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Programs and Institutes

At San Diego Jewish Academy, we encourage deeper learning through our advanced enrichment programs, including robotics, debate, science, art, and future and green technologies. Below please find some of the opportunities available to our students:

Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies (AIJS)

Led by Rabbi Philip Graubart, the Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies is a robust institute dedicated to furthering our community’s Judaic education. The Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies (AIJS) not only provides a Judaic curriculum beyond what is traditionally offered in a pluralistic school, but it strengthens and instills Jewish values in our children, and in our community – a key component of the Academy’s mission.  

Art and Music

SDJA’s arts program includes music, visual art, and ceramics. Arts education begins in preschool where music and art are infused into the classroom. Every student, starting in 2nd grade, has the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Through various programs and classes, students have many options to explore and develop their creativity.

At SDJA, professional artists ensure that your child is receiving an arts education that is based on years of experience. With diverse course offerings, we encourage our students to pursue a broad range of creative exploration.


Our Experiential and Character Education, and Social Emotional Learning program (known as EXCSEL) offers a guided, once per week lesson which is supplementary and complementary to our Advisory program.  It provides Experiential hands-on learning opportunities in Character Education and Social Emotional development.

With an ever increasing need for middle school students to be exposed to stimulating hands on learning, this program aims to enhance our students’ academic and social skills in a non-traditional classroom setting.  The program covers hands on experiments, challenges, day and overnight field trips, group work, service learning and further character education and social skills development at this very important age. 

EXCSEL Video: Click here to view an information video on the EXCSEL program.

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (IIET)

The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (IIET) is furthering our school’s entrepreneurial spirit. IIET provides opportunities for innovation beyond what is traditionally offered in a Jewish day school. Through the IIET, our students are receiving the training necessary to tackle and solve small- and large-scale problems not only from an innovator’s and entrepreneur’s perspective, but through a Jewish lens. They are learning from and working with community leaders, and developing advanced skills that will last a lifetime.

Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Program

The progressive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program at SDJA is a reflection of the nationwide movement to reform the way STEM is taught in K-12 and at undergraduate and graduate levels.

SDJA’s implementation of STEM is “distinctive” in that it provides a sequential series of increasingly challenging opportunities where skills are developed through hands-on scientific exploration; this is run in parallel to the traditional course offerings.

Our program develops students who are well prepared for the rigors of college STEM programs and will take their place as future science and technology innovators.




To learn more about our programs and institutes, please contact our admissions department at (858) 704-3717 or admissions@sdja.com or click here to fill out an online inquiry.