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Programs and Institutes

At San Diego Jewish Academy, we encourage deeper learning through our advanced enrichment programs, including robotics, debate, science, art, and future and green technologies. Below please find some of the opportunities available to our students:

Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies (AIJS)

Led by Rabbi Philip Graubart, the Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies is a robust institute dedicated to furthering our community’s Judaic education. The Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies (AIJS) not only provides a Judaic curriculum beyond what is traditionally offered in a pluralistic school, but it strengthens and instills Jewish values in our children, and in our community – a key component of the Academy’s mission.  

Art and Music

SDJA’s arts program includes music, visual art, and ceramics. Arts education begins in preschool where music and art are infused into the classroom. Every student, starting in 2nd grade, has the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Through various programs and classes, students have many options to explore and develop their creativity.

At SDJA, professional artists ensure that your child is receiving an arts education that is based on years of experience. With diverse course offerings, we encourage our students to pursue a broad range of creative exploration.


Our Experiential and Character Education, and Social Emotional Learning program (known as EXCSEL) offers a guided, once per week lesson which is supplementary and complementary to our Advisory program.  It provides Experiential hands-on learning opportunities in Character Education and Social Emotional development.

With an ever increasing need for middle school students to be exposed to stimulating hands on learning, this program aims to enhance our students’ academic and social skills in a non-traditional classroom setting.  The program covers hands on experiments, challenges, day and overnight field trips, group work, service learning and further character education and social skills development at this very important age. 

EXCSEL Video: Click here to view an information video on the EXCSEL program.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (CIET)

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (CIET) is the cornerstone of SDJA’s strategic vision to provide students more opportunities to explore technological innovations and entrepreneurial approaches to problem-solving. Through the Center, students are able to explore innovation beyond what is traditionally offered in a Jewish day school, and are provided the training necessary to tackle and solve small- and large-scale problems not only from an innovator’s and entrepreneur’s perspective, but through a Jewish lens. 



To learn more about our programs and institutes, please contact our admissions department at (858) 704-3717 or admissions@sdja.com or click here to fill out an online inquiry.