On my first visit to SDJA I was struck by the sheer sense of joy that was exuded from all corners of the sprawling, state-of-the-art campus. Students were engaged in meaningful learning, collaborating and helping one another. Teachers displayed a genuine love for their craft, and more importantly, for their students. The manifestations were different at different ages, but the vibe was the same from our Early Childhood Center through the Golda Meir Lower School to the Maimonides Upper School.
As a strong and vibrant community rooted in Jewish values, SDJA’s educational approach weaves Jewish and secular learning in a way that is intentional, purposeful and brings meaning to children’s lives. From the sense of wonder expressed by our littlest lions who explore our magnificent garden, to the insights and discoveries of our students at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking and at the Advanced Institute of Jewish studies, our students embody our mission. SDJA truly challenges minds, inspires purpose and encourages our students to explore possibilities.
The success of the SDJA approach has been widely recognized by accreditation teams and other independent sources, including a recent Blue Ribbon award by the U.S. Department of Education. It is evidenced by our alumni who live their lives as contributors and leaders in the United States, Israel and around the globe. Mostly, it is found each and every day in the enthusiasm and engagement of our students.