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JAO students score two grade levels ahead of peers

For the sixth straight year, on average, students at Jewish Academy of Orlando are performing at least two grade levels ahead of their peers nationwide. The test scores, from April 2021, were taken using the nationally recognized Iowa Test of Basic Skills® (ITBS®) – commonly known as the "Iowa Assessments."

Core values bring the Jewish Academy into the new year

L'Shana Tova! What a year it has been. Each year, Rosh Hashanah gives our students an opportunity to renew our commitment to our heritage. We, at Jewish Academy of Orlando, are so grateful to be back safely and in person with all of our students and our Jewish community.

New JAO principal

The Jewish Academy of Orlando has announced that Amy Polacek will be the new principal of the school beginning June 1, 2021.

JAO's future home builders and fund raisers

Jewish Academy of Orlando second-graders raised funds in the grade's annual Fun Run to benefit a Habitat for Humanity house. The students later visited the house and presented the check to the organization.

JAO partners with Christian and Muslim schools for multi-faith program

Jewish Academy of Orlando fifth grade students partnered with Muslim peers from Leadership Preparatory School and Christian peers from Geneva School in "Trees for Peace," a multi-faith tree planting service held at Mead Gardens. The tree planting is part of the schools' Multi-faith Education Program that has been in place for almost 20 years.

Astronaut visits JAO

Thursday, March 11 was out-of-this world for Jewish Academy of Orlando students as when astronaut John Daniel “Danny” Olivas visited the school. The live visit was conducted remotely using the school’s Google Meet platform so that all students whether in person or at home could participate.

Planting trees for Tu B'Shvat

Once again, Laurence Morrell, aka "Last of the Jewish Red Necks," came through. He gladly assisted both the Temple Israel educational school, MAGAL, to have both a fundraiser and a way to celebrate Tu B' Shvat in January. He did the same with the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Both were very successful events.

JAO gala to honor Cheryl and Greg Finkelstein

Jewish Academy of Orlando, celebrating 43 years of Jewish education, announced it will be honoring Cheryl and Greg Finkelstein at the Soaring Into the Future Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m., held remotely.
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