I am a first year teacher at Amana Academy. I have worked as a para-professional in 2 other schools and have worked with my three adult children through their school years.
I have been very impressed with all that administration does to support the teachers and students throughout the year. Continual training has been provided through a mentor program for new teachers, as well as on going professional development for for all teachers. Administration has been helpful in providing feedback, materials, and ideas when needed. And when extra support was called for by struggling students, administration jumped right in teaching support classes before the school day begins. Truly, everyone I have encountered at the school wants to do all they can to help the teachers and students succeed.
For the younger grades (K-3), I would say this school is okay. For the upper grades, not so much. I have seen good teachers discriminated against because the parents had an issue with a teacher's race, gender, or sexual orientation. There has been almost a 65% turn over rate in the faculty and staff within the past 2 years. They claim they have "Expeditionary Learning," but their teachers have not been properly trained on the processes. Administration refuses to follow through with disciplinary actions and test scores and school records have been changed to allow students to pass. Ask any graduate that attends a public high school after leaving Amana and you will know they are not properly prepared for high school. If you want your child to succeed and not be bullied every day at school, find some where else for them to go!
Seeing is believing, so don't pay credence to the Oct 25, 2015 review without visiting the school a taking a tour for yourself - it has been an awesome learning environment for my kids! The school's Expeditionary Learning approach is unique among the great schools of North Fulton, and the school's STEM focus crosses subjects and is not just one class. And, why not teach Arabic as a foreign language? It's only spoken by a half-billion people; and we need more global thinkers. Lastly, don't let the building fool you. Yes, Fulton County should be providing the school more funding for improvements, but many classrooms have windows and I think we are the only school in the area with awesome STEM makers space. The building is in front of Wills Park where my child gets plenty of outdoor time. Seriously, don't listen to one disgruntled review. See for yourself!
This school is located in what appears to be an old, rehabilitated grocery store. There are almost zero windows in the entire building, so there is pretty much no natural light. The car pickup line is located behind the grocery store/school, and takes forever. The students are required to learn Arabic...for some reason. The whole operation seems low budget. Given the outstanding public school options available nearby, you would be doing your child a disservice sending him or her to Amana.
My daughter will be going to the 3rd grade here and my son, joining her at Amana in Kindergarten come August. I have nothing but respect for the culture and zeal for academics that each of the Amana crew members exhibit.
I'm thankful for the spot I was offered for her a year ago, thankful that I enrolled her here, and blessed to watch her get better exposure academically. I'm excited my son will have the same come August 2015.
100% satisfied with the decision to put our children at this school. The county needs to provide this school more funding and stop treating it like a 2nd tier school as compared to traditional public schools. There is no reason for them to not have the same funding.