We are new to the school and Amana provides us what we are looking for. Strong teachers who know how to get the best out of the kids. They push them to succeed and challenge them to work hard. This is Alpharetta's little hidden gem.
I attended Amana Academy as a 6th grader when it first opened in 2006. I graduated as a 8th grader in 2008 with the first graduating class! Because I absolutely loved the Amana environment, I attended a charter high school. Because Amana challenged and prepared me, I was ready to take on college during my senior year by being enrolled in the Dual Enrollment Program at GA Perimeter College. After my senior/freshmen year, I attended GA State University in which I am currently a senior studying Communication with a minor in Psychology and Sociology! During this time, I decided to work to gain professionalism & to be able to pay for my Master's. When I thought of where I wanted to work, Amana Academy instantly came to mind. I sent in my resume, was interviewed, and then hired as the full time Paraprofessional for Kindergarten! Three weeks into working at Amana Academy, I am truly amazed at how much Amana has grown (300 students to 750) and how it continues to strive for what's best for everyone. I am truly blessed to have been part of this community and to finally be back in it.
My kids have been at this school for 5 years and we have been very happy. The small classrooms. The EL program is great! All staff and teachers knowing my children by name has been welcoming and personal ! My son needed extra help in reading and they quickly made arrangements to help him. One of the parents commented about the preference in school because of religion....We are Jewish and WE NEVER have been treated unfairly, in fact, we felt more welcomed at Amana than our old school up north! Thank you.
My child attended this school two years ago and I voluntarily moved him to my neighborhood schools. Things I liked: lots of diversity. The annual International day event is very nice and lots of different cultures are represented. Things I didn't like: my son started in kindergarten and it was his teacher's 1st year teaching. She had little support and her inexperience hurt my child in the end - emotionally and academically. This was and continues to be a common theme at this school. His experience the following year was the same. This school struggles with wanting to compete academically with the public schools nearby, but with much fewer resources and talent. The kids pay a heavy price in the end. One final note, I know this isn't a popular comment, but there is a significant cultural bias at the school in favor of some of the kids who share common religious beliefs. This Was my experience at the time. My child's experience since leaving has been a 360 both academically and emotionally! We haven't experienced any of the challenges we faced while at Amana. It's confirmed that environment plays a key role in your child's success.
I have truly enjoyed the past three years at Amana. My daughter has developed so well and staff has been amazing. Keep up the great work.
I have three kids in this school and they all love it. My priority is safe and friendly environment where kids can gain confidence and Amana is so far the best school in providing this opportunity. Staff is very supportive and the best thing about Amana is that we parents are crew not passengers.
I am a parent of a middle school child at Amana and couldn't be happier with the quality of education and the environment. I applaud the faculty and administration for the amazing work they do and feel so lucky to have this school as an option for my child.
I am currently an eighth grader at Amana, and I have been there since fifth grade. I was, I admit, skeptical of the school beforehand, because of the uniform. Four years later, however, I realize how much easier the uniform is on everyone. It cuts down on bullying and makes the mornings much easier. Also, I have never personally had any accounts of bullying at Amana. I have seen very few disputes between my classmates, and they were addressed immediately and cleared up. The staffing of the school is definitely above the bar. I have been very fortunate in my past education. That being said, Amana has been successful in specifically addressing a student's needs one on one, where my previous schools have failed. Teachers strive to help and aid their students in any way they can. Something else I would like to point out, that other reviews seem to be lacking, is Community Circle. Before coming to Amana, I was very shy. After a year or two of doing community circle, I expressed myself more effectively. (Just a side note: Some of the reviews written by 'parents' do not sound like they are written by adults. The grammar mistakes and general rudeness do not sound mature and adult-like)
The school has remedied the skirt uniform issue and now allows both knee length and ankle length skirts. A step in the right direction.
Amana is an excellent school. I think involved parents will naturally have a better experience. When I go to the school to visit I find that there is always something new going on. I won't say its a perfect school, for example I don't like the front desk telling teachers you are on your way to their class and no that doesn't happen everywhere. I also don't think parent input is taken into accout at all times. The uniforms are nice but we need more vendors, especially for the jackets. The school buses really need monitors since k-8 share a bus, and there needs to be a better grasp on bullying. For an overall I think academically Amana is amazing. We just have small things to work on.
The idea behind expeditionary learning is wonderful, however this school has a really long way to go. The administration tries hard to please parents above anything else and will often let behavior concerns off with a warning. Communication and organization left much to be desired. I would not send my kids to this school, nor would I want to work on the staff at this school. There is something to be said about a school that lets more than 30% of their staff go at the end of the year either due to non-renewal or resignation.
I've attended this school and frankly I loved it. The whole atmosphere of the school is heart warming and if I had a kid they would more than likely end up going to Amana
I am proud of our students and our school; and it is disheartening when someone who transferred their child mid-year and spent only 2-weeks at Amana could write a nasty and unjust review like the one posted on January 25, 2013. Our most recent parent survey through AdvancEd tells a different story. Overwhelmingly, parents are very positive on the school. Go Amana Eagles!
We relocated to the area and chose this school based on the excellent school tour we were given. We were really excited about the curriculum and the focus on leadership, character, and respect. BIG disappointment. HUGE disappointment. The middle school behavior problems are out of control. Students name calling, using profanity in the classroom, disrespecting the teachers, talking during tests and quizzes. The teacher probably has no parent support from these particular parents and no admin support, which I believe is the problem. When I brought my concerns to the Middle School principal she said she wasn't aware of the problems and would make some inquiries. Then never got back to me although she said she would call me the following day. Other parents I spoke to said they could write a book, it has been ongoing and nothing is going to change. My advice, realize kids are possibly attending the charter school because they have had problems in the district school. Also, the charter school wants to keep their enrollment up as to avoid losing their charter so they are not enforcing the student handbook rules. Unbelievable. Terrible school.
This is my son's first year at Amana Academy. I really wish I had known about Amana some years ago. While my son got a pretty good education from his elementary school, I feel like he missed out on that "special something" that Amana offers. I love the cultural diversity and my son has excelled in Arabic. His teachers are fresh, innovative and eager to address the needs of the students. I get constant feedback on my son's progress. I also have had very pleasant experiences with the staff and other parents while volunteering at the school. I am looking forward to what the next few years will bring.
Amana is a very special place. My oldest son started in 5th and graduated last year. He is now at FSA High, and though very different from Amana, he says he feels close to Amana still because many of his friends attend high school with him now. (How's that as praise from a kid who just left middle school?) The teachers are top-tier--many have PhD's. Diversity is welcome. My blond, green-eyed child stood out! He never once felt out of place, though. And the academics are rigorous but approached in such a way that learning is joyful. I'm so grateful for what Amana did for our family and my son's academic experience, which before 5th grade had been spotty.
All of these 5 star reviews sound like they are written by the same person
Amana Academy was just named Georgia'a 2011 Charter School of the Year by the Coca-Cola Foundation. Yay Amana!
I moved from public school in 7th grade to Amana for 8th grade last year and I can not tell you how SNOTTY i was ! i didnt even realize it! i disproved of the school's "poorness" (just because they didnt have brand new things) and the dedication of the teachers. i was used to a public environment with cliques drugs lies and the such. but here, i learned to bond with the other students so well and we all became friends! at the end of the year, every student literally could not stop saying how the place was like a second home to us. it was such a deep environment, so free, so happy, so ...PURE that it was just beautiful! it was almost like a miniature heaven. the education was fabulous, we had fun everyday learning and that part surprised me the most. that i could laugh and joke while doing math! it was just too amazing to be true because amana taught me and the others not to be plastic. it taught us that we can be who we are and we don't have to worry about what others think. we even had some cheesy heart to hearts in class with the teacher where we'd talk about stuff while doing work and the teacher would hear it and explain it instead of telling us to be quiet. i love this school!
I have a son who graduated from Amana and a current student there. The graduate started in 7th grade. He was immediately welcomed by staff and students alike. He never felt like an outside, as new students do in many traditional schools. My youngest has been here since kindergarten. He loves the diverse nationalities of his friends. He is always learning something new about their cultures. The Environmental Ed program is excellent. He is always coming home with a new "green" tip he has learned, and loves being a friend of the planet. In PE/Health, he has learned to make healthy food choices, and even tells me when something I serve is unhealthy. If you are looking for a small school environment, where you and your child will be known by all as a person, not just a number, where they get a holistic education in a culturally diverse environment, look no further than Amana! The first day of school this year he came home and said, "Mommy, I love my school!" That speaks volumes.
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