Monday, November 11, 2013

Jewish Academy Opens Registration for 2014-15

New Year, New School: Local Jewish families have an extra reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving season, because educational options for their children just got brighter.

The newly invigorated Jewish Academy of Arts & Sciences, serving kindergarten through fifth grade, is now accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year. 

In response to the changing needs of families throughout the community, the Jewish Academy overhauled its curriculum and created dynamic programs to serve families more effectively.

“We start our planning, of course, with calendars and budgets, but what's most important at this time is that we recruit students for the new school year,” said Steve Barberio, Head of School. “We are grateful to have a wonderful community of families at the Jewish Academy this year, including returning families who have helped make our new families feel welcome. The energy here is vibrant.”

This year, the Jewish Academy boasts its largest-ever kindergarten class, with 13 students – a robust number, yet small enough to maintain a class size that allows teachers to provide students the individualized attention that remains one of the school’s highest priorities.

Every private school needs to make the case for why a family should choose their institution over another, public or private, and the Jewish Academy has a strong case, indeed.

In addition to small class sizes, the school promises an outstanding education in core academic subjects, grounded in the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math, both adopted last spring. 

Students receive instruction and inspiration through the school’s arts curriculum, a dynamic program that develops creativity, collaboration skills and confidence.

At the heart of the Jewish Academy is a Jewish Studies and Hebrew program that instills deep connections to heritage and culture. 

Finally, the school’s popular new program, Kadima, provides families with affordable, enriching, on-site after school care for their children.

As if that were not enough, the Jewish Academy is expanding its programs in a number of ways. This month, the Jewish Academy introduced a Family Education pilot program, featuring single-session evening classes in a range of subjects, including Jewish Studies, parenting, and specialized courses for educational and medical professionals. An expanded Family Education program is expected to launch in January 2014.

Several events are in the works for prospective families to learn more about the school. The school held its first open house of the year in October, and will be sponsoring the children’s area at the upcoming JCC Chanukah Festival scheduled for Sunday November 24, noon to 4 pm, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE.

The next open house is scheduled for Monday December 9, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at the Jewish Academy, 5520A Wyoming Blvd NE.

Families who wish to explore the Jewish Academy may also call (505) 232-2325 or email to ask questions or request a tour.

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