Golda Och Academy

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

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Solomon Schechter Day Schools (SSDS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students548 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Golda Och Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Number of AP Courses4 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1340
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No shorts or tank tops permitted.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Tuition NotesPlease see our website for more information regarding tuition and affordability.
Admissions DirectorMicah Gottlieb
Admissions AssociateMara Suskauer


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryLacrosse,


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.
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