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John Adams Academy finds home

School will provide students with ‘classical education’
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A local charter school devoted to “restoring America’s heritage” and honoring the Founding Fathers has finally found a home. The John Adams Academy finalized plans April 14 to lease a 51,000-square-foot facility at 1 Sierra Gate Drive in Roseville. Board President Dean Forman and Principal Nathan Rose approved the 10-year agreement. “We are excited to bring to fruition countless hours of work and planning in creating a quality educational experience in Roseville and south Placer County,” Rose said in a press release. He told the Press Tribune the school will open for its inaugural year in August. About 600 students are currently enrolled and the site accommodates 900. The academy will launch as a kindergarten through 10th grade school, and expand to include juniors and seniors in a few years. About five years ago, Forman — formerly on the Roseville Joint Union High School District board of trustees — had the idea to start a charter school. He assembled a board to hash out the school’s vision and purpose. “These are not educators,” Rose said. “These are community members. These are entrepreneurs. These are public servants.” The board wrote a charter school petition, which was unanimously approved by the Loomis Union School District in 2010. As an independent charter school, John Adams Academy is allowed to locate anywhere within Placer County near Loomis, Rose said. The mission of the John Adams Academy is to restore “America’s heritage by developing servant-leaders who are keepers and defenders of the principles of freedom for which our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor,” according to the school’s website. The teachers will focus on providing students with a classical education. “When you look back at how George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson were educated, they didn’t have textbooks or phonic readers,” Rose said. “We’re going to bring back the Socratic method, which public schools lost in the 1950s. But when you look at the great schools — Harvard, Stanford — they never lost the Socratic method.” Instead of attempting the “latest and greatest fads,” the school will bring back the basics. The academy will also employ a strict dress code, and seek mentors from the community to assist students. Rose joined the academy as a volunteer last year and was selected as principal in July 2010. He said he’s relieved to have the lease agreement for the school site finalized. “Getting into a facility was the toughest thing,” Rose said. “It took over a year.” The facility includes three buildings and has space for 34 classrooms, a 5,500-square-foot multipurpose room, a library, two computer labs, administrative offices and an outdoor area for playgrounds. ~ Sena Christian