San Diego Jewish Academy

11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92130-0921
Tel: (858)704-3717
Grades: NS-12 | 550 students
San Diego Jewish Academy offers infants to high school seniors a unique learning environment that culminates in some of the nation’s highest-achieving students.
By developing students both scholastically and ethically, our graduates are prepared for the most challenging course of all – LIFE.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1979

Student Body

Total Students 550 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade San Diego Jewish Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 20 students
Number of AP Courses 19 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Dress code)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,995
Tuition Notes Tuition costs varies widely depending upon the grade level of the incoming student.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Leslie Cohen Kastner
Admissions Associate Lara Mouritzen

School Notes

  • Early Childhood Development Program
  • SDJA's Early Childhood Development Program offers children from six weeks to five years old an active environment that helps them develop cognitively, socially and emotionally. SDJA provides its students with a warm environment that helps students develop the building blocks of learning.
  • Golda Meir Lower School
  • At Golda Meir Lower School, our students are placed in a nurturing environment that encourages critical thinking and exploration, which helps your child begin on a path of growth and lifelong learning. Through diversity of subject matter, Golda Meir Lower School offers its students a holistic education with special courses in art, music, computers, physical education, library activities, kosher cooking and science. With a pluralistic approach to Judaism, language acquisition and an understanding of the richness of Jewish culture are also an integral part of the lower school experience.
  • Maimonides Upper School
  • Maimonides Upper School students attend schools like Yale, Princeton and Stanford and over half of our faculty has graduate degrees. In this type of environment, rigorous testing and text book education would likely be commonplace. That is not the case and we encourage you to speak to our students if you tour our campus. We understand that in order to truly engage and educate a child, we first need to understand them. By offering our students personalized attention, they are able to develop relationships with their teachers, and in the same respect, our teachers understand them. This fosters an innate sense of community at our school, which truly enhances your child’s education.

Profile last updated: 08/03/2015

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School Reviews

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!
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16

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The average private school tuition in San Diego, CA is $8,270 for elementary schools and $13,356 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Diego, CA is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).