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There may be as many reasons for choosing Jewish day school as there are families in our school communities. Some are looking for small class sizes, nurturing environments and positive peer groups, while others seek an early second-language program. Still, some want an academic experience steeped in the Jewish tradition of critical thinking and ethical behavior. Many are drawn by another family’s positive experience. From superior college preparatory programs to a variety of extra-curricular activities, there is truly something for everyone.
Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming process. Making the choice requires investigating what truly matters to you and your family. It takes visiting prospective schools and teachers, speaking to current school parents and imagining your child and your family in a new environment
Jewish day schools have increasingly found that their unique caring communities and educational opportunities resonate with families who might not have considered day school when their child first began school. Many day schools run excellent “on-boarding” programs to help new students acclimate to the immersive experience of day school Hebrew and Jewish studies. Year after year elementary and middle school students seamlessly make the transition from secular academic settings to day school.
In recent years it has been well documented that the largest influx of transfer students to Jewish day schools occurs during the middle school years when families are seeking a more enriching and values-based academic experience for their emerging teens. The rigor of a dual-curriculum Jewish day school academic experience prepares day school graduates to go on to successful high school careers at exclusive secular private schools, Jewish high schools, and public schools.
With the New England Jewish Academy being able to accommodate students at all levels from preschool to 12th grade, that academic experience is a seamless one
Jewish high schools provide a unique opportunity for students to grow and develop during these formative years. The intellectual rigor of a dual general studies curriculum combined with the close reading and analysis of Jewish texts and ideas found in a comprehensive Judaic curriculum, prepares students with skills to achieve in any future academic setting. Graduates attend many of the most respected colleges and universities.
Nurturing community, close relationships with teachers, and a supportive peer group help to reinforce students’ character and personal development. During the often stressful years of high school the power and warmth of a Jewish community create an environment where every student is seen, and where students can challenge themselves to excel with joy and enthusiasm. Judaism can be a source of meaning and inspiration in their lives, precisely at this time of maturation and emerging adulthood.
New England Jewish Academy caters to a diverse set of students with different interests, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The dual commitment to general and Jewish studies prepares students for the challenges ahead – in the classroom, and in life.