The Class of 2011: LJA's first graduating class of 8th graders

The Class of 2011: LJA's first graduating class of 8th graders

Quotes from Alum

"As I look back over my years at LJA, I realized that I have something that other girls have not had the chance to receive. I know what it means to be a girl in the world. I know my place as a strong woman and I don’t let anyone tell me different. I look around a I see girls who don’t really understand what it means to be a girl.

When people ask me what I learned at LJA, I tell them all the swag stuff we learned. I told a group of girls all about how we learned about how fairy tales do not represent women as they should. To my surprise, one girl asked what was wrong with fairy tales. I told her all about how the Little Mermaid changed herself for a man and how Snow White fell in love with a man she just met. She replied, “Oh yeah, I guess”. Cray Cray right?!?!?!? But then it hit me, she didn't have amazing LASS teachers to teach her these things. She probably didn't get to have an engineering class, or a gym class that taught her about how its okay to do sports. She didn't have an art teacher that let her spray paint the walls or a group of girls that believed in her as much as I got to have.

I really wish I could tell every girl at my school about what it means to be a girl and how they can be engineers and doctors and scientists or anything else they set their heart to. These girls didn't have a whole school based around really what a girl need in a education. They haven't found their strong LJA scholar, and that makes me think what I could do to help.

I have to create a personal project next year and I’m going to do a project about what it means to be a girl in the world. I am going to go even beyond that. When I grow up I would like to become a woman activist or a mentor to young women. LJA has inspired me to learn and help others even after high school. Everyday I am thankful for Laura Jeffrey and all it has taught me. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. If there is ever anything I can do to help out please just call me up! Anything I can do to give back to the place that has given me strength as a woman! Thank you!!!!!!    -Alumna Annalee, Class of 2014  

"I love LJA because it makes life sunny when the rest of your world is pouring rain and lightening strikes. There is so much love and joy. The memories that you sit back and reflect on are the best because you became close to so many wonderful girls. I am proud I went to LJA because it changed my insight on how to learn and how to fit in.  LJA kept me striving to be better, and it helped me figure things out about myself and my passions, so when I went to high school, I knew exactly what to look for." --Alumna Te'Lisa B, Class of 2013

"LJA gave me a really unique perspective on the world and my experience as a young woman in it. Because of LJA, I gained a lot of confidence and skills to understand and deal with the with the roles and expectations put on women. LJA was a really safe and empowering place to develop my identity and grow into myself. Being in such a close community for four years, I created really amazing relationships with peers and teachers. At LJA, I was able to grow my independence, creativity, and passion. Whenever my friends from South High talk about middle school, they roll their eyes and say "I don't even want to think about it. Middle school is just a terrible period in life." I can never relate to this, because 5-8 grades were by far the best school years I can remember. I loved middle school. I developed myself and my closest friends at LJA, and learned things I carry with me every day." -- Alumna Izzy R, Class of 2012

 

"Laura Jeffrey Academy is an incredibly unique school, but I didn't realize just how special my experience as a middle schooler there was until I started my first year as a high school student.        

As I started to meet people who had not been to LJA, I began to realize that LJA had exposed me to a kind of learning that was vastly different from what many of my high school peers had experienced at their middle schools. LJA helped me to develop my critical thinking skills in an environment where it was okay for me--a girl--to speak out about my opinions in class, which has ultimately made me a better student and scholar. During my freshman year I also learned that the teachers I had been taught by at LJA were not necessarily "typical" teachers. At LJA I felt like every teacher cared about each individual student and wanted them to succeed, and it was easy to see that the teachers were passionate about the subjects they were teaching, which definitely encouraged my own love of learning.

LJA also offered me the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a middle school debate team, and introduced me into the world of competitive debate, which I have continued to be a part of in high school. I will most likely continue to be involved in debate for the rest of my life, and I have the LJA debate team to thank for that.

Overall, I am very happy to have been a part of LJA. I think it provided me with a unique middle school education in a supportive environment, and allowed me to find the things that I am most passionate about, such as debate. LJA will no doubt have a lasting impact on me as a student, as a scholar, and ultimately as a person.

Laura Jeffrey Academy is an incredibly unique school, but I didn't realize just how special my experience as a middle schooler there was until I started my first year as a high school student.        

As I started to meet people who had not been to LJA, I began to realize that LJA had exposed me to a kind of learning that was vastly different from what many of my high school peers had experienced at their middle schools. LJA helped me to develop my critical thinking skills in an environment where it was okay for me--a girl--to speak out about my opinions in class, which has ultimately made me a better student and scholar. During my freshman year I also learned that the teachers I had been taught by at LJA were not necessarily "typical" teachers. At LJA I felt like every teacher cared about each individual student and wanted them to succeed, and it was easy to see that the teachers were passionate about the subjects they were teaching, which definitely encouraged my own love of learning.

LJA also offered me the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a middle school debate team, and introduced me into the world of competitive debate, which I have continued to be a part of in high school. I will most likely continue to be involved in debate for the rest of my life, and I have the LJA debate team to thank for that.

Overall, I am very happy to have been a part of LJA. I think it provided me with a unique middle school education in a supportive environment, and allowed me to find the things that I am most passionate about, such as debate. LJA will no doubt have a lasting impact on me as a student, as a scholar, and ultimately as a person." -- Alumna Jaleh, Class of 2012