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SDJA Report Card, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

As the school-year comes to a close, I’d like to share a few data points indicating the results of the hard work of our students and teachers this year. There is much to make us proud. 

Early Childhood Center

  • Preschool enrollment increased for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Construction has begun on a new ECC outdoor playground and learning environment that is scheduled to open on the first day of school.
  • Jewish holiday camps are now offered at the ECC throughout the year and are very popular and well-attended.

Golda Meir Lower School

  • Based on nationally-normed testing, 45% of grade 1-5 students score in the top 10% in reading, and 47% score in the top 10% in math.
  • Our 1st – 5th  graders as an aggregate test in the top 10% of all private schools nationally in reading and math
  • Our students equal or exceed the rate of growth in independent schools nationally on every single sub-test, based on ERB national testing.
  • 66 students entered and prepped for the Mission Innovation San Diego interscholastic competition. SDJA teams took 11 of the top 25 awards.

Maimonides Upper School

  • 55% of our graduates were accepted into top-50 colleges and universities, receiving $3.5 million in merit-based financial aid.
  • 3 students named National Merit Commended Students, including one finalist.
  • 36 students in our Innovation Institute presented original proposals for funding at “Shark Tank” style conference at UCSD Rady School of Management.
  • Average ACT scores are in top 10% nationally.
  • A+ ranking, in top 2% of high schools nationally according to niche.com.

None of this is possible without the passion and dedication of our teachers. They are truly the heart and soul of SDJA. I hope you’ll find an opportunity to thank them in the coming days.

Wishing you and your family a delightful, fun-filled summer. See you in August!

Chaim

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