Golda Och Academy (formerly Solomon Schechter Day School Of Essex & Union)

1418 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-0705
Tel: (973)602-3601
Grades: PK-12 | 548 students
Many families seek a Jewish education for their children, but also want a private school with the outstanding academics and programs associated with top preparatory schools in New Jersey.
At Golda Och Academy, students and their families benefit from the best of both worlds with an excellent educational program that prepares students for the finest colleges and universities AND is rooted in Jewish values.GOA is accredited by the NJ Association of Independent Schools, and we meet or exceed the NJ State Core Curriculum Standards.Our high academic standards are paralleled by an emphasis on creating a compassionate and ethical community, grounded in Jewish values.
Our students understand the concepts of derekh eretz (respect for oneself and others) and tikkun olam (making the world a better place), and these tenets of the Jewish faith form the basis of students` daily communications and interactions.
Our graduates become proud and motivated participants in the Jewish community - and the world at large.We invite you to visit our school and find out more about our outstanding program for grades Pre-K through 12.
Please contact us to arrange a tour of our school at 973-602-3601 or

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Solomon Schechter Day Schools (SSDS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1965

Student Body

Total Students 548 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Golda Och Academy (formerly Solomon Schechter Day School Of Essex & Union) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 4 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1894
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No shorts or tank tops permitted.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Tuition Notes Please see our website for more information regarding tuition and affordability.
Admissions Director Gail Shapiro
Admissions Associate Mara Suskauer


Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 27 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Annual Coffeehouse/Talent Show, Annual Musical Production, Art Club, Band, Chamber Music Ensemble, Choir, Community Service Clubs (several), Dance Team, Environmental Club, Fine Arts Club, High School Musical, High School Play, Israel Club, Juggling Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Middle School Musical, Mock Trial, Model UN, Molecular Biology Club, National Honor Society, Robotics, School Newspaper, Science Enrichment, Silk Screening Club, Student Government, Yearbook Art Club, Band, Choir, Dance Team, Fine Arts Club, Israel Club, Juggling Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, Robotics, Yearbook, Annual Coffeehouse/Talent Show,
Annual Musical Production,
Chamber Music Ensemble,
Community Service Clubs (several),
Environmental Club,
High School Musical,
High School Play,
Literary Magazine,
Middle School Musical,
Molecular Biology Club,
National Honor Society,
School Newspaper,
Science Enrichment,
Silk Screening Club,
Student Government,

School Notes

  • Located in West Orange, New Jersey, Golda Och Academy is an accredited private independent school, educating students from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in a flexible and caring environment that nurtures their minds and their spirits. In the tradition of Solomon Schechter schools, we ground a rigorous academic curriculum in the culture and tenets of Conservative Judaism, while welcoming students and families from a range of synagogue affiliations and Jewish expression. Golda Och Academy is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and heritage. Our school is located on two campuses - one for the Lower School and one for the Upper School - located about two miles apart in West Orange, serving approximately 550 students from more than 70 communities across New Jersey.
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