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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other religious school association(s)
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1961
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2005

Student Body

Total Students364 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Portland Jewish Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 24 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,290
Tuition NotesThe 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 DirectorSarah Glass

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross CountryBasketballCross Country,

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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