Catherine Johnson is sending her son to a Jesuit high school that reminds her (and her husband) of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. It’s not just the maze of corridors or the fact that the teachers are all “characters’ whose rooms are their domains.
I had been telling friends that the place was joyous and strict. That’s the way it feels, from afar. Ed said, at the end of the night, that the school is both “more serious and more fun” than a regular school.
That’s just how David Whitman describes Amistad Academy, a charter middle school for black and Hispanic students in New Haven, Connecticut, in Sweating the Small Stuff.