As we look back at the past school year and welcome the year ahead, we have a lot to be proud of and excited about. Because of the generous support of our SDJA community, we have been able to develop a number of new initiatives and programs that are not only incredible additions to campus life, but enhance the way in which our students learn and better prepare them for the future.
Through our Science Laboratories Modernization Project, we’ve unveiled six new science labs this year with new collaborative work stations and equipment, providing a hands-on applied science experience for our students.
We have launched our Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies, headed by Rabbi Nathan Laufer, to enhance and strengthen SDJA’s Judaic Studies curriculum, and offer our students and families Judaic learning that goes beyond what is typically offered in a pluralistic school.
Our Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking is now underway and we will be partnering with UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management as well as working in tandem with the Sha’ar HaNegev High School in Israel.
We’ve also implemented our Institute for Creative Writing and the Arts this fall with beloved SDJA teacher, Melissa McKinstry, returning from retirement to teach creative writing. Additionally, we have hired Shani Zamir – a popular singer/musician from Israel – to lead our new K-5 music program. To augment the program, students will utilize a new dedicated keyboarding room, equipped with the latest interactive keyboards.
There are so many points of pride that you’ve helped make possible. Last year we celebrated our 36-year, double chai anniversary with a spectacular gala which raised over $500,000 thanks to our SDJA families, friends, and event chairs. Proceeds from this event went directly to our school’s most important initiatives, including the Science Laboratories Modernization Project.
Our graduates continue to excel both in their college acceptances and in their merit scholarship achievements – which this past year totaled more than 3.8 million dollars. Our school continues to place in the nation’s top 2% for college selectivity* and we are well prepared to continue this legacy.
We have so much to be proud of and to look forward to and it is all because of our kehilla, community. With your continued support, SDJA will remain a leader in preschool to 12th grade education and provide your children – our students – with the tools necessary to become the next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates.
Please help us continue this important work. To make a gift today, just click here. To learn more about opportunities for support, or ways in which you can get involved, please contact me directly.
Together, we make the SDJA difference!
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