American Leadership Academy

Hello, and welcome to American Leadership Academy. We are proud to offer an exceptional educational experience to students in the Clayton area.  Our school is focused on the whole child, in a safe, academically challenging setting, providing all this in a moral and wholesome environment, where we R.A.I.S.E. Leaders.

Parents' Corner

American Leadership Academy, Johnston K-5 has a variety of exciting upcoming events throughout this school year. Get the details, location, and time/date information by viewing our school calendar. Half days and holidays are also listed.

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School calendar

Don't miss out! Johnston K-5 is still accepting applications for new students for the 2023-2024 school year.

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Application & re-enrollment

Looking for information? Visit Johnston K-5's parent resource tab for lunch menu details, forms, uniform guidelines, and more. Each resource we have available to parents is downloadable.

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Parent resources

Buy Johnston K-5's school uniforms online. Our Uniforms page has details on where to purchase American Leadership Academy uniforms and our school's guidelines/policies. 

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Uniform policies & online store

School Leaders

Samantha Nordan, Director

Ms. Samantha Nordan is honored and excited to serve as the very first Elementary Director at American Leadership Academy Johnston. In her nearly 15 years of experience in public education both at the school and district levels, she has learned that her passion for education includes not only the growth of all students, but also supporting and empowering teachers and families as well. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications from NC State University, a Master’s in Elementary Education from Campbell University, and holds additional certifications in reading instruction. She began her career teaching first grade where she quickly realized her true heart for education. After five years in the classroom, and a desire to become a more integral part of the decisions around systems and structures in the school, she became an intervention coach supporting third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Later she moved to a district-level coaching position where she supported multiple elementary schools with district initiatives and school improvement. She firmly believes in the power of the RAISE values of ALA and is passionate about building relationships with all stakeholders in order to create the best educational experience for students and their families. She was born and raised in Clayton, NC and now lives in Benson, NC. She enjoys spending free time with her family, reading a good book, riding on the boat, and relaxing on the beach. Ms. Nordan is excited to be part of the wonderful things to come here at ALA Johnston.


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Raising Leaders

The teachers and staff at American Leadership Academy, Johnston K-5 is focused on each child as a whole. Through our academics, extracurriculars, sports, and fine arts, we R.A.I.S.E leaders who have a well-rounded education.