Life at JTD
Student Voice

Andrea Muñoz '10

John…Thomas...Dye, well isn’t that a hard one. Just saying that one name is like a whole river of feelings flowing into me like a huge waterfall, and it makes it a hundred times harder to put the way I feel about JTD into words. The John Thomas Dye School has given so much to me that it does not feel like a school anymore, but it seems to be much more than that. Although I have only been at JTD for two years the amount of gifts and feelings it has given me is no less than those who have been here for six or eight years. John Thomas Dye has not only given me an education that one can only dream of, but it has given me compassion, desire, love, and most of all, hope.
Now that I think back to the days when I did not want to come to this school, and rather just stay with all of my friends I always have to call myself a fool. Through this experience I learned that you always have to stop and think what is best for you. If you ask yourself this you can make it through any tough choice because in life everyone has to make a decision that will change the course of their entire life. In my case, I made this decision at the age of ten, and it turned out to be the best decision any ten year old could ever make. When my mind was set and I made my choice of attending the John Thomas Dye School, little did I know that I had just opened the door that led to the room that held my entire future.
The reason I feel that this is the absolute best decision I have ever made is because it really does set my course of life on an entirely new level. At my old school I felt that I was not being pushed hard enough, and that they did not expect much from us. Here at JTD I have been pushed to the limit where my absolutely marvelous teachers feel I can reach. They have set me up to the point where I now can never settle for less in school, yet only ask for more. Whether it is a math problem, a C.S.I. lab, a book report, or even an essay I show compassion for it and complete it with all my heart. When I get a new challenge I put in one hundred percent, knock it down, and just desire more. And all the while when I am doing this I know that I am doing it with love, and that the people around me love me, and they just want to see me succeed.
At the end of the day I never want to leave this campus, but there always is a time when it ‘s time to say goodbye to all your friends, have a good day to all the teachers, soak in the last breeze, and take a moment to look at where you are, and wonder how the time flew by. Take a moment to do nothing but think how lucky you are to be at such a school and how you could ever think of leaving it as one of your best childhood memories. While you are stepping onto the bus you think not about the past, but of the future. Inside yourself you have nothing but a huge amount of hope right next to your heart, and you know from here on you will move on to secondary school, then college, then to be a big success in life, and it all came to be because of one school. And that is why the John Thomas Dye School does not feel like just a school, but it feels to be a birthplace where it all began, and that is why it will forever be in my heart as my home.

The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.