San Diego Jewish Academy

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Coordinates: 32°56′04.04″N 117°13′33.71″W / 32.9344556°N 117.2260306°W / 32.9344556; -117.2260306

San Diego Jewish Academy
11860 Carmel Creek Road
San Diego, California, United States

Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Jewish
Established 1979
Color(s) Blue/Gold
Mascot Lions
San Diego Jewish Academy 2013-10-10 08-27

San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) is a private, independent Jewish day school currently located in the Carmel Valley community of San Diego, California. The school is composed of three schools: SDJA Preschool, Golda Meir Lower School for grades K-5 and Maimonides Upper School for grades 6-12.

As a pluralistic Jewish day school, SDJA is not affiliated with any one synagogue or movement of Judaism. SDJA is a pluralistic school and has "compacts" with a number of San Diego synagogues.

SDJA began as a small neighborhood school in rented facilities on the property of Congregation Tifereth Israel in 1979. In 1999, San Diego Jewish Academy built a 40-acre campus in Carmel Valley. The campus has expanded to 47 acres after a donation by Irving and Eleanor Jaffe of Boca Raton, Fla., 3 acres of which were turned into athletic fields. The campus also includes a newly built gym that opened in 1996. As of 2013, SDJA is a 56-acre campus.

School Mission[edit]

A pluralistic preschool – 12th grade school serving the San Diego Jewish community, our mission is to further academic excellence, social responsibility and active Jewish living.

At San Diego Jewish Academy we: • Inspire our students to embrace creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking in their learning • Instill our students with a deep understanding and respect for the values and insights of Jewish tradition and a love of Israel that will lead them to live lives of Jewish meaning • Prepare our graduates to be leaders of integrity, social responsibility and architects of change

The vision of San Diego Jewish Academy is to be recognized for the development of leaders in academic, Jewish and community endeavors, in technology, athletics and the arts. Our school program encourages each student to find joy and meaning through their lifelong pursuit of learning and growth. Our graduates will be builders of vibrant and inclusive communities based on Jewish texts and teachings.

Notable alumni[edit]

Several Alums have received both national and international recognition. Among the notable alumni of the San Diego Jewish Academy are Greg Silverman, President of Production at Warner Brothers, Keith D. Black, television and film writer, and Donte Atkins, offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers.


The San Diego Jewish Academy Lions were the first ever, and now one of few Jewish football teams in the USA. They are an 11-man competitive team that has taken 25th place in their league and made an appearance in the CIF playoffs.

Science, technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)[edit]

SDJA's STEM program inspires our students to explore global programs and seek out innovative solutions through guided science projects and by entering numerous local, regional, state, national and international competitions. SDJA dominates the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair as well as the California State Science Fair - garnering untold first, second and third place awards along with society awards and sweepstakes awards. We have students that have won the Intel International Science Fair, placing them in the top .00005% of science students - worldwide. We also have a Google International Science Fair winner - who went on to the White House where he was invited to share his project with the president. Also in 2013, we had a student who won Project of the Year at the California State Science Fair and was invited to compete at the Broadcom Masters competition in Washington, D.C. He advance to the semi-finals, then to the finals and then received the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and he, too, was invited to the White House where the president gave him a tour of the oval office.