The Team

Specialty Courses

Students will have the opportunity to select from a variety of specialty coursZAWzaes in the field of education and leadership such as:

  • Foundations Of Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Teaching Practicum: Curriculum In Action (Term 1) 
  • Teaching Practicum: Student Teaching (Term 2)
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Restorative Justice
  • College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
  • Advanced Placement Classes
  • CUNY College Now Classes



Through our partnerships and internships, students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience in the field of education and leadership. 

  • Educators Rising NYC Program - The program is meant to foster and increase interest in the teaching profession among our 11th and 12th grade students by providing a positive, comprehensive, and inclusive experience.
  • City Parks Foundation - The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in five months of garden based learning, exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity. Students develop leadership skills and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction, with the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation.
  • The New York Hall of Science Astro Engineers Apprenticeship - While in the program, students are trained to interact with over 400 hands on exhibits, perform science demonstrations, as well as help facilitate educational programs and workshops for younger students. In the process, participants acquire communication and leadership skills, knowledge of science and the scientific process, experience with inquiry,  as well as gain experience in teaching.


  • Student Instructional Inquiry - Students in our Small Learning Community are selected to be a part of the Instructional Inquiry team that is led by Principal Scanlon. These students work with administration, teachers and peers to make sure that the instructional focus of the school is carried out with fidelity and rigor.
  • Student Teaching - Seniors in our Teaching Practicum class get firsthand experience in what it takes to be a teacher. Students are allowed to request a subject area they would like to observe and based on their request we match them up with a teacher within our building that they can learn from.
  • READ Alliance - Teen tutors are trained to teach elementary school students using the leveled Reading for All Learners Curriculum. They also get hands-on experience in behavior management and data collection.
  • CUNY Peer Enabled Restructured Classroom (PERC) - CUNY employs the Peer Enabled Restructured Classroom (PERC) model of instruction. Through this model, students in STEM courses work in small groups with Teaching Assistant Scholars (TAS) leading their instruction. TAS teaches science or math course material to small groups of approximately five students. By engaging students in active peer education, PERC improves student academic performance in STEM courses and graduation rates for students in both PERC and TAS.
  • Global Kids - The Community Based Organization works closely with John Adams staff to encourage students to become global thinkers and leaders.
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Ambassadorship - PBIS Ambassadors serve as peer leaders, mentors and mediators and have a great impact on establishing a positive and respectful culture within the school community.  

Career Opportunities


Today's job market is abuzz with opportunities for educational leaders. Here are just a few of the fields that your scholar can explore, in their pursuit to obtain a career in education and leadership:

  • Activities Director
  • Admission Counselor/Recruiter (Police, Fire Department, Postal Service, etc.)
  • Assistant Principal
  • Camp Director
  • Career Counselor
  • Civil Service Trainer                      
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Daycare Administration
  • Educational Consultant
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Specialist
  • Museum Educator
  • Operations Consultant
  • Principal
  • Registrar and Financial Aid Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Standardized Testing Developer
  • Superintendent of Schools
  • Think-Tank Associate