Learning beyond a textbook
Our students have multiple opportunities to learn, grow, and experience education in a safe and nurturing environment. We provide this through programs that support the social emotional development of our students, as well as opportunities to engage in immersive learning experiences away from the SDJA campus.
Character Education & Social Emotional Learning
In the GMLS Guidance program, our students engage in Character Strong, a research-based Character Education and Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum. Lower School students also benefit from Explorations, a specialist course every-other-week with materials and open-ended projects that enable students to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary while fostering problem-solving skills, bolstering creative confidence, encouraging teamwork, and empowering students as agents of their own success. Explorations includes Outdoor and Garden education that connects Jewish values to taking care of the earth, a Hanukkah Shuk with student-created products, a Farmer’s Market with student-created businesses, along with many other collaborative learning opportunities.
We understand that being a middle school student is a dynamic time of growth, physically, socially and intellectually. Our EXCSEL program was specifically designed to support our students during this time of development. EXCSEL, which stands for Experiential Education, Character Education, Social Emotional Learning, is a program that emphasizes core character traits that will create a positive school culture, social emotional learning, and positive youth development. At SDJA, perseverance, curiosity, and empathy are the core traits we aim to develop in all our students.
Students in high school participate in a series of sessions called Master Class. These sessions provide our students with strategies to navigate their social and educational lives. Session topics include awareness of self, team building, stress empowerment, positive lifestyle choices, healthy relationships, and study/time management skills, all guided by Jewish values. Master Class sessions are facilitated by individuals with professional expertise and will be presented in both a classroom and experiential setting. Master Class is a mandatory high school program and will appear on each high school student’s SDJA transcript.