by AMY LEHRER

From infancy through twelfth grade, San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) provides outstanding academics, personalized attention and a values-based education. Joshua Nunn, SDJA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, proudly explained, “Our students enter the world with not only an outstanding education but also a strong sense of who they are and the skills necessary to succeed.”

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools, SDJA’s academic program is exceptional, with students routinely scoring above national standards. The 2012 senior class was accepted to 149 universities — including Brandeis, Johns Hopkins, Penn, USC and Yale — and received over $3 million in merit scholarships. The well-known Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program engages students in high-level science, technology, engineering and math opportunities beyond the traditional high school science course curriculum. In 2012, Melissa Fagan won first place in the microbiology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and Jonah Kohn won first place in his age group at the international Google Science Fair.

Successful alumni illuminate the academic caliber of SDJA. Michael Fagan was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2010 but chose to pitch at Princeton University to pursue his education. As a senior at Harvey Mudd College, Jonathan Simkin developed a website called Swoopthat.com, a solution for textbook prices he’d considered as a SDJA tenth grader, which has been adopted by schools across the country, including SDJA.

[pullquote align=”right”] An SDJA education prepares students for the most challenging course of all — LIFE. ~ Joshua Nunn, SDJA’s Director of Marketing and Communications [/pullquote]

The personalized attention SDJA students receive contributes to their success. The 17:1 student-teacher ratio allows teachers to develop personal relationships with their students that foster learning engagement and the pursuit of their passions.

SDJA also offers a rigorous Judaic education that includes Jewish history, culture and values. Through large-scale Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) service projects, students learn that their actions have a real-world impact. SDJA’s lower school students filled 400 backpacks with supplies for the victims of the Haiti earthquake while SDJA’s upper school students acquired $100,000 worth of medical supplies. Additionally, students raised 30 tons of supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims and $22,000 for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

SDJA students receive a comprehensive education and frequently attend top-tier universities. The goal of the school is also to encourage students to embrace Judaism in a manner that is meaningful to them. Ultimately, according to Nunn, “An SDJA education prepares students for the most challenging course of all — LIFE.”