One of my children is flourishing in the dual language program and my second child is preparing to start kindergarten next year. My family is very happy with the excellent staff and wonderful services John Adams Elementary School provides. The teachers are knowledgeable and I feel this school is a hidden gem in the city of Alexandria. Mrs. Lee, the principal brings excellent skill sets to the school. She and the staff are providing a wonderful atmosphere for learning.
Love one of the administrators. The receptionist is friendly. Love LOVE the diversity. That was very important us. That said, most of the families are low income with little education. Most of the office staff is unprofessional. The dual language program is probably the best they have to offer. Most of the teachers in the K-2 dual program have been great with the exception of one. We drive in every day because the bus driver told our son to shut up. parking is a mess.
My biggest concern in preparation for sending my children off to kindergarten was if they would be in the best hands possible-- would the school staff, administration and teachers be enthusiastic about teaching? The reviews on great schools and other online resources had me tentative about this decision but as I learned more about John Adams through visits, conversations with the teacher and principals, as well as parents of current students, the decision was easier than I had prepared myself for. Our son is enrolled in the dual-language program and spends over half his day in Spanish and consistently sings and speaks Spanish at the dinner table (speaks more than us and he is 5!). The new principal, Jill, moved across the country to take the reins at JA and she is determined to make the school the perfect learning environment for the kids who attend from all over the world. We couldn't be happier.