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Amana Academy
Established 2005
Type Public Charter School (U.S.)
Executive Director Ehab Jaleel
Location 285 South Main St.
Alpharetta, Georgia
United States
District Fulton County
Grades K-8
Website www.amanaacademy.org
Contact Information Phone: 678-624-0989

Amana Academy is a Fulton County School System K-8 charter school in Alpharetta, Georgia. It provides gender segregated classes, Arabic language instruction, Expeditionary Learning, classroom looping, and an emphasis on environmental education. Amana's name comes from the Arabic word for stewardship.

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Education

Amana is the only public school in the United States to require Arabic instruction for all students. Arabic is taught according to the Georgia EFSL model, which requires students to meet with their Arabic teachers for at least thirty minutes each day. Amana Academy is a Georgia charter school, and as such follows the state curriculum--the Georgia Performance Standards [1]. This includes science, social studies, language arts, and math. Art and Physical Education are also taught.

School uniforms

Amana students are required to wear school uniforms [2].

Awards and Recognition

2005-2006: Amana was awarded the Walton Grant, which is awarded to start-up charter schools on the strength of their charter and leadership team. Amana was named Environmental School of the Year for North Fulton County by the City of Roswell. Kindergarten teaching assistant Samantha Tunick was awarded Environmental Educator of the Year by Roswell. Additionally, Amana won a national recycling contest which was organized by Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Newell Rubbermaid. The students were awarded an animal show by Sea World and a two hundred dollar prize, which was used for field studies and new curriculum. Amana also won recognition from the office of the Governor for high academic achievement in the 2005-2006 school year. This award was based on standardized test scores, student retention and attendance. Amana was one of 269 schools in Georgia recognized and was the only charter school in Fulton County to be included.

2007-2008: Amana was awarded the State Superintendent's Award for achievement in Reading in Grade 7.

2008-2009: Eighth grade math and science teacher Vicky Castro was awarded the "Superhero for Earth" award by the Captain Planet Foundation [3]. Ms. Castro also won the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's [4] Outdoor Classroom Educator of the Year. In 2009, Georgia Governor Sunny Purdue issued a proclamation honoring Amana Academy and other charter schools as part of Charter Schools Week May 3-9.

2009-2010: Amana was awarded the State Superintendent's Award for achievement in Reading in grade 8 (2008-2009 school year), and the State Superintendent's Award for improvement in Social Studies in grade 8 (2008-2009 school year). In the Fall of 2009, Amana Academy participated in the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Bus Tour, which annually selects schools that exemplify best practices in public education. Amana was one of six schools across Georgia selected. The tour included Georgia and national governors, senators, legislators, and state superintendents, as well as other educators and law makers.

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Coordinates: 34°04′05″N 84°18′04″W / 34.068°N 84.301°W / 34.068; -84.301

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