My child is in the IB magnet program. We took a bit of a risk choosing JMA over a highly rated CMS school much closer to home. He is now finishing his second year at JMA and we couldn't be happier. The school is diverse, cultivates a sense of positive community, and offers a top-notch IB curriculum with excellent teachers. Comparing my child's middle school experience at JMA to his older sibling's experience at a well-regarded private school in the area, I can confirm that JMA does a much better job with community. My child has never experienced bullying or teasing, which is quite remarkable given that middle school can be tough that way. We particularly appreciate the orchestra program, the Future Cities team, History Club, and the Beta Club. My child is learning in a diverse school. He enjoys his classes and his classmates. Added bonus: In fall 2017 JMA moves to its brand new building across the street from the current school.
My child has had a great experience at this school. It is academically challenging and the arts programs are strong as well. The orchestra teacher, Mr. Taperek, is wonderful. He is very dedicated to the kids. Several students made it into the all-county orchestra this year and a few of them made it into the Western Regional orchestra. We are very excited about being in the new school building next year!
Congratulations JMA on hosting your International Fair! The campus was crowded with students, parents, and the community. All enjoyed how your team went "over the top" to make this a great event. We enjoyed learning about other cultures, sampling foods, watching dances, and playing games. We definitely left with having more respect for others and compassion for diversity among all.
I like the IB program in this school and the focus on differentiated learning for kids. I am impressed with the depth of subjects covered using projects. My son is also utilizing the science olympiad programs to learn out of curriculum subjects and to apply his creativity in building working models. The science olympiad events at the regional and state levels are great experiences.
Mrs. Richardson is rude and arrogant. She doesn't know her students and no matter how you visit, she doesn't know the parents. She doesn't know what is going on in her school or her classrooms. These teachers doesn't want to be there, they only want a job and a paycheck. I can email teachers about my child and won't get a reply for days! I have never experienced this in my life!