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San Diego Jewish Academy

Private | K-12 | 485 students

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Posted May 5, 2014

I was a student here from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. The lower school was a great experience for me, and I would recommend it for any elementary school student- the teachers make time to see you, and they have such great art, science, music, and jewish projects. The upper school, however, was a different story. True, some of the teachers and classes were fantastic, and I had an easy time learning in them. But the art and music classes offered were jokes, and there was not even one theatre class. It's all about succeeding, and having as many students as possible going to those Ivy League schools, just so the school looks great. But the humanities departments were amazing, and there are some wonderful teachers. Each school does have its pros and cons, really. And you won't find a drug problem or isolation at SDJA. It is a real community. When a teacher died, school was cancelled, so we could go to her funeral. When a boy in my grade had his appendix burst, we all went to visit him. So decide for yourself if you want to sacrifice your child's chance to take creative classes and meet more people, to go to a great college and be in a tight knit community.


Posted April 8, 2014

After 16 years at SDJA I believe it just keeps getting better. The best part of the school is the caring and supportive environment. With teachers supported in the execution of their professional craft, students benefit from a curriculum that is catered to their unique needs. Everyone, students and faculty alike, is encouraged to stretch themselves to reach their full potential by taking calculated risks and learning to "fail forward." The integration of technology is allowing for students to develop their creativity and innovation skills while connecting and collaborating with others across the globe. To round out the education, the students have classes in music, drama, PE, art, library. And if that isn't enough, Responsive Classroom and Design Thinking principles are employed school wide as the final piece to educating the whole child. Join our family, and you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2013

Hello, I'll do my best to tell you a little about SDJA from a parent's perspective. Our 2nd grade son has attended a few different schools (private immersion, a private jewish school, and a 5 star public school) so we have a pretty good grasp on his schooling and how he is learning/growing. What I'll say is that SDJA nourishes his overall development (core education, ancillary education, and character building). The educators and staff know my son and care about him. To the point when I pick him up after school I feel like I'm getting a better kid than I dropped off that morning. ;-) Oh, and the campus is gated, safe and beautiful. Now it's expensive, but they work with you and have a good financial assistance program. So if you can find a way to afford it you will not be disappointed. Honestly, we just really love this place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2012

The San Diego Jewish Academy is a GREAT SCHOOL and we trust that it will always be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2012

Hey I used to be a student that attends the SDJA. The SDJA works greatly on benefits of a full good life. It encourages aspect of both nourishment and academic achievement. I have recently graduated from Harvard University!!! Great School!


Posted August 23, 2012

Very professional school. Many activities. Greatest upper school music program with a great educator! Nurturing environment. Have observed preschool and find the curriculum and teachers to be superior to other preschools!


Posted May 28, 2012

I have two children at SDJA in the lower school. They are both very happy and challenged. The great thing about this school is that the teachers are very in tune with each individual student. They are aware if the student needs more difficult work than the rest of the class and they take extra time to create special coursework for these kids. The emphasis on character as well as academics sets the school apart. My children are learning to be citizens of the world who contribute to the betterment of the community around them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

I have had 3 children at the SDJA and have been very pleased with their growth and development. They have turned into thoughtful and intelligent adults. Of the 2 that have graduated, both attend excellent colleges and my 7th grader is on the right path. I encourage enrollment in SDJA if you want our child to have an excellent jewish and secular education in a nurturing yet challenging environment. Respectfully submitted, a parent of 3!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

My child has attended SDJA since Kindergarten and is currently in High School. SDJA has been a fantastic school in every way and I am particularly thrilled as a high school parent that my child will reap all the college benefits of graduating from SDJA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

My three children have attended SDJA since Kindergarten. They have not only flourished academically but as individuals with character. SDJA has provided an unparalleled learning environment that challeges each individual student to maximize his or her potential in a nurturing and caring community. This excellence in academics is complmented by the emphasis on become good people with ethical values and good character. But what better example of the fantastic results of this institution tahn the fact that my daughter has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. SDJA also boasts first place winners of the INTEL science competition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

I have been a Parent of this amazing institution for 13 years, my children have been in this school from kindergarten to HIgh School, the level of education is amazing, Both of my older kids were accepted to amazing Universities, the curriculum and the programing is excellent. The teachers are so well prepared and they are very involved with the kids, I am so happy my children are not only a number, they are persons, every teacher knows their name. It's a great institution!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

My children (now a freshman in college and a junior at SDJA) have been at SDJA since kindergarten. The faculty is committed, creative, knowledgeable and caring. Teachers know their students and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The high school science and math program is outstanding, producing science fair award winners year after year. The innovative 9th and 10th grade integrated Humanities curriculum provides students with an opportunity to explore the question "How Are We to Live." SDJA students consistently outperform peers on the ACT, SAT, and AP exams. Students learn about their Jewish heritage, traditions, customs, texts and beliefs in a pluralistic environment where all views are respected. High school students can participate in varsity sports, music programs, student government or the award winning yearbook. The middle and high school principal knows each student by name, and works tirelessly to ensure, a safe, respectful, challenging environment for all. SDJA is well governed, academically challenging, supportive and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

I have been a parent at the school for 16 years, and I feel so fortunate to be part of such a warm and nurturing community. "it takes a village to raise a child," and I am so happy to be a part of the San Diego Jewish Academy village, with warm, caring and nurturing faculty and families that share the same values. Academically, the school is on the cutting edge of education, and challenges each and every student to achieve his/her potential. But more important than academics, the school helps families raise "menschy" kids...kids who understand their role in the world around them, and the importance of "tikkun olam," of repairing the world and making it a better place for future generations. Students who graduate from SDJA are not only academically prepared for college, but they have a strong sense of who they are, they can communicate well, they understand complicated issues of current events, and they feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

I feel like I have another partner raising my children. My children went from kindergarden to 12th grade, each one different and SDJA brought out the best in each of them. I like the nurturing in the younger grades and critical thinking as they moved up. Although each of them was accepted to their first choice university, what I am most proud of is how they call their Grandmothers each week! I am very proud of who they have become and I believe SDJA had a big part of that. From the edible garden, the sports programs, science program, the arts and so much more SDJA looks at the whole child and prepares them for life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

My children have blossomed in this school. Academics are excellent and ethics are strongly emphasized. My older is already getting recruited by several colleges due to strong test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

My child attended this school from 7th grade until the end of 8th. Im so glad i took him out. I realized how much better he did at other schools. The school tries to hard to keep the school "perfect". When we were applying, the principal made the school seem flawless. But after my son said that he needs to leave, because he didnt feel comfortable there, I learned that something was going on at that school that no one was aware of. When ever he told someone he went to the San Diego Jewish Academy, people would always make rude comments towards his religion. The teachers dont pay to much attention to the kids, and they always go of topic which affects their learning. i sat in on one of the classes, and that specific teacher had no control over any of the children. The kids think the world revolves around them, and are rude. I am SO (emphasis on the SO) glad that i took out my son. He is now doing much better out of the SDJA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

This school has a lot of potential but in my opinion it has many problems. It tries too hard to keep its student with too many speches and talks and they should persuade us with example and good characteristics. the teachers are good quality, the facilities are like no other, the administration (Athletic and main office) is disorganized> they need to have discipline and be able to handle the students better and not treat them in an unethical fashion
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2009

It would be 4 1/2 stars if I could do it --- 4 stars is too low. We have 2 kids in the lower school and love it so far. If you're looking for a school to push as much 'facts based' education down your kids throat, this isn't your school. If you're looking for a school that pushes your kids intellectually, with an additional strong emphasis on science & Judaism/values while not forgetting art & physical education, then this is your school. I don't care if my children learn the multiplication tables 6 months earlier, I want them to understand math. I want them to learn to read more critically and most importantly, learn to think and be critical. The SDJA has done that amazingly well while instilling real study and organizational skills (anothe huge one for us). (We had 1 of our kids in San Diego public schools for 3 years.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

No school is perfect, but there is a real feeling of community here, some great teachers, an inspiring principal, and great kids. My only criticisms are that they can be a little disorganized, and I think the classes are too long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

Absolutley atrocius High and Middle school. Lower school is awsome but the rest of the school is stupid and full of clicks. This school only cares about jocks not students.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 68%
Hispanic 32%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Black 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Yale University
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
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Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Chaim Heller
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (858) 704-3850

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  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
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  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

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School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

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  • Gardening
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130
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