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- Published on Monday, 21 June 2010 02:59
Currently AJA operates on 2 campuses. Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School of Atlanta Jewish Academy is located on 14 wooded acres in Sandy Springs, while the Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School is located on 10 acres in a quiet corner of Doraville.
The Greenfield Early Childhood, Lower School, and Middle School Campus includes a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center/Beit Midrash. Complete with computerized sound and light booths, this 700-seat auditorium is the largest in the area, outside of a congregational sanctuary setting. And it's the only one of its kind for elementary age students in a Jewish day school in the Atlanta area. Our annual musical and regular concerts are held in this beautiful auditorium.
The art and music rooms, along with our 1200-square-foot drama room, as well as some lower school classrooms are also housed in this area.
Our Arnovitz Library has achieved and been awarded an advanced level certificate of accreditation from the Association of Jewish Libraries. Students can further enhance their intellectual development in our fully computerized media center. With internet resources, CDs, DVDs, and more than 23,000 general and Judaic volumes at their disposal, students have the ability to explore topic areas in depth and produce well documented work. Each week, a reading room welcomes all classes to the limitless world of literature.
Our science labs are fully equipped, from microscopes to telescopes. Students have everything they need as appropriate to grade level to explore the ever-changing, exciting world of science.
The elementary school has four computer labs, which are used to teach classes and for students to use for independent work and study. In addition, we have over 140 laptops, chromebooks and tablets throughout the school.
All classrooms from Kindergarten through 8th grade are equipped with SmartBoards.
We use the internet to make it easy for parents and students to stay informed. Our faculty and staff make the most of ParentsWeb, a web based program that allows students and their parents to view assignments, keep up with their grades, see a complete schedule of their tests and stay informed on class and school news.
Our full-sized gymnasium is the home of our Physical Education Department. With one of two playgrounds just outside its doors, students can enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities.
Our Early Childhood wing houses infants and toddlers, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and kindergarten classes, and has facilities that far exceed Georgia Department of Human Resources requirements. Each classroom has two restrooms and separate storage rooms for cubbies, artwork, and rest mats. A dairy kitchen is located in the ECD wing, which enables the children to expand their learning beyond classroom walls. They have their own playground with age-appropriate equipment. We are proud of our newly created ECD vegetable garden. Children plant, water, and get to eat a variety of vegetables while learning about healthy eating habits and the wonder of nature.
The Atlanta Jewish Academy Upper School campus has been located on a ten-acre site in the residential northeast neighborhood since 1986. Nestled next to a city park, the school's surroundings are serene and secure. The park not only offers old growth trees and walking paths, but also tennis courts for students' use.
The main building, bought from a local public school system, has been redesigned in recent years. The school is constantly modified and improved to support our growth. This contemporary brick structure is spacious, and easily accommodates the many activities of our students.
AJA is committed to providing an excellent athletic program for its students with The Bonnie Hartman Gymnasium building. This state-of-the-art facility provides basketball, volleyball and wrestling courts that come alive on game nights. The gymnasium, located behind the main school building, also contains boys' and girls' locker rooms. Weight training facilities are located in the main building.
Students who learn differently--whether due to dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or some other hurdle to academic achievement--receive help and support at the Strategic Learning Center. The Center, staffed by Mrs. Carol Berger and Mrs. Lisa Marx, addresses the needs of children with learning disabilities and difficulties. The Center supports a variety of curricula, providing grade monitoring, tutorials, one-to-one tutoring, and special education consultation teachers, parents, and students.
Our Peer Assistant Program encourages students to help other students through peer tutoring in secular and religious classes.
While AJA offers a wide array of academic courses and electives, our students often reach beyond these boundaries to seek greater knowledge. Our Distance Learning Lab, a laboratory equipped with computers and cameras, allows students to take courses at distant universities. The technology allows the students and their remote professors to actually see each other and communicate verbally.
Our Homburger Library and Ida Pearle Cuba Computer Center contain more than 6,600 books and a bank of computers with internet access for students. The library also has an online collection of 35,000 full-text books, as well as Net Library. The media center allows students to supplement their learning, research, and understanding of the world. Our Ida Pearle Cuba Computer Center is a separate facility, providing additional technological resources for students and faculty.
Our spacious multi-purpose room serves as auditorium and cafeteria for our students. The room contains a theater stage for the students' yearly talent show and musical productions, as well as a large space for eating lunch and a general area for students and teachers to gather.