At Amana there is a strong emphasis on being a good scholar, but also a good citizen. I love the Expeditionary Learning style, and the sense of community at Amana. My son has already gotten some amazing experiences, such as learning the entire "I Have a Dream" speech and then having the opportunity to recite it at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and he's just in second grade. The curriculum is rigorous, but so worth it!
I am the parent of 2 students at at Amana Academy in Grade 1 and Grade 5. My oldest son previously attended a private school and I am more pleased with the strong dedication of the staff and the administration at Amana than his previous private school.
I have been especially impressed with the continued efforts of his 4th grade teacher from last year who helped with bringing out my son's leadership abilities. He has always been a very strong student academically, but was apprehensive about asserting himself in front of others. His teacher pushed him out of his comfort zone and allowed him to take on the responsibilities of being the leader of several Science groups (such as Forces if Motion) within the classroom which he absolutely loved. She also wrote the most eloquent recommendation for a scholarship for the Lockheed Martin Aviation Camp at Fernbank Science Center for this past summer, which he wonderfully received. Our family has been so grateful for the incredible improvements (academically, socially, assertively, etc.) we have witnessed in or son which had so much to do with the diligence and hard work of such a dedicated teacher.
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.