As we approach our 2015-16 school year, we are delighted to look back into the new programs and refreshed favorites that have marked this year, as well as a sneak preview of what the future holds in store at San Diego Jewish Academy.
- Our STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) expanded to include all preschool and K-5 students and also introduced a new high school course in engineering and design.
- New social and emotional programs have had a positive impact on our students, ranging from “Mensch of the month” and Solution Teams for social problem solving, to re-imagining advisory to better meet the needs of adolescents, the Kindness Committee and much more.
- High school students enrolled in over a dozen online language courses with Middlebury College, while Hebrew continued to be the second language of choice for well over 70% of students 9-12th
- Our much discussed new curriculum, Singapore Math, has upped the level of math instruction in grades K-7, and has been the upgrade that we hoped for.
- New assessment methods have been introduced to the lower school, resulting in tighter alignment between daily instruction and students’ needs.
- Our new AP Computer Science class has been a big hit
- The Jewish Visioning Project has focused our planning on developing a curriculum that resonates with our 21st century Jewish community while being deeply rooted in ageless values and traditions.
The coming months will see us sharing our exciting plans for our double-chai, year-long 36th anniversary celebration. We will kick off the celebration with a 36th Anniversary Gala (Date TBD)
We also want to thank you for your support, participation and engagement this past year. Whether you read our emails, participated in one of our many weekly programs, organized an event for others, or contributed financially, we are grateful for your engagement and support.
Lastly, if you haven’t yet made an annual campaign gift to the Every Child Campaign, this is a perfect time to do so. When we apply for grants from foundations and major donors, the first question is “What percentage of your parents give to the Annual Fund?” By supporting the Every Child Campaign you strengthen us through your dollars and your participation, both of which enable us to go above and beyond in teaching our children here at SDJA.
Your support truly makes a difference.
Director of School Advancement