We have been very happy with the education our children have been receiving at DKJA. Not only do they focus on the academics, but also on social emotional learning and building positive relationships and social skills. Bringing in programs such as "The Leader in Me", and the ADL program "No Place for Hate" has shown us that there is an emphasis on educating the whole child at DKJA. Parent programs are offered on different issues such as cyber safety and raising resilient children which have been very helpful. There is a true partnership between the school personnel at all levels and the parents. We could not have been happier with our choice to join the DKJA family 10 years ago, and look forward to continuing at DKJA until our children graduate from the high school.
My children have been attending this school since they were in Kindergarten. The academic rigor, the solid Jewish education, the exposure to the arts, and the emphasis on developing compassionate leaders has made this school the ideal location for my family.
The teachers are academically challenging while at the same time nurturing and supportive of varying learning styles and needs. For a "small" school, there are a tremendous number of activities ranging from athletics to the arts to robotics.
The student services department is outstanding, led by Mrs. Siegel, who has always made herself available to our children and has gone above and beyond for our family when in need.
Being aware of what is offered in the public school setting, or rather, what is no longer offered, I am amazed at how the students are exposed to all of the arts. I have enjoyed hearing from my children about special programs such as "Meet the Masters" which teaches them about art history. This is just one example of how the school emphasizes the development of a well-rounded student...not just one who is prepared for "test taking".
Although I have always been happy with the school, under the current leadership, the school has demonstrated an openness to innovation; continuing to build upon the school's foundation to prepare students for the 21st century.
I strongly believe that in addition to the outstanding education my children are receiving, they are also developing the skills necessary to be valued members of society. There is an emphasis on creating a culture that is open and safe. The school infuses character education throughout the subjects, and uses bullying prevention models to help educate students to stand-up for themselves and each other. The school adopted a program a few years back called "The Leader in Me" which further emphasizes the skills of honesty, integrity, and fairness in all their interactions.
The overall school is fantastic, but what we’ve been most impressed with is the Judaic curriculum. The entire Judaic staff have exceeded all of our expectations and teach an enriched curriculum that emphasizes the core values of Judaism. Through their leadership, they have created an all inclusive environment that has allowed our child to truly connect with the Jewish community.
This school has the unique feature of offering an excellent academic curriculum, together with a strong Judaic program, while still maintaining a warm nurturing environment. Teachers form strong bonds with their students, and cater to a variety of learning styles. The administration are progressive and are always seeking to introduce innovative, creative and current initiatives. The athletics offerings for an independent school are strong as well. I strongly recommend this as one of the leading Jewish Community schools in the country.
The teachers and staff are very accommodating and truly have each students best interest at heart. But the reason for the 5 start ratings is for the opportunities. If the school doesn't offer a club or sport at the moment, they encourage the students to start one. The faculty are staff are all about the students taking charge and will offer any and all support for student initiations.
Seventeen teachers are leaving DKJA this year--most of their own choice. What does that say about the state of the school? Administration lacks the skills and knowledge to lead and inspire. Poor promotions and hiring choices were made by former head of school, Karen Feller. Under Principal Sidney Siegel, academics have declined, and since Sammy Chukran Lontok became the Judaics Principal, the dept has deteriorated. Ms. Chukran Lontok has failed to create a warm and stimulating Jewish environment, and she is unkind to parent volunteers. Bullying is not properly addressed when the parents of bullies are wealthy donors. The high school is not growing and remains small. Make an informed decision about your child's education; do not just read the PR reviews.
It is with great pleasure that I write this review on behalf of Donna Klein Jewish Academy. My family has been involved with this school for nearly a decade with children attending there. They have received a quality education in both secular studies and Judaic studies. The staff utilizes the newest methods and materials available. I have had the opportunity over the years to attend a number of wonderful programs there. I feel a lot of Ruach each time that I am there. The staff maintain a dignified professional look and have always been willing to address any questions that I might have. It is quite clear to me that this spirit and leadership starts with the Administration of the school. We are fortunate to have such dedicated professionals to lead and guide our children making this a superior school.
DKJA provides each and every student with a fine Judaic and secular education. The classes being small, gives the students the personal attention that they might need. A quality education here is evidenced by where graduates of the high school end up in top colleges and universitites. Students who have had the gift of attending DKJA can attest to this. I recommend this school highly. Confident in the fact that my children and every other student will develop to their fullest potential.