we have had mixed experience with teachers' qualification at PJA. My son has had teachers that were not skilled enough to run a classroom to teachers that were very skilled in running a classroom. If you have a child with sporadic( mixed) skills level, the school is not a good fit.
Our family loves Portland Jewish Academy! It is a very nurturing school that allows my two sons to be who they truly are. The teachers are focused on providing an excellent education, while encouraging each student to do their personal best. My children love going to school everyday and come home with smiles on their faces. My oldest son cried when school ended last year, I think that just says it all!
My son entered the first grade this year after a disappointing kindergarten year in a well-regarded public school. I cannot express my joy at bringing my son to school every day at PJA. His teacher is extremely skilled and nurturing, and with only 11 children in the class, she has a chance to take a genuine interest in each student. Above all, I value the loving and calm atmosphere and the emphasis on becoming a good person--something I felt was missing in his public school experience. The best result is I have my sweet son back, and I know he feels supported, because he loves going to school. Another note: PJA has families with all levels of observance--I do not believe that any family would feel out of place here!
My daughter has been at PJA for the past 2 years and we are sending her to another school for the 2007-2008 school year. The school has a warm environment and some wonderful teachers, but there is a high turnover rate of teachers and the school seems to lack the ability to inspire gifted students. They do not have a 'gifted' program at all. If your child is above grade level in any subject they do not have much to offer. I was lead to believe, when I selected the school, that my child would join another class for subjects that she excelled in -- this was not the case. She is often bored by the work and has asked to attend a different school. We weighed our options and are moving on. If you want a private school and your child is an average student than PJA is fine.
PJA struggles with a 'one shoe fits all' mentality. If your child has academic and/or social concerns it is probably not the best fit. The judaic program is aligned with the egalitarian movement. Teacher turnover remains high each year. The school has a blue ribbon award, but this may be due to keeping the children who 'fit' while encouraging other's to go elsewhere. The school community is great and parents are very involved.
PJA is an outstanding school that has been given the Blue Ribbon Award. I graduated from PJA last year and am now enrolled in sophmore and junior classes as a freshman. This is due to PJA's care for every student, small classes, and great teachers.
My doughter studies in 2 grade ,she improved her reading, math and social skills . Also she is learning hebrew in a very high level. She was born in Israel, and for us is important to keep the language.She gets individual clases in hebrew each day. The School has a blue ribbon prize.
PJA is an outstanding school that provides individual attention and tailored learning programs for each child. Gifted children have the opportunity to work at a more advance level, while those who have learning difficulties receive supplementary instruction and guidance. I am gratified, day after day, at the richness of the curriculum, the professionalism of the faculty and the overwhelming warmth of the school community. Our children are given the tools to become good citizens of the world and knowledgeable, ethical leaders of the Jewish community. In addition to the standard academic subjects, the kids take music, art, P.E., Hebrew and Jewish Studies. The school has two science labs, a computer lab and a library with full-time librarian. Artists, musicians and other guest instructors are frequent visitors. Parental involvement is always welcome. I can think of no institution I would rather have as a partner in raising my child.
I used to go to PJA and although by the end of my 8 years there I was beginning to get tired of the small atmosphere, I now realize that it nurtured me and helped me for my future in many way. The teachers, are fantastic, top of the notch. And because of the small class sizes there can be more one on one and individual work. Although there is little to nothing offered extracurricularly, there has never been a large need for one as many of the students who go there are finding activities to do outside of the community anyways. The community is very open to parent instruction and participation, yet at the same time retains the leadership to know when the decision making and leadership should come down to the teachers. Overall, it is one of the greatest schools offered in the Portland and Beaverton area.
My child has been going to this school since TK. Although he has experienced nurture and care most of his years he is now a 8th grader and very happy to leave. They lack in Humanities Dept, Elective classes and most of their Jewish studies classes. My son is on the basketball team and they have the same coach for all 4 teams and because of this they are not doing so good and it lowers my sons self-esteem. I feel the teachers lack in their field and proper involvment. My son can not wait to graduate this year. I feel that the amount of high tution i pay every year i am not getting half of what i deserve.
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