Agape′ Jr. Academy is accepting Special Needs and Arete Scholarships.
Agapé Jr. Academy (AJA) began in the City of Lilburn, GA, with seven students and one principal-teacher on January 7th, 2002. Within a few months we enlisted the services of a second educator, and before the end of the 2002 - 2003 school year, our student enrollment had doubled. The following school year, the school was relocated to a larger facility in Lawrenceville, GA. To meet the spatial needs of a rapidly increasing enrollment, the school was once again relocated in January 2008, to our current location closer to the downtown area of the city of Lawrenceville.
AJA has a proud history of producing accomplished, competent, socially responsible, and well-adjusted 8th-grade graduates whose contributions to local and regional high schools, and to colleges nationwide, are a clear reflection of the high academic and life standards we strive to uphold. It is already evident that the positive contribution our graduates make to the wider community is disproportionate to the size of our institution.
Our current instructional program is divided into a seven-period day and serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Courses are offered in the four core subjects of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The core content is enhanced with high levels of instruction. Connections courses include Fine Arts, Computer Science, and Foreign Languages. Students who fail to meet performance levels on standardized tests are placed in a Title 1 Program offered by the Gwinnett County School System that focuses on remediation in reading and math. They are also provided access to a computer-assisted program, the Success Maker, to speed their development of critical academic skills. This engaging, interactive program helps challenged students to attain an acceptable level of efficiency in order to master the content.
AJA currently has a population of 90 students. Our students typically are drawn from the city of Lawrenceville, and the surrounding or neighboring areas of Snellville, Lithonia, Conyers, Grayson, Loganville, Norcross, and Stone Mountain. A distinct international flair adds a refreshing diversity to our student population. While our students are predominantly African American, many of them, first generation Americans, can trace their ancestral roots to South America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
The challenge of working with our students is heightened by variety in their socio-economic backgrounds. The children of medical doctors and other health professionals, educators, public service workers, corporate employees and managers, and even day laborers, can be found among our student population. We have identified the academic, social, and emotional needs of this varied mix of developing elementary and middle school students, and are constantly adapting our instruction and engagement methods to best meet these needs. Programs that can enhance our stated vision and mission, and that provide enrichment to our students, are implemented on an as-needed basis.
Throughout the life of this institution, we have managed to consistently realize one of our stated goals - a low student-to-teacher ratio that provides opportunity for each child to have individualized instruction. Our instructors are committed to the idea of helping each child develop mastery of critical academic skills. As a matter of policy, parents and guardians are invited to take an active part in the process of their child's development. All students and the adults responsible for them have access to our school's online grade book. Parents and children can, together or separately, keep track of assignments, assess performance, and communicate with teachers through our online grade book. AJA's open-door policy facilitates scheduled visits by parents to the classroom and reinforces our shared value that parents, guardians, and caregivers are an important part of our students' development.