Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Jewish Academy of Orlando! We have compiled some answers to many of our frequently asked questions.
Which grades are served by the school?
Jewish Academy of Orlando currently serves grades Kindergarten through 5th grades. In the fall of 2019, the school will offer a Transitional Kindergarten.
What makes Jewish Academy of Orlando unique?
The school delivers a whole-child education fostering academic excellence and character education rooted in Jewish values that will help each student reach his or her full potential.
What are the school’s core values?
Is Jewish Academy of Orlando accredited?
Yes, JAO is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, whose purpose is to establish high standards for non-public schools. FCIS evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout Florida, and as one of the nation’s largest organizations of independent schools, it represents over 70,000 students in 160 member schools.
Why is Whole-Child education important?
Jewish Academy truly believes in educating the whole child, and we have a dual-focus as educators. We foster both academic excellence and social-emotional growth, cultivating values of kindness, self-awareness, mindfulness, and character. To educate the whole child is to realize that children need more than education of the mind; they also need education for their social and emotional being.
How are music, PE, art, library, and recess integrated into the schedule?
As part of our whole-child curriculum, students participate in a variety of classes throughout the week. Music, art, yoga, library, and innovation lab classes are held each week, with physical education classes twice per week.
Does JAO value free play for children?
Children need time for free play. It enhances brain function, promotes executive function, and develops skills needed to collaborate and innovate. Our students have brain breaks throughout the day, a fifteen-minute break each morning, and extended recess every day.
Is there an aftercare program?
Jewish Academy offers a number of extracurricular activities after school. In addition, the Roth Family Jewish Community Center, located on our shared campus, offers classes and activities, and their counselors pick up JAO students each day after dismissal.
What are the religious requirements of the school?
Jewish Academy is open to students of all faiths. We welcome families that have diverse backgrounds. We are non-denominational; we teach Jewish values.
To learn more about the school, we would love to give you a tour.