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K-8
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Maitland, FL
Students enrolled: 156
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851 N Maitland Ave., Suite 100
Maitland, FL 32751

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(407) 647-0713
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December 02, 2014
My boys have attended JAO for the past 7 years and I can't say enough how great it has been!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
It's like a family and very well run. It reminds me of my Hebrew Day School growing up

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
My son attends the Jewish Academy of Orlando and I couldn't be any happier. The friendliness of the staff is amazing. The teachers are lovely & they teach to your child's level. If your child is having a difficult time, they will help. If your child is working ahead of the others, they will find more challenging work. My son loves everything about this school. He's excelling in every subject... reading, writing, spelling, math, & Hebrew. I love all the opportunities that I have to spend with him at school. You can come to Shabbat every Friday, you can have lunch with your child, you can volunteer for numerous committees, and you can volunteer in the classroom. I have only positive things to say about the JAO. And, I would encourage you to make an appointment for a tour.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
"This is truly a unique school that is on the cutting edge of what great education should be. There are no bells, teachers yelling or needing to do crowd control our Students are engaged & Respectful... " We are recognized as an Apple Distinguish School for Innovation, Leaders & Education.

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2014
Jewish Academy is an amazing school. My 3 children have all gone there and they have received an excellent education. The school is committed to a system of differentiated learning and are wonderful at finding the strengths in each child. The education, combined with Judaics, make for a unique and outstanding educational experience. I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
My children are students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando. We have three children at the school ranging from K to 5th grade and each child is having a uniquely amazing experience. We relocated this year and have been welcomed so warmly by the entire staff and community of JAO. The teachers are kind, inspiring and really make an effort to understand and guide each child. The academics are stimulating and informed. JAO has an amazing art and music program where my children return from school discussing artists in a new and exciting way. The physical education program provides them with a supportive environment where they are able to enjoy being physical and are learning new ways to be active. I am so grateful that we found JAO because every day that I pick my children up they are happy, bright and confident and I really trust that this is a credit to an amazing program.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
My daughter loves JAO. The opportunities provided by the school are not only preparing her well academically, but also socially. She is confident around older kids, confident and proud to be involved in class discussions, and she is excited to go to school every morning. The teachers are caring and encouraging. The school is preparing its children for future success.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
My kids feel at home here. And so do we. This is a great community of like minded families, wanting our kids to get the best education as well as become adults with values. The curriculum is challenging but the teachers make sure each and every child is getting what they need. I came knowing no one and this community has embraced or family. All I needed was 1 visit to the school to know, in my gut, this was right for my kids and our family.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
The JAO is an amzing school. Yesterday I came to visit my child's class and I was amazed at what they learn at 4th grade, I even learn from my child. He really enjoys going to school. The school provides many different programs from holidays to sports, music, theater, etc. The school is like a big family, we always have great events that I love to attend. My child has lots of great friends and so do I.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
Jewish Academy of Orlando was one of the best decisions we made for our daughter. The smaller class size and amazing faculty have helped her significantly advance in her academic development. I recently met with her teacher, Mrs. Korzon, who makes herself available often and is a true partner to us in seeing Livia academically excel. Her advice is very helpful and as working parents, she provides us easy "math tips and tricks" to apply at home. We feel so lucky to have such a supportive team of teachers working with both our daughter and us. Thank you Jewish Academy!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
The Jewish Academy of Orlando offers a far advanced curriculum in a warm, enriching, Jewish setting. The results from their national testing speaks for itself-- the children are testing several grade levels above students from other schools. The JAO has amazing resources and even operates their own TV station in the morning, presenting the news. It seems as if all of the parents are involved in the school, making a warm, welcoming environment-- no one is ever left out. The classwork challenges my daugter and motivates her to learn more. She can't wait to get up in the morning and get to school, what more could a parent want!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
JAO is a fabulous place to enrich your children's learning experience. They are very adept at tailoring the learning experience for your child. Our children are thriving and it is very exciting to see that when we pick them up or go to the school for different functions. The school promotes citizenry, public speaking and philanthropy. We couldn't be happier with the education our boys are receiving. Schedule a visit to see why we are happy to have this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Great school! Everyone is attentive and friendly on the staff! They have a great curriculum in place. We are extremely proud and happy to have our son going to the Jewish academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
We LOVE Jewish Academy of Orlando! It is everything we wanted for our child -strong academics, enrichment, and a nurturing environment. It is an amazing school!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
Jewish Academy of Orlando is an excellent school! As expected, the academics are amazing. The administrators know all of the children. The teachers are skilled and also greatly care about the children. The children are given a very well-rounded education, including moral and ethical training. The administrators lead by example. As a family with a special needs child, we feel very embraced and accepted. They go out of their way to make sure we feel included when at events. They display high levels of respect as well. Each professional treats my son, who doesn't go to the school, with cheer and respect. Shabbat days are my favorite. I love to see the kids singing with such joy and the community built between the children. The upper grade kids love the younger kids. They hug them, talk to them and treat them very well. There doesn't seem to be negative competition between them--only support of one another! I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
My school is a place where you feel welcomed and accepted at all times. The family atmosphere allows to students to feel comfortable and safe.

- submitted by a teacher
August 30, 2013
Jewish Academy of Orlando is an amazing place to work. We are family. We love our children.

- submitted by a teacher
August 29, 2013
Curriculum Night this week was amazing! I love sitting in the classroom hearing all of the wonderful things our children are learning! Proud to be part of such an amazing school...feeling very connected. 1st Grade Mom

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I have 3 children who attend JAO and are thriving there! Two are middle schoolers who have been there since kindergarten, and one kindergartener just starting out:) The kids feel so connected to their school and teachers. It is more than just a school for them - it's a second family. The education they are receiving is top-notch, the teachers are enthusiastic, and the classes are small, so they really get a lot of individual attention. I'm so grateful for the differentiated learning that allows each of them to learn at an accelerated pace so they stay challenged!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
As a reluctant parent of JAO- I have been completely won over. The school lives by the the idea that every student learns differently and goes above and beyond to meet each students needs. The teachers give 110% and that's what makes this school great. The Jewish/ Hebrew that was so intimating to me in the beginning has now become something I am proud my kids are learning. My kids have a strong Jewish identity, they are being challenged academically and most important LOVE going to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2013
Would give it zero stars if I could as it is nothing more than hype. This school is academically inferior and enrollment declines every year. If that is not enough to go on, the parents are extremely clicky, gossipy and shallow. Hebrew teachers are rude and cater to the Israeli children. The amount of money you put into the school is directly correlated to the way you and your child will be treated and respected. As if tuition isn't high enough, get used to being asked for money on at least a weekly basis. We are much happier in every aspect since we've moved on.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
More than happy with the decision that we took when we decide to enroll our kids at JAO. The school offer not only a strong general studies program but a solid Judaica studies, my kids can identify themselves and learn in a welcoming and nourish environment. Everyone welcomes you like family, and treat you like one!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
My child is going to start here this Fall. So far the welcome that we have received has been wonderful. We have been invited to welcome parties at three people's homes and already feel that this school is like a family. Just taking the tour I saw the difference in a JAO education vs another.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
My son loves going to school at JAO! He's challenged academically and is being taught pride and community values. And the parents at the school are involved in the school and also have the same view on the importance of a top education as we do. Great community!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
My children are receiving a top-notch general studies education while also benefitting from Hebrew and Judaica instruction every day. Holidays and Shabbat are celebrated, and every child matters at JAO. Do take a tour of the school; it is a wonderful community treasure.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
This school is AMAZING! My son (now in 6th grade) has attended the JAO since pre-k and has loved every minute of it. Caring, nuturing teachers and staff, small classes and a challenging program have given him a wonderful foundation. All the kids are very nice, and there's superior parent involvement. The technology is incredible as my son has been using an IPAD for 3 years there! FABULOUS SCHOOL! Thank you JAO!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
I have only experienced a loving environment and amazing curriculum at JAO. They work with different levels of students, and I appreciate that! They come home singing songs I learned as a child. The parent involvement is wonderful and I love being part of this community. My son is in first grade and already speaking hebrew! I love his teachers and he is happy - so I am happy!

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
I have worked at the Jewish Academy(formerly HDS) for 14 years and as a a non Jewish parent, if I could have, I would have done anything to have my children attend this school. I feel that Jewish Academy is a warm family environment !

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2012
Love the school for what it teaches children about themselves and the community at large. Jewish values mixed in with individualized learning is a win-win! Small class sizes, committed, caring teachers & staff! No matter how "Jewish" you are, you will feel at home as there is a wide range of families. Go check out Friday morning Shabbat services with the kids and see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
PLEASE I NEED INFORMATION FOR MY GRANDSON. HE COME FROM KADIMAH SCHOOL BUFFALO NY. GIVE ME INFORMATION WITH TUITION.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
I have been extremely pleased with the education my daughter has received at HDS. In addition to strong secular and Judaic curriculums, she is also exposed to weekly art, music, library, technology, P.E., and gymnastic classes. The teachers and staff are amazing - each year she falls in love with her teacher. I can't imagine a better elementary experience and strong academic base for my child.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
Both my children have benefitted from the excellent, well-rounded education they have received from HDS. The faculty and administration really go the extra mile to see that every student reaches their potential. A great place for whole-child growth/maturity.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
What could be better than a school that educates children through a strong academic curriculum and the values of Judaism? I wouldn't send my child anywhere else.

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
Second to none secular education with a well rounded Judaic education. Our son attended K-8th and move on to Lake Highland and was well above grade level at entry.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
What a fabulous school! The curriculum is creative and challenging. Teachers use all of their resources to provide these kids with a well rounded education. The technology at HDS is unbelievable. No other school in the area can compare. On top of the incredible secular education, our kids are learning to read Hebrew and study Judaism in a fun, creative environment. I think our kids are very lucky to be able to attend the Hebrew Day School

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
HDS has seen its better days (if it had them). There are many better choices in Orlando. You will do yourself a great service if you choose either Lake Highland or Park Maitland for your kid's education. As another parent wrote, discipline (or lack thereof) has become a major problem. Due to the fact that so many student's parents work at the school or the parents are donors, the principal is afraid to approach the parents about the child's behavior. The administration is either ignorant to the situation or too arrogant to believe there are any problems at the school. I believe it is both! Parents find that their children are academically behind when they leave HDS but they are simply too afraid or naive to speak up. I am just 1 voice but I have spoken to and heard this same critique from others.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
Here is the bottom line with HDS. We have had our child there for 4 years. It is good for the gifted student. If your child is not motivated, they will get by with a mediocre education. We have spoken to both admission directors at Lake Highland and Trinity and they told us frankly that the HDS education is not on par with other private schools. I do appreciate the time spent on Hebrew and Judaica but it puts the HDS kids at a disadvantage when competing with other kids. Another fact is that HDS students take the SAT which is not a good standardized test because it groups the scores with all kids not the group of kids applying to Lake Highland or Trinity. HDS is the only school that takes the SAT instead of the Iowa Test which is graded against other private school peers. This leads to inaccurate scoring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
Very disappointed with the school. Poor academics, lack of disciple, unfriendly people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 23, 2008
I have been very happy with HDS. The teachers are qualified and always ready to help if your child needs it. I am so glad that I picked HDS - the middle school is fantastic and I highly recommend any Jewish child to attend. Our director, Mrs. Cohen is the best!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
We were very disappointed with the school, when we moved my child had to be put back a grade. Very poor quality of teachers, not a friendly group of administrators or parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
I am very pleased with our experience at the Hebrew Day School. We have one in Middle school and one in Elementary. Both are receiving a well rounded education. I also like the warm family like atmosphere in the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
My 3 children attend HDS. One is in 1st, one in 3rd, and the other in 5th. Not only do my children love school, they have also had an outstanding education. Their academics are top notch. The teachers are loving, creative and motivating. They have high but reasonable expectations for the children. Luckily we share the campus with the JCC so there are many after school activities, sports, music and art lessons offered daily. In these times it is so nice to be at a school that truly knows my children and our family. More importantly, they teach them such wonderful values. My children look at the world with such a caring and compassionate heart. Every Jewish child should go to this school. What a wonderful connection to our community. I know that they will be so successful in many different ways when they go out into the world!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
My biggest disappointment was the Judaic program is extremely weak. When I arrived I was told there were 12 hours a week of Judaica but in fact there is much less. Students are admitted at any grade regardless of Judaic background/knowledge that makes Judaica teaching impossible no matter the qualifications of the instructor due to the diverse levels in one class. Parental involvement is encouraged but parents are not taken seriously and their complaints are usually ignored.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2006
I think the quality of academic programs is excellent. The teachers are all highly qualified and concerned about my childs education.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2006
The Hebrew Day School is a gift every Jewish parent should give their child. State of the Art Technology is incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum. Warm, Intelligent caring teachers. A wonderful new Hebrew/Judaic curriculum with fantastic teachers to teach it from grades K-8. The administration took parents advice and the hot lunches are healthy and nutritious. Both of my children wake up with a smile on their face knowing they will have a great day, Parents are welcome and an active part of the HDS community.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
Unorganized curriculum, weak language arts program, individualized instruction not implemented very well, especially in primary grades. Discipline problems are overwhelming. Frustrated teachers and controlling parents.

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May 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Many behavior problems, underqualified teachers, unhealthy lunch desserts (chips, cookies) overweight kids, small class sizes but no more attention per student than a larger class, rude hebrew teachers. New Pricipal might make positive changes. She seems determined to fix the problems.

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April 28, 2006
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February 18, 2006
Level of parent involvement is high. Academics/curriculum are not consistent. Teachers very caring, but very stressed.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
I can't imagine a better school for my children despite the fact that I was raised christian. The teachers are top notch, the academics are high yet there is still an emphasis on 'being a child'. School offers state of the art technology in a warm and friendly environment. I can't say enough wonderful things about the school, teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
I can't imagine a better school for my 4 children. The teachers, academics, parents - everything is top notch! I can't say enough wonderful things!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
This school has the higest standards for its students and families. It is very community minded, and a wonderful atmosphere for learning and growing. You know that all the Staff really care. We highly recommend this school!!

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Jewish Academy of Orlando
851 N Maitland Ave., Suite 100, Maitland, FL  32751
(407) 647-0713
Last modified Jewish Academy of Orlando is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Jewish Academy of Orlando Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top