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As a result of the generosity of donors, San Diego Jewish Academy has been able to benefit from a variety of enriched programs that include the following:

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Healthy Habits

The Healthy Habits Committee promotes nutrition and physical education as well as environmental awareness to encourage a healthy lifestyle and sustainability. Areas of focus include the lunch/snack program, snacks/rewards in the classroom, and the distribution of apples made available for free outside each school’s office. The Healthy Habits program is also responsible for the creation of a healthy salad bar for student lunches.

Levana’s Garden

Levana’s Garden is an innovative learning garden created in memory of Levana Estline Z”L, a beloved teacher who nurtured San Diego Jewish Academy kindergartners for 18 years. Gan Levana is an edible and ornamental 5,000 square foot garden for children of all ages.

Matthew Beaver Z”L Technology Fund

Created in memory of Matthew Beaver Z”L, a beloved member of SDJA’s class of 2009 who lost his life to Ewing’s Sarcoma, this fund supports computer classes and technology maintenance.

Larry Acheatel Senior Trip to Poland-Israel Fund

Senior trip two 2014To honor Larry Acheatel’s 13 years of service as Executive Director of SDJA, a special tribute fund was created to honor him for his passionate and transformative tenure which led the construction of our 56-acre pluralistic campus supporting a full spectrum of child development from infants to high school graduates. The annual senior class trip to Poland and Israel was established during Larry’s tenure and this culminating educational experience remains one of the school’s highest priorities. All contributions to this fund help with financial aid so that all members of the senior class are able to participate. The five-week trip is the pinnacle of an SDJA education and is designed to help each student personally define what it means to be Jewish.

Professional Development

This fund supports additional learning opportunities for SDJA faculty and staff at distinguished universities, on-going innovative technology education, and faculty exchange with Israel to develop curriculum and classroom connections.

Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World)

This program helps underwrite the expenses associated with the charitable projects performed by all grade levels to assist the less fortunate.

Maimonides Upper School

This fund helps specialized studies and activities, including science, music, and the arts.

Golda Meir Lower School

This fund helps specialized studies and activities, including Judaica, music, and the arts.

Lions’ Athletics

Funding for this program supports physical education supplies and financial aid for varsity sports teams.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program

Eitan AcksSDJA offers a rigorous high school elective called the STEM Program for exceptionally motivated and talented science students. The purpose of this program is to engage students in high-level science, technology, engineering, and math opportunities beyond the traditional high school science course curriculum. The program has sent numerous students to such prestigious events as the California State Science and Engineering Fair, Google International Science Fair, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom Masters International Science Fair.

SDJA School Uniform Fund

This fund supports families in their efforts to provide SDJA uniforms for their children. San Diego Jewish Academy uniforms were adopted for the Golda Meir Lower School for the 2015-16 school year. Studies have demonstrated that school uniforms result in an increase in school pride, improve a school’s sense of community, and have been shown to help younger students stay more focused in class.


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