Pressman Academy

Pressman Academy is not just a school. It`s a community dedicated to raising creative and critical thinkers who are self aware and self assured, who are mensches, and who understand it is their obligation to leave our world better than they found it.
We engage students in a rich academic program in both General and Judaic Studies that prepares them for high school and positions them for ethical leadership; in deeply-rooted Jewish practice that enriches their souls and links them to our tradition; in Tikkun Olam programming and community partnerships that bring our students into the world, and in social-emotional curricula that teach self-regulation, resilience, and life skills.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 451 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,625
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 31 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2010

Student Body

Total Students
451 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Pressman Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
48 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
22 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 31 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Depends on the grade
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Natalie Weiss
Admissions Associate
Lesley Bloom


Total Sports Offered
2 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Cooking Club, Drama Production, Newspaper, Science Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Class, Book Fair, Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Team, Volleyball Team

School Notes

  • Founded in 1986, the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am has earned a reputation in Southern California as a warm and nurturing school that encourages each student to achieve the maximum of his/her potential, academically, socially, and spiritually. The Pressman Academy is a learning community in which educational innovation and excellence among students, faculty, and parents are actively encouraged. The Academy appreciates the needs and talents of all its students, and regards their shared and individual creativity as its most precious resource. We encourage the balanced development of the whole person, valuing both intellectual growth and social and emotional development. Toward that end, our classrooms strive to use multiple modes of teaching and expression drawing from the language arts, creative arts, math and sciences, and athletics.
Profile last updated: 05/01/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We started at the school when my child was two, and we knew nobody, having not grown up in the area. Six years in and I can say that the school community is our family. My kids are thriving and feel so loved and safe. The school prides itself on teaching the whole child, imparting tools for wellness in addition to academic excellence. Communication between staff/admin/teachers and families is transparent and always a two-way street. Besides traditional courses, the specialties are outstanding: STEAM, art, music, movement, athletics, Hebrew. And the offerings of after-school activities is varied and excellent. Best of all, my kids are happy.
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We came from Israel in a middle of the school year and the stuff member were so nice and accommodating to make sure that my daughter will start school and join her new friends. For Two years the stuff, teachers are so nice,so professional , the academic level is high - I beyond pleased and highly recommend for you to explore.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 451 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $27,625
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 31 / rolling

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