Welcome to John Adams High School!
An approved Douglas County 9th through 12th grade charter school. The school is being designed as a high school that will continue the excellent education received from area charter elementary and middle schools. The goal is to develop a school that will accommodate a large high school student body at full capacity and provide the full range of high school extracurricular activities.
“There are two types of education … One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.” – John Adams
WHAT ARE STUDENT AMBASSADORS?
Our student ambassadors are a group of incoming students who meet twice a month to brainstorm about ideas for school. They have been coming up with some great ideas that will shape JAHS. This group also gives incoming students a chance to get to know each other, easing some of the fears that can come with making the leap into high school. To learn more click here!
To those interested in John Adams High School:
The plans for John Adams High School will not be moving forward for an August 2018 opening.
In the fall of 2016, we were unable to find a location in time for a deadline set by the Douglas County School District. This past winter and spring, the JAHS board of directors spent a lot of time refocusing our efforts and seeking help from experts in charter school development. We had some positive interactions and felt hopeful that we might be able to aim for an August 2018 opening.
We reinvigorated a search for a location, focusing on existing space to lease, because we concluded this was our best chance to open the school from a variety of perspectives.
We exhausted every option that seemed like a possibility, but in the end, none one of them was suitable for what we needed. The real estate market in Douglas County is very tight right now, and we aren’t alone in our struggle. In the last several years, facilities and issues relating to them have become the biggest challenge to charter schools working to open their doors across Colorado.
The real estate market forecast for the next couple of years looks just as tight. At this point, we aren’t sure what the future holds for John Adams. We’ll be exploring our options over the next several months.
We hope someday the season will be right for a stand-alone charter high school in Douglas County. Until then, we wish you the very best in making the decision about where your children will attend high school.
The Board of Directors
John Adams High School
The John Adams High School Board of Directors focused the last few months on what it will take to open the school.
We would like to understand the community’s interest in additional attributes we are considering. We ask that you:
- Complete a seven question survey at this page: JAHS Spring 2017 Survey
- Forward the Survey link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMN3VVY) to friends and family in the south Denver metro area with K-8 students, even if they are unfamiliar with JAHS, so that we can obtain a variety of responses on the survey.
Thank you in advance for completing the survey. Your feedback will help shape the future of JAHS.
The John Adams High School Board of Directors
Dear parents, students, and friends of John Adams High School,
We would like to give you a complete update on the status of JAHS. As many of you know, this fall was a busy and exciting time. We held more than a dozen information meetings and attended events across the south Denver metro area. We met and talked with many parents and students who have shown there is, without a doubt, continued interest in a stand-alone college preparatory charter high school in northern Douglas County. We organized a group of student ambassadors, whose vision and passion has inspired us and helped shape what we hope to deliver. In mid-November the Colorado Department of Education awarded JAHS a three-year, $645,000 grant with distinction. All of this was encouraging and kept us highly motivated!
At the same time, it was a challenging season, in particular the task of finding a location for JAHS. Over the course of several months we explored many location options, including both land and existing buildings. On a few occasions as we progressed through the search, we went through interest, hope, and effort only to see negotiations fall through. There are many factors why this happened, chief among them a robust real estate market. Ultimately, we were unable to secure a location in time to meet the deadlines of the Douglas County School District.
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you John Adams High School will not open in the fall of 2017. For all of us who believe in and support John Adams, this is disappointing. To our student ambassadors and their families, we wish you much success in whatever school you choose for next fall. We would like to remind you that the initial Douglas County Open Enrollment window does not close until Jan 5th and all applications received by DCSD during that time will be considered equally. Please visit their website for more information.
Moving forward, the conditions are favorable for us to forge ahead to a 2018 opening. Because of that, after a brief respite during the holiday season, our plan as a board is to hit the ground running. Clearly, the top priorities remain finding a location and securing the enrollment numbers we will need. We also plan to seek an extension on the grant we were awarded so we will continue to be in a secure financial position. As we start to do all of that in January, we welcome you to help us make the dream of John Adams High School a reality. We cannot do this without your input and involvement so please feel free to email us if you’d like to take on a more active role.
We cannot thank you enough for your support, encouragement, and patience.
Board of Directors
John Adams High School
- Board Meeting 8/11 12:00PM (Conference Call)
JAHS Board Meeting Agenda 20170803
- Board Meeting 8/16 5:00PM (Conference Call)
JAHS Board Meeting Agenda 20170816
- Board Meeting 8/25 12:00PM (Conference Call)
JAHS Board Meeting Agenda 20170825
- Board Meeting 9/8 12:00PM (Conference Call)
JAHS Board Meeting Agenda 20170908
Did you know?
JAHS will provide more college counsellors than most schools in the state.