JLA Curriculum Overview
Middle School at a Glance
Middle grade students will be enrolled in eight periods daily Monday through Thursday, including Judaic Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. They will also be required to take a language course in Hebrew and a Judaic Studies elective two days a week. Additional requirements include a daily workout (physical conditioning), Art, STEM, and the option to enroll in a ninth period class for enrichment and exploration.
The Friday schedule is unique and will include an advisory period, Soul Center, a service entrepreneurship program and a period for students to research and explore areas of interest.
MS Promotion Requirements
6th, 7th, 8th Grades
Middle School Signature Programs
6th, 7th & 8th
An optional 9th period at the end of the school day dedicated to additional learning choices that will provide students with the opportunity to pursue study in an area of interest.
An hour of time each week devoted to project and inquiry based activities designed to encourage students to problem solve and think critically. Students will select a passion of their choice related to a school discipline. During this period, students will question, research, and develop a personal area of interest that encourages imagination, innovation and independence.
A student led seminar held each Friday morning that encourages students to participate in robust discussions focused on local and global issues of importance.
JLA Service Entrepreneurship Programs:
A program embedded in the curriculum and focused on service learning designed to introduce students to areas of need in the community. Students will choose a service project each semester based on their personal interests.
JLA Leadership Training:
A leadership training program that is incorporated into the heart of the educational curriculum which allows students to put values into action.
6th & 7th
A three week program designed for 6th and 7th grade students commencing in August. The focus of STAR SUMMIT will be to acquaint students with JLA, including Judaic Studies and an introduction to the campus, curriculum and faculty. During this time, the students will be engaged in activities that will prepare them for their middle year experiences.
August in Israel: Eighth grade students will spend the first 3.5 weeks of school every year studying Hebrew, Jewish History, Tanach, and contemporary Israel in an immersive, real world setting in Israel. This annual study abroad experience will not only serve as a catalyst for student bonding to each other and to the State of Israel, but will allow for a greater focus on the school’s General Studies curriculum throughout the remainder of the year.
Middle School Option 9 Classes
Option courses are offered in the areas of Art, English, Spanish, Mathematics, STEM, Social Science, Judaics, and Physical Conditioning. Some option classes will be offered during the school day, and many more are available after school during the Option 9 period.