Portland Jewish Academy

  • PJA is an established academic powerhouse with a respectful, cool and creative community. We graduate students with a sense of responsibility for the world rooted in Jewish tradition and history. At PJA we teach our students to think for themselves and work for the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other religious school association(s)
Other school association(s)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1961
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2005

Student Body

Total Students377 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 21%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 4
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,740
Tuition NotesMiddle school tuition is slightly higher at $15240. Tuition Assistance is available to those interested in applying.
% on Financial Aid
50%
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorInge Hoogerhuis

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,

School Notes

  • Preschool: PJA's Early Childhood Learning Center preschool is a nurturing place where dedicated teachers create a warm and joyful environment that supports creative exploration and physical and spiritual development.
  • 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 four year olds in TK. 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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    Grades: PK-8 | 513 students
    5.2 miles
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    Portland, OR 97232
    (503)236-6205
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    513
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    Grades: 6-12 | 93 students
    4.6 miles
    116 Ne 29th Ave
    Portland, OR 97232
    (503)234-2826
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