Golda Och Academy Lower School (formerly Solomon Schechter of Essex & Union)

122 Gregory Ave,
West Orange, NJ, 07052-0705
Tel: (973)602-3601
Grades: PK - 5 | 250 students
Golda Och Academy inspires to students to be lifelong learners and are guided to achieve their own unique, intellectual, creative and social potential.
For more than 40 years, our dedicated faculty and administrators have provided our students with the tools needed to become proud and motivated American Jews.
Our students develop a love of learning through our innovative dual curriculum of secular and Judaic studies.
Our mission is to produce graduates who will take their place as leaders in the community and whose commitment to Israel and to Judaism will inform their lives and their actions.
Our school provides a foundation of Jewish life and learning that students carry with them into the future.
Golda Och Academy guides each student to achieve his or her unique intellectual, creative and social potential.
We nurture every student to be a proud and motivated American Jew, true to the traditions and values that will drive an enduring worldview and purpose in living a life of meaning.
We hope these pages will provide you with useful preliminary information about our school and encourage you to come visit one of campuses.

School Overview

Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 5
Year Founded 1965

Student Body

Total Students 250 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 1%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade Golda Och Academy Lower School (formerly Solomon Schechter of Essex & Union) Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 16 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 11 / rolling
Admissions Director Gail Shapiro
Admissions Associate Karen Spector


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Book Club, Choir, Environmental Club, Instrumental Music Ensemble, Israel Club, Israeli Dance Troupe, LEGO Robotics Club, Marble Club, Math Club, School Newspaper, Science Olympiad, Songs in American Sign Language, Student Government Book Club, Choir, Israel Club, Marble Club, Math Club, Environmental Club,
Instrumental Music Ensemble,
Israeli Dance Troupe,
LEGO Robotics Club,
School Newspaper,
Science Olympiad,
Songs in American Sign Language,
Student Government,

School Notes:

  • Our school is known not only for our academic excellence but also for our focus on values education, graduating students with the strength of character to become future leaders in our Jewish, local and global communities. Defined by our ability to appreciate and educate students, both as unique individuals and as a cohesive chevre, the Lower School faculty and staff, in partnership with our vibrant Parents\\\' Association, have created a warm and nuturing kehila, so that each student can rise to his/her own potential and achieve personal excellence. We strive to create a makom kadosh, a holy place, for Jewish and secular learning, where our diverse student population is enriched by our culture of inclusion, appreciation and respect. Current technology and ancient tradition merge daily at our \\\"intellectual crossroads\\\" as week by week, our students mature into independent thinkers who can cull from both Judaic and general studies curricula, knowledge and direction needed to make sound decisions and to take thoughtful action. Each day at our school is filled with wonder and the opportunity to learn and grow.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Seton Hall Preparatory School (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Blessed Pope John Xxiii Academy (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Valley Settlement House Cc Center (0.7 miles away)
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  • West Orange Seton Hall Preparatory School
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    120 Northfield Ave
    West Orange , NJ , 07052
    All-boys  (Roman Catholic)
    0.3  mi  |  951  students  |  Gr.  9-12
  • West Orange
    Blessed Pope John Xxiii Academy
    (Roman Catholic)
    8 Saint Cloud Pl
    West Orange , NJ , 07052
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.6  mi  |  196  students  |  Gr.  K-9
  • West Orange
    Valley Settlement House Cc Center
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    33-41 Tompkins Street
    West Orange , NJ , 07052
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.7  mi  |  70  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Orange St John Grammar School
    (Roman Catholic)
    455 White St
    Orange , NJ , 07050
    (Roman Catholic)
    1  mi  |  143  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
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    The Lakeside School
    Special Education School
    123 Cleveland St
    Orange , NJ , 07050
    Special Education School
    1.2  mi  |  22  students  |  Gr.  9-12

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