond anything other schools have had it the past for us. We are extremely happy and proud, as is my child, to be part of Amana Academy.
I am a parent of an Amana student and couldn't be more pleased. The school has a wonderful combination of strong leadership, parent involvement, great teachers, and diversity. The facilities could use some improvement (especially the gym area), but that is to be expected for such a fairly new establishment. Amana is very transparent and communicates effectively with parents. Homework is challenging for the appropriate grade levels. I am not aware of any school that has done as much as Amana in its 5 years of establishment.
This school is a gem. It is nothing like other public schools. The teachers pour their heart and soul into making this small school successful and giving every child the best foundation possible. It is like one big family and your child is not just another number. The ethnic and religious diversity of the school is a true reflection of the real world. Having your children exposed to such diversity and the respect all cultures taught at the school is invaluable. I am so happy I found this school for my daughter.
I moved to Fulton County from Cobb five years ago to start my children in Amana Academy the year it opened. I have never once regretted that decision. Amana Academy is a trailblazer of a school. It instituted an Expeditionary Learning model that reminds me of the Montessori school I attended as a child. The children are inculcated with a love of learning based on an exploratory approach that involves their senses and whole beings in the process. The teachers are top notch, the administration is richly qualified and highly skilled. The environment is peaceful and encouraging, and the school radiates the ideals we all wish were prevalent in our society at large. My ONLY complaint about Amana is that they don't have a high school. If they did, you can believe that my children, who were both promoted out of Amana's 8th grade, would be attending there.
This school was very disappointing. It would be 10x better if it weren't for the teachers. The administration has a good take on things, but my daughter and her friends complained A LOT about the teachers. I set up conferences with them and nothing helped. The usual complaints were about discrimination, favoritism, and overall rudeness. The school has a large Arab/Muslim population, so if your child attends, they're likey to become subject to alot favoritism if they aren't Arab or Muslim. My daughter always talked about how they were treated better than the Christians or white/black/other children. She could be over-exaggerating, but shes never been a liar, so i believe her. I took her out of the school.
Amana Academy is an amazing place to send your children. I have three children here.(one in 8th grade, one in 2nd grade, and one in KG) My 8th grader has grown so much since we enrolled her in 5th grade. The teachers are wonderful and they really care about their students' success. She is now a confident speaker and honor roll student. This school is a jewel.
We are so happy that we got a spot in this Expeditionary Learning charter school. We had our son in regular local public kindergarten last year and made the shocking experience that after enjoyable preschool years, he started resenting school, didn't want to go there and never knew what he had learned that day. Worksheets, drills and testing. At Amana, he is thriving, emotionally, academically, and socially. He is very advanced in reading and good in math and gets to work on his level. He is engaged, gets to apply and reflect aout what he learns, sees a point why he is going to school. The field trips are awesome - he recalls every detail from those. We as parents and our son feel that everybody at the school is really nice. We couldn't be happier and are looking forward to sending our daughter there next year.
I am impressed by the administration and board making a consistent effort to reach out to the parents. Most parents and staff are very involved and committed which equals a great learning environment and pleasant atmosphere. This school does require a committment from students and parents, which I feel contributes to it's excellent test scores!
I am a middle school student at amana academy and all I see in this school is achievement. This school has brought from a school of gangs and drugs to a school that helps you under any circumstance. All the students love the teachers and not just because you can actually call them your friends but also because they are there for you. And so I am proud to say that i am an Amana student!
Amana is so awesome i go there and even as a student it rocks forget random district schools this place is fun
I have a high schooler who graduated from Amana last year and she is doing so well...straight As and honors classes. What's even more important to me is how well Amana prepared her for leadership. Many of the other kids in high school seem so concerned about fitting in and following the crowd. I see that Amana kids have stronger character and know how to solve probelms for themselves and I am so grateful she had two years at Amana. She misses the project work and all the field trips...I wish we had an Amana highschool!
I am a middle school student attending Amana Academy. This is my second year, and I do not like it too much. I feel that the teachers have favorites and treat people differently. I do not like the teaching method, although I am in the National Junior Honor Society and excelling. I have friends that go to regular public schools and are learning things that I have not learned yet. I have a friend that just went to high school this year and she had a hard time because some of the things they said you should have learned already but she didn't and was a very good student beforehand. I think Amana Academy would be fine for an elementary school, but save yourself the trouble and send your child to a REGULAR middle school!
I am very pleased with Amana...I love the teaching method used (field studies and field trips)....There is truly a family atomosphere projected and for the most part conveyed....my only gripe is the lack of athletic programs....but i understand the money that is ava. goes toward the academic side....and I'll take that anyday.....there is always rec and parks!!!
This is our second year at Amana and I have three children who love this school. We were at a traditional public school but I was becoming increasingly disappointed with the emphasis being placed on standardized testing beginning in Kindergarten. I see the ELOB method of teaching truly teaching my children learning for life and not simply teaching them to memorize a few facts for a test. I admit the homework and content that they are learning is more difficult but they are learning so much and have learned to appreciate reading and learning more. The parent involvement is also wonderful. Field studies allow the students to learn outside of the classroom and they remember what they learn. A parent mentioned prejudice issues with the school and we have not experienced any issues like that. Amana is a very nurturing learning enviornment for children.
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