PJA values each child as an individual, providing welcoming and inclusive settings that recognize children's diverse abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. Families of all backgrounds are welcome at Portland Jewish Academy. We are proud to be an inclusive Jewish community preschool and day school, providing a strong foundation of academics, Jewish values and learning, and community service. Our graduates excel in high school, college and in life. They think for themselves and work for the world.
All of our students from infant through 8th grade receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders.
Our Lower School and Middle School academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.
PJA’s project-based learning approach encourages students to explore many areas of interest and make connections between their studies and the real world. We offer a rich and diverse program in Jewish studies that enhances critical thinking skills steeped in tradition. Students learn Hebrew as a modern language of communication as well as a way to connect with ancient texts. We offer extensive enrichment programs including music, visual and media arts, drama, service learning and volunteer opportunities, P.E., wellness and health classes. Our Makerspace supports classroom learning and provides a place for students to explore, create, design and innovate. Collaborative and integrated learning gives students the foundation to think for themselves and work for the world.
The Early Childhood program is currently open and follows all guidelines provided by the Oregon Health Authority and Early Learning Division. For K-8th grade, we are currently offering robust online learning that empowers students to be flexible, innovative learners in a caring, supportive community.