Portland Jewish Academy
- 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
Academics and Faculty
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
Cup Stacking Club, Science Club, Work for the World Club, Writing Club
- 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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