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.
The teachers implement rigorous curriculums and as a parent have kept me well informed of my children's progress and what they are learning week to week. I've been particularly impressed with the arts program and the dual language teachers who are implementing the single classroom Spanish-English model.
Our kindergarten teacher this year had very high expectations, kept the 19 kids in the classroom well engaged, and provided the parents with weekly newsletters on the key subjects that week. The kids by no means had it easy but advanced five levels over the course of a single year in reading-- in two languages.
Despite the large size, the school is orderly and the children well behaved. You can hear a pin drop in 1000 kid assemblies. If you are looking for a lax school where the kids roam the halls and the children are given free range this school isn't for you.
The school is preparing children to excel in a multicultural and racially diverse world via its embrace of the racially diverse and culturally rich community where all are welcome. The children, especially those in Dual Language, will have a leg up on what it takes to excel in an increasingly global community.
The children at the school are very well behaved and inclusive. The big kids are very kinds to the little kids and the teachers and administration to the extra mile to make this large school feel small. Parents are also welcomed via monthly PTA events and principal coffee hours.