JA Academy creates a learning environment that is highly relevant, authentic and experiential in order to heighten student engagement and ultimately improve academic outcomes. When measured as a comparison between JA Academy students and the performance of their peers within the greater school, early results indicate positive outcomes.


JA Academy students outperformed their school peers on all Georgia Milestones during the 2016-2017 year. It is also encouraging to note that as a whole, the school's results improved year-over-year.


JA Academy students outperformed a district matched comparison of peers on three out of four Georgia Milestone assessments.



Climate is measured through levels of student engagement through attendance and behavior. Over time JA Academy students significantly outpace their school peers in both measures. JA Academy students demonstrate dramatically improved attendance rates and decreased discipline.

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JA Academy fosters a highly engaging and motivational environment to empower students with the knowledge, skills and ambition to navigate their own path to success. The reflections below are a snapshot of the energy and camaraderie that developed among the JA Academy students and teachers.

JA Academy is changing students’ mindsets, they are open to learning. Why? Because they like being a part of something, and they all want better for their futures, even if they are unsure what better means.
— JA Academy Algebra Teacher
The JA Academy program was a benefit to me because it forced me to work harder. In middle school, I was an alright student, but now I’m getting A’s thanks to all the students and teachers here.
— JA Academy Student
This program has brought everyone closer together as a family and as a result everyone has changed, personally and academically. I appreciate everything the staff have done for us students. I am happy and honored to not only be a part of the first graduating class, but to be a part of this wonderful JA Academy family.
— JA Academy Student
JA Academy has brought back the art of teaching. It has brought innovation and creativity back to the profession, and infused a needed dose of self-discovery and reality into the practice of learning. Through interdisciplinary challenges, consistency of high expectations and rigorous curriculum, our students are discovering how their passions can align to their futures, and that is driving them to engage in school.

We [the teachers] are working harder than ever before because the progress we see among our students is addicting.
— JA Academy Social Studies Teacher