John Adams Academy buys land in Lincoln for new charter school

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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John Adams Academy, a Roseville-based public charter school, purchased land in Lincoln in December with plans to open a second location in time for the 2016 – 2017 school year, according to the school’s publicist.

The goal is to break ground this year, build and be ready for the 2016-17 school year, said Krista Bernasconi of KFB Public Affairs in Roseville.

The school is “working closely with the county on the approval process,” Bernasconi said Wednesday. 


The academy’s founder, Dean Forman, said the academy, which focuses on a classics-based education, already has a Lincoln waiting list of 500.

“Lincoln is a family community. They love America and old-fashioned values and this education inspires young scholars to aspire to become something greater than themselves,” Forman said.

The 19-acre building site, which cost $950,000, is located off Highway 193 near Oak Tree Lane in Lincoln. The land is bounded by Ride to Walk, a therapeutic horseback riding facility, and a city park, according to Forman.

John Adams Academy intends to build a 10-acre “Colonial Greco-Roman inspired” campus that will include an outdoor amphitheater and will accommodate 1,300 students in grades kindergarten through 12th-grade, Forman recently said. The school expects to hire between 60 and 70 new staff members, Forman said.

The new campus’s 8-acre pond will offer “a lot of possibilities for students to study biology and wildlife hands-on,” Forman said.

“It’s a neat thing for them to be able to explore and enjoy,” Forman said. “It was what attracted me to the property.”

The John Adams Academy is not accepting applications yet for the Lincoln location, according to the school’s spring newsletter.

For information about the school, go to or call 780-6800.