previous
Golda Och Academy Photo #1 - Located in West Orange, New Jersey, Golda Och Academy is an accredited private independent school, educating students from Pre-K through 12th grade in a flexible and caring environment that nurtures their minds and their spirits. Our mission is to nurture the unique potential of each student through an exceptional Jewish and general studies education.
next
Golda Och Academy Photo #1 - Located in West Orange, New Jersey, Golda Och Academy is an accredited private independent school, educating students from Pre-K through 12th grade in a flexible and caring environment that nurtures their minds and their spirits. Our mission is to nurture the unique potential of each student through an exceptional Jewish and general studies education.
Golda Och Academy unlocks the potential of our students by cultivating their critical thinking skills and nurturing their intellectual curiosity through the study of the humanities, sciences, Judaics, and creative arts.
Our rigorous curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in Jewish literacy.
We develop a love of learning, a personal relationship with Israel, and a commitment to the betterment of the world through tikkun olam (repairing the world). Please contact us to arrange a tour of our school at 973-602-3601 or msuskauer@goldaochacademy.org.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 548 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

Top Rankings

Golda Och Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
1965

School Calendar

View the Golda Och Academy yearly calendar below.

Student Body

Total Students
548 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
3%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Golda Och Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
4 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1340
Average ACT score
29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(No shorts or tank tops permitted.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

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

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Annual Coffeehouse/Talent Show, Band, Chamber Music Ensemble, Dance Team, Environmental Club, Fine Arts Club, Israel Club, Math Club, Molecular Biology Club, Silk Screening Club

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Community Service Clubs (several), Literary Magazine, Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society, Robotics, School Newspaper, Science Enrichment, Student Government, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Annual Musical Production, Choir, High School Musical, High School Play, Middle School Musical

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 500 students from more than 70 communities across New Jersey.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
Golda Och Academy combines Judaic studies with excellence in general studies to give each student an exceptional educational experience (including a very small student-to-teacher ratio). Golda Och Academy develops children who are joyfully Jewish, fosters a strong sense of unity and, as these students grow into young adults, they assume a deep sense of communal responsibility to better the world. In many respects, Golda Och Academy graduates are better prepared to tackle the rigors of college academics due to their experience with a dual curriculum and commitment to critical thinking at every stage. I feel so fortunate my family is a part of this warm community and grateful our children are experiencing the gift of a Golda Och Academy education.
- Posted by
5  
Most amazing school and community. All of my very different children have thrived there. We are so happy we chose it.
- Posted by
5  
Kids are very happy at GOA! Excellent academics and supportive community!!
- Posted by
5  
Golda Och Academy is a warm, wonderful school and community. We feel very fortunate to have found this school for our child.
- Posted by
5  
We love GOA! It provides our children with the right mix of academic excellence, nurturing environment, and community!
- Posted by

Endorse Golda Och Academy. Endorsements 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
Endorse this school:

Nearby Homes for Sale

Recent Articles

5 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying
5 Ways To Protect Your Child From Bullying
Bullying lurks everywhere. Learn the warning signs and how to protect your child.
Questions! Questions! Questions!
Questions! Questions! Questions!
If you are beginning to think about sending your child to private school, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some answers to your more common questions.
Marketing Your School: Welcoming New Students
Marketing Your School: Welcoming New Students
Why is welcoming students so important? Because it makes new students and their families feel that they are part of the school community from Day 1. More about this valuable marketing tool here.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 548 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Essex County, NJ is $21,748 for elementary schools and $20,592 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Essex County, NJ is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Related School Videos

Quick Links