Jewish Academy of Orlando

5.00 5 1 (18 reviews)
851 N Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
Tel: (407)647-0713
School Spirit!
School Spirit!
  • Jewish Academy of Orlando provides academic excellence within a culture of Jewish values.
  • Our goal is to produce excellent students who are filled with self-confidence and are comfortable with their Jewish identities.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1977

Student Body

Total Students 155 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Jewish Academy of Orlando Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
((choice of 7 solid color) collared shirt w/ navy or Khaki bottome)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling


Total Sports Offered 2 sports
Sports Basketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. After School Classes, Choir Chimes, Chorus, Theater Department Choir Chimes, Chorus, After School Classes,
Theater Department,
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (18 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
Love, love, love this private school! We''re new to the community and I can't brag enough about the JAO. The staff is amazing. My son absolutely loves his teacher. And, he's having so much fun learning. Watching him grow is just amazing. He's reading, he's speaking Hebrew, and he's constantly singing. There are so many get togethers and fun activities. We''re delighted to have been accepted. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Mom of 2 Boys
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5  5/17/2016
We have enrolled our two children here, because of the strong recommendations of peers and have found out through our own experience that they were correct. The children are thriving in this environment. They are very successful in tailoring the overall learning experience to your child so that if they excel faster they are not bored or if they aren't learning as fast they are not left behind... Overall I would recommend this school to any parent who wishes to give their child a top rated education. All you need to do is schedule a visit and you will see why, we love his school!
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5  5/17/2016
My boys have attended JAO for the past 7 years and I can't say enough how great it has been!
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5  5/17/2016
My son is currently in kindergarten at JAO and he has really thrived this year. He looks forward to going to school and I am amazed at how much his confidence has grown this past year. From rewarding reading, learning the true meaning of Jewish traditions, taking the children on many memorable field trips (including visiting the elderly and theatre), to the childrens'' live performances right from the start, this school teaches much more than a superb education. My son's overall life skills have really developed, much more than I would''ve ever imagined in kindergarten. I couldn't be happier and I am looking forward to my daughter beginning her JAO experience next year!
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5  5/17/2016
Our child has been a student at JAO for a few years. Teachers work diligently each year to ensure academic growth. The school's advanced technology in the classroom gives our child necessary skills for the future as well as a variety of ways to learn. The staff is amazing and always willing to hear suggestions.
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5  5/17/2016
the JAO is an amzing school. My child feels so connected to the school and teachers. It is more than just a school for them - it's a second family. The education is great, Ieven learn from my 4th grader. TFhe teachers are enthusiastic, and the classes are small, so they really get a lot of individual attention. My child has amzing friends and so do I. We are very lucky to be a part of the school and community.
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5  5/17/2016
We moved to Central Florida from NYC not knowing what to expect. We have found a wonderful inclusive community at this school. The academics exceed any school private or public, in the area. They''ve who awards for their technology, but for us it's the people. I recommend this school to those who are observant or non-observant.
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5  10/8/2015
We are so happy with JAO. Our children come home filled with wonderful knowledge from math, science, Judaica to mindfulness! The new Head of School, Alan Rusonik, has made some meaningful and positive changes. There is no other school that has the community and values like this one.
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5  7/24/2015
This is an excellent school! It has the latest technology, strong academics, enrichment, and talented teachers. We love it!
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5  7/24/2015
Quality teachers. Jewish values. The iPads and technology at the school is the best. My kids LOVE this school. Enjoy Shabbat as a family ! Great sense of community/ very family oriented. Lots of parent involvement. Would HIGHLY recommend!!
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5  7/24/2015
my oldest goes here and we love it. Focus on Hebrew/judaica as well the latest in technology and learning techniques. I''ll be signing my youngest up for kindergarten next year.
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5  2/10/2014
Jewish Academy of Orlando (JAO) has been an amazing experience for our three children ranging from grade K to 5th. We relocated from the west coast this school year and enrolled our children at the Academy. We have been welcomed so warmly by the staff and the community. The teachers are hugely talented and have helped my children to feel successful and reach their potential. They are challenged by a creative curriculum, inspiring music and art programs and physical education that they truly enjoy. Every day that I pick my children up from school they are smiling and feeling confident because of the fabulous support they are receiving at school. I would highly recommend JAO.
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5  9/7/2013
The Jewish Academy of Orlando not only offers an excellent education that caters to all types of learners but an amazing Hebrew and Judaica program as well. I feel as though I am part of a second family. All of the teachers and staff work together to offer the best education a child can receive!
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5  9/6/2013
Wonderful school with great academics and a caring environment. All three of my children have attended with exceptional results!
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5  9/6/2013
Jewish Academy of Orlando is an amazing place to work. We are family. We love our children.
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5  7/3/2013
Excellent academics with a real family oriented environment. We have had a great experience over the past 5 years
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5  10/6/2012
If you are looking for state-of-the-art academic programs, individualized learning along with Hebrew immersion classes and Judaica teachings, this is the place for you! The school has a strong sense of community which starts at the top. My son has attended for 3 years now. The staff encourage his growth and learning in all areas of his life - not just academics (although the academics are very strong). Jewish values are stressed. Music and art classes are wonderful! Very happy with the school!
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5  9/8/2012
Jewish Academy of Orlando (formerly HDS) is a wonderful school focused on academic excellence and jewish values. There is no other school like it in the area - and no other community like the parents at JAO!
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