Portland Jewish Academy
Tel: (503) 244-0126
Portland Jewish Academy Photo #3 - PJA students in the garden exploring, investigating, and tending to this little piece of our wondrous world! They are pulling weeds, planting seeds, and harvesting fresh vegetables.
- 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.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Other religious school association(s)|
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Learning Difference Programs||Yes|
|Learning Programs Supported||Dyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Awards||Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2005|
|Total Students||364 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 22%
|Students 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||Link to List of Courses|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 24 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$20,290|
|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|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Sarah Glass|
|Total Sports Offered||2 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross CountryBasketball, Cross Country,|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||4 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
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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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Portland Grades: 6-12 | 93 students
116 Ne 29th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 234-2826 4.6 6-12
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