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Relationships, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

SDJA is not only a Jewish day school, we are a proud member of the independent school world. As such, our children benefit from those qualities that make independent schools the highest performing group of American K-12 students. At last week’s National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, presentation after presentation presented data showing the benefits of an independent school education. NAIS schools are not bound to strict adherence to the politically-charged Common Core standards, nor are they/we required to prepare students for high stakes, multiple choice, standardized testing.

We are proud to be a member of NAIS and the California affiliate CAIS. We are proud to have recently been informed that we are one of a handful of schools whose six-year clear accreditation has been extended for a seventh year by CAIS and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We are proud to have been the driving force behind next Monday’s (March 13) second San Diego Consortium of Private and Independent Schools Conference, with over 750 teachers from 16 schools in attendance, among them Parker, Country Day, Bishops, Pacific Ridge, SDJA and more. We are very proud of the 14 faculty members whose proposals for the conference have been accepted and will be presenting at the conference.

Most importantly, we are proud to be a school that focuses on more than the three Rs: Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic. We also focus on relationships. This is the 4th R of independent schools. A child not well known is a child not well taught. At SDJA we know our kids.  We know their families, school friendships and their social standing among peers. As the song says “To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him…”

That, more than anything else, is at the heart of the independent school experience.

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