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New Charter School Opens in Roseville

John Adams Academy in Roseville opened Tuesday with 600 students from kindergarten through 10th grade.

Trying to decide what to wear on the first day of school can cause anxiety for some students.

But for the 600 kids who started classes Tuesday at John Adams Academy, a new, K-12 charter school in Roseville, it was easy because the students all wear uniforms -- white or blue polo shirts, and navy or khaki pants, shorts or skirts.

“I didn’t have to spend time looking all through my closet for something to wear,” said academy seventh-grader Ben Silva.

According to the school’s website, the vision of the school’s founder, Dean Forman, and board members is to “provide a learning environment that fosters student-empowered learning and principles of leadership and an understanding of and appreciation for our nation's heritage and the resulting freedoms we possess.” 

Board member Cindi Sherrod said as a charter school, John Adams Academy receives the same amount of funding as any other public school and is required to meet all state standards. The difference between the two types of schools is the method used to reach those standards.

“We want to serve all students at all levels,” Sherrod said. “We are open to anyone who applies. Our teachers are all fully credentialed and our upper grade teachers have single-subject credentials. Our education is steeped in classics and we recognize each child has his or her own special genius. We want to be able to draw that out and allow each student to find their own excellence.”

Sherrod said the school plans to accomplish this goal in the upper grades by using the Socratic method of instruction where teachers ask a series of questions intended to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. 

Seventh-grade teacher Rosemarie Groth said a return to the classics is important.

“Classics are good literature,” Groth said. “This is where students will learn about greatness.”

But it’s not just the teachers and board members who are excited about the school’s opening. Roseville residents Wendi and Ben Brabon, who have two children attending the academy, said the more they heard about the school and its vision the more they were convinced it would be a good fit for their two daughters.

“I did a lot of research about the school,” Wendi Brabon said.  “I’ve been so impressed with all the people I’ve met.”

For Mary Lambeth, sending her high school sons to John Adams Academy is quite a change from the home-school environment they have been receiving.

“I feel very comfortable with this decision for the boys to be here,” Lambeth said. “This is a very safe and gentle environment.”

For more information about John Adams Academy visit www.johnadamsacademy.com or call 916-780-6800.

TheRealBigCouchPotato September 10, 2011 at 04:58 AM
Do they teach creationism or evolution or both?

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