Portland Jewish Academy

Portland Jewish Academy strives to ensure an academically rich environment which honors the whole child.
PJA nurtures and inspires Jewish engagement, kavod/respect, and responsibility for the world in which we live.
Our unique curriculum combines interdisciplinary learning, community involvement, and foreign language acquisition all with a values-based approach.
Students at PJA are encouraged to think critically, independently, and creatively. They think for themselves and work for the world.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 364 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,290
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 24 / rolling

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Portland Jewish Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Oregon for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
1961
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2005

Student Body

Total Students
364 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Portland Jewish Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
20 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 24 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
The above cost is for day school. Early Childhood rates depend on amount of days and start at $790 per month. Tuition Assistance is available to those interested in applying.
% on Financial Aid
50%
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Sarah Glass

Sports

Total Sports Offered
2 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Cup Stacking Club, Science Club, Work for the World Club, Writing Club

School Notes

  • Preschool: At PJA we value each child as an individual who learns in a multitude of ways. Our early childhood programs provide welcoming and inclusive settings that recognize children`s diverse abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles.
  • Lower School: PJA lower school students develop a strong foundation in academics and social-emotional skills. We use a hands-on approach in our classes. For example, children are introduced to addition and subtraction through use of everyday objects before they move on to abstract manipulation of numbers. Students write daily; they brainstorm, draft, and revise their work to produce stories, letters, reports and poetry. We read and share comprehension in all content areas. Critical thinking skills are introduced at this level as well. In every subject from science to social studies, students are encouraged to ask questions, to investigate, and to come to their own conclusions with the guidance of our excellent instructors. Lower school students also begin studying Hebrew and Jewish Studies as five year olds in Kindergarten. Specialists in art, music, physical education, and dance round out our full-spectrum curriculum.
  • Middle School: The middle school years are when critical thinking really takes root. In every discipline, including math, science, the humanities, and the arts, students learn by doing, asking, and thinking for themselves. They develop the critical analytical skills that most students don't learn until college. Our middle school students apply these critical thinking skills to discussions of ethics and values, developing solid, grounded views about morals, community and culture. In addition, the Jewish Studies program supports and develops critical thinking skills and provides opportunities for in-depth discussion and analysis. All middle school students participate in our Taglit (discovery) program, a special week-long session between semesters. Taglit is focused, performance-based, and hands-on. Students delve deeply into these intensive seminar-style courses, learning quite a bit in a short amount of time. Upcoming plans for courses include oceanography, a full-stage drama production, and creative writing. Specialists in music, art, physical education, dance, technology, library and an artist-in-residence program round out our program.
  • After-school activities. PJA shares an expansive facility with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center; therefore, PJA students have access to an exceptional range of activities for after school. Gymnastics, soccer, basketball, swimming, and chess are just a few of the activities students enjoy on campus. Please contact PJA to discover whether PJA's combination of academic excellence and ethical wisdom is right for your family.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked OR School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 364 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $20,290
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 24 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Portland, OR is $11,004 for elementary schools and $14,553 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Portland, OR is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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