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
item which has been noted, verified.
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.
item which has been noted, verified.
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.
item which has been noted, verified.
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.
item which has been noted, verified.
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.
item which has been noted, verified.
Please contact us to arrange a tour of our school at 973-602-3601 or admissions@goldaochacademy.org.

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 n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 180 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 65%
Average Class Size 18 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31
Admissions Director Gail Shapiro
Admissions Associate Karen Spector

Sports

Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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.

Profile last updated: 07/30/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Seton Hall Preparatory School (1.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Jewish Community Center Metrowest Ross Campus (0.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Jewish Community Center Metrowest Ross Campus (0.9 miles away)
 All Schools  | High Schools High Schools  | Elementary Schools Elementary Schools  | Preschools Preschools  | Public Schools Public Schools 
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • West OrangeJewish Community Center Metrowest Ross Campus
    Daycare / Preschool  (Jewish)
    760 Northfield Ave
    West OrangeNJ 07052
    (973)530-3479
    Daycare / Preschool  (Jewish)
    0.9 mi | 278 students | Gr. PK-K                      
  • West OrangeBlessed Pope John Xxiii Academy
      (Roman Catholic)
    8 Saint Cloud Pl
    West OrangeNJ 07052
    (973)731-3503
      (Roman Catholic)
    1 mi | 196 students | Gr. K-9                      
  • West OrangeClock Work Learning Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    627 Mt Pleasant Ave
    West OrangeNJ 07052
    (973)736-9444
    Daycare / Preschool
    1.2 mi | 25 students | Gr. PK-KG                      
  • Livingston Aquinas Academy
      (Roman Catholic)
    388 S Livingston Ave
    LivingstonNJ 07039
    (973)992-1587
      (Roman Catholic)
    1.8 mi | 277 students | Gr. K-9                      
  • West OrangeSeton Hall Preparatory School
    All-boys  (Roman Catholic)
    120 Northfield Ave
    West OrangeNJ 07052
    (973)325-7737
    All-boys  (Roman Catholic)
    1.8 mi | 951 students | Gr. 9-12                      

School Reviews

Reviews should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Email: (we will not reveal your email)

Your review:

Would you recommend this school?          Yes    

 I give permission to post this review online for other visitors to read.

Area Statistics

Rental Market Monitor
Recent Articles
What About a Foreign Language School?
What About a Foreign Language School?
Sending your child to a foreign language school makes good sense when you have been posted to this country from abroad and in other circumstances as well.
Making the Financial Aid Process Work for You
Do you need financial aid? Not sure? Confused by how financial aid works? Here are some answers.
Interviewing the Over-prepared Teacher Applicant
Some applicants can fool you when they interview. Here is some advice on how to prevent that while at the same time keeping the interview process simple and efficient.
Request Information
I am a:      
Email:
Name of parent:
First name:
Middle name:
Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
     
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
        
Applying for financial aid?:
        

Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.

Address:
City:
Country:
State:
Zip:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Phone:

Allow other schools to send me information. Share your information with all schools on our site and let them send you brochures.

Save this data and create your user profile. Create your own user account so you don't have to re-type your user data each time you request information.You'll also be able to track your information requests, get reminded of application dates, and more!

Did You Know?
The average acceptance rate in Essex County, NJ is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).