Comstock's magazine 1117 - November 2017 - Page 94

FOLSOM & EL DORADO HILLS GETTING SCHOOLED John Adams Academy opened its El Dorado Hills campus for the 2017/2018 school year. EL DORADO HILLS WELCOMES NEW CHARTER SCHOOL John Adams Academy, a charter school launched in Roseville in 2011, has arrived in El Dorado Hills, ushered in by the parents of more than 400 students who signed intent-to-enroll forms and attended public hearings to rally for the new campus. In its seventh school year, the academy’s original Roseville student body has grown from 500 to 1,400 pupils with a waiting list of 1,000. Founded by Dr. Dean Forman of Sacra- mento, John Adams Academy’s El Dorado 94 | November 201 7 Hills campus is in its first school year. The team is working on a purchase sale agreement for an existing building off La- trobe Road and Highway 50 to house the campus. This former tech manufactur- ing building will provide nearly 100,000 square feet and accommodate as many students as the Roseville campus. For now, temporary buildings on the prop- erty serve as classrooms. School man- agement hopes to finalize the purchase, complete tenant improvements and move into the new building by the 2018- 19 school year. The El Dorado Hills campus current- ly offers kindergarten through seventh grade, and will grow to 12th grade as cur- rent students proceed to higher grades. Attendance so far this year stands at 225 students, with applications still being accepted. n - Jennifer von Geldern