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Curriculum

מגמות ותכנית הלימודים

“Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

– Golda Meir

Academics at a Glance

JLA 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, community service, leadership seminars and an independent study project.

Please note that the information below will evolve as our leadership team continues to finetune JLA’s educational program. Check back often for updates.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tentative Scope & Sequence

All courses offered at an Honors or Advanced level
AoPS=Art of Problem Solving, a competition level math curriculum

6th
6th
History

Globetrotters: Geography and Ancient Civilizations

Math

Math 6 Math 7 Pre Algebra: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS)

Science

Geo-Science: Earth and Space Botany Basics Chemistry Lab Rats Adventures in Health, Science and Medicine JLA CSI Forensic Science

Judaic Core

Shabbat and the Holidays (.5) The Wisdom of our Sages: Pirkei Avot (.5) Sanctifying Maker Space: Vayikra (.5)

Arts

Foundations in Drawing and Painting 6 Foundations in Drawing and Painting 7 and 8 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 6 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 7 and 8 Creative Movement Groove Workshop 1, 2, 3

Judaic Elective

Intro to Nezikin: Civil and Criminal Law Parsha in Depth Character Development

Hebrew

Intro to Spoken Hebrew 1 Intro to Spoken Hebrew 2

Option 9

Bat Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Bar Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Parsha in Depth

7th
7th
History

Puritans to Presidents: American History

Math

Math 7 Pre Algebra Intro to Algebra: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS)

Science

Forces, Motion, & Matter: Positive Energy (Honors or Advanced) Botany Basics Chemistry Lab Rats Adventures in Health, Science and Medicine JLA CSI Forensic Science

Judaic Core

The Art of Jewish Prayer From Slavery to Redemption: The Exodus Story Talmud Bava Metzia: What’s Mine?

Technology

IOs App Design MIT-Google Video Game Design / eSports Programming JAVA FabLab Solutions

Arts

Foundations in Drawing and Painting 6 Foundations in Drawing and Painting 7 and 8 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 6 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 7 and 8 Creative Movement Groove Workshop 1, 2, 3

Judaic Elective

Ha-Ikarim: Principles of Faith Lessons from Shmuel: To King or Not to King The 613 Opportunities for Connection

Option 9A

Bat Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Bar Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Parsha in Depth

8th
8th
History

Power to the People: Civics Supply, Demand, and Amazon: Economics

Math

Pre Algebra Algebra I Intro to Geometry: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS)

Science

Life Science Biology Botany Basics Chemistry Lab Rats Adventures in Health, Science and Medicine JLA CSI Forensic Science

Judaic Core

Sibling Relationships: Bereshit Everything You Ever Needed to Know about Shabbat Talmud Berachot: The Source of Blessings

Technology

IOs App Design MIT-Google Video Game Design / eSports Programming JAVA Nuts and Bolts Robotics

Arts

Foundations in Drawing and Painting 6 Foundations in Drawing and Painting 7 and 8 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 6 Foundations in Ceramics and Sculpture 7 and 8 Creative Movement Groove Workshop 1, 2, 3

Judaic Elective

Heroines: From Sarah to Golda Anarchy & Authority: the Jewish Judges (Sefer Shoftim) Let’s Eat! The Keys to Keeping Kosher

Option 9A

Bat Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Bar Mitzvah: An Introduction to Jewish Adulthood Parsha in Depth

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Signature Programs

Star Summit

Beginning in mid-August and running through the first week of September, the STAR Summit is a mandatory 3 week immersive educational experience designed to help 6th and 7th graders discover themselves as students and as Jews, prepare for the rigors of a JLA curriculum, and connect deeply with their peers and mentors.

Service Entrepreneurship

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 interest.

Option 9

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.

August in Israel

Students will spend the first 3.5 weeks of school every year in Israel immersed in Judaic and Israel studies which will serve as a catalyst for student bonding with each other and with the State of Israel, while also allowing  for a greater focus on the school’s College Preparatory curriculum throughout the remainder of the year.

Nesher Project

An hour of time each week devoted to project and inquiry based activities designed to encourage students to problem solve and think critically. During this period students will question, research, and develop a personal area of interest that encourages imagination, innovation and independence.

Morning Joe

A student-led seminar held each Friday morning that encourages students to participate in robust discussions focused on local and global news while teaching them to think critically about how information is presented in various media outlets.

Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy is renowned for offering courses that allow students to move beyond JLA’s already extensive offerings. Through Global Online Academy students can immerse themselves in areas of personal interest, such as The Learning Brain, Digital Ethics, and Changing the Course of Climate Change. GOA courses earn credit and are included on transcripts.

UPPER SCHOOL

Tentative Scope & Sequence

All courses offered at an Honors or Advanced level 
AoPS=Art of Problem Solving, a competition level math curriculum

9th
9th
English 2

The Faces of American Literature / Jewish Literature (Advanced) Screenplay Writing Novel Writing Print Journalism: Newspaper Broadcast Journalism Debate Yearbook

English

The Lost Generation and the Harlem Renaissance The American Dream: Promise or Illusion? The Quest for Belonging  / Literature of Ethics and Technology Coming of Age/ Graphic Novels

History

Our Trek Through Time: World History Human Geography Sociology Psychology History Of The Americas Modern Jewish History History Of The Middle East International Business Microeconomics

Math

Algebra I Geometry Intermediate Algebra: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Statistics AoPS Competition Prep

Science

Biomedicine Environmental Science Astronomy Geology  Genetics and Ancestry Microbiology Music and Math: Sound and Wave Physics

Science 2

Biology Chemistry Forensic Chemistry Zoology Marine Science Plant Science Anatomy and Physiology

Judaic Core

God in Our World Talmud Kedushin: Sanctity of Life Tzedakah and Chesed: Judaism’s approach to Charity, Kindness and Budgets

Arts

Digital Art and Design 2D Art 3D Art Digital Photography Music Production and Sound Design Digital Music Vocal Workshop Groove Workshop 4 Video Production Drama Jazz/Rock Band Modern Movement

Judaic Elective

The Art of Jewish Prayer Relationships in the Torah Lessons from Shmuel: The State of the Ancient Jewish State

Option 9A

What Comes Next? Mashiach & The World to Come The Sephardi Experience: Taste, Sounds, & Sights The Halachic Traveler The Israeli Arab Conflict

Option 9B

• Digital Music::• Yearbook US::• Espanol 2::• Introduction to Talmud::• Environmental Science: ::Sustainability::• Geology: Rock & Roll

10th
10th
English 2

The Faces of American Literature / Jewish Literature (Advanced) Screenplay Writing Novel Writing Print Journalism: Newspaper Broadcast Journalism Debate Yearbook

English

The Lost Generation and the Harlem Renaissance The American Dream: Promise or Illusion? The Quest for Belonging  / Literature of Ethics and Technology Coming of Age/ Graphic Novels

History

American History Human Geography Sociology Psychology History Of The Americas Modern Jewish History History Of The Middle East International Business Microeconomics

Math

Geometry Algebra 2 Precalculus: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Statistics AoPS Competition Prep

Science

Biomedicine Environmental Science Astronomy Geology  Genetics and Ancestry Microbiology Music and Math: Sound and Wave Physics

Science 2

Biology Chemistry Forensic Chemistry Zoology Marine Science Plant Science Anatomy and Physiology

Judaic Core

Moshe’s perspective: Analyzing Bamidbar & Devarim Talmud Sanhedrin: Justice and Ethics Maimonides: The Man & His Work

Arts

Digital Art and Design 2D Art 3D Art Digital Photography Music Production and Sound Design Digital Music Vocal Workshop Groove Workshop 4 Video Production Drama Jazz/Rock Band Modern Movement

Judaic Elective

Hasidut: A Spiritual Journey Mussar: Jewish Ethical Improvement Jewish Art and Music

Option 9A

What Comes Next? Mashiach & The World to Come The Sephardi Experience: Taste, Sounds, & Sights The Halachic Traveler The Israeli Arab Conflict

11th
11th
English 2

Shakespeare and the Art of Rhetoric / Existentialism in Literature Cosmopolitanism in Literature / Dystopian Literature Screenplay Writing Novel Writing Print Journalism: Newspaper Broadcast Journalism Debate Yearbook

English

The Classics: Power and Revenge / Literature of Oppression and Hope What is Love? / Literature in Question People on the Periphery / World Literature: Asia World Literature: Europe / Literature of Conflict and War Coming of Age 2 / World Literature: Latin America

History

Civics/Economics American Government Human Geography Sociology Psychology History Of The Americas Modern Jewish History History Of The Middle East International Business Microeconomics

Math

Algebra 2 Precalculus Number Theory & Counting and Probability: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Statistics AoPS Competition Prep

Science

Biomedicine Environmental Science Astronomy Geology  Genetics and Ancestry Microbiology Music and Math: Sound and Wave Physics

Science 2

Biology Chemistry Forensic Chemistry Zoology Marine Science Plant Science Anatomy and Physiology

Judaic Core

5 Megilot: The Story of our Lives The Denominational Divide Talmud Chulin: The Laws and Philosophy of Food

Technology

Machine Learning, Virtual and Augmented Reality Principles of Engineering

Arts

Digital Art and Design 2D Art 3D Art Digital Photography Music Production and Sound Design Digital Music Vocal Workshop Groove Workshop 4 Video Production Drama Jazz/Rock Band Modern Movement

Judaic Elective

Is it Love? Relationships in the Tanach Talmud Chulin: The Laws and Philosophy of Food Great Jewish Correspondence & Essays

Option 9A

What Comes Next? Mashiach & The World to Come The Sephardi Experience: Taste, Sounds, & Sights The Halachic Traveler The Israeli Arab Conflict

12th
12th
English 2

Shakespeare and the Art of Rhetoric / Existentialism in Literature Cosmopolitanism in Literature / Dystopian Literature Screenplay Writing Novel Writing Print Journalism: Newspaper Broadcast Journalism Debate Yearbook

English

The Classics: Power and Revenge / Literature of Oppression and Hope What is Love? / Literature in Question People on the Periphery / World Literature: Asia World Literature: Europe / Literature of Conflict and War Coming of Age 2 / World Literature: Latin America

History

Civics/Economics American Government Human Geography Sociology Psychology History Of The Americas Modern Jewish History History Of The Middle East International Business Microeconomics

Math

Precalculus Calculus Calculus: Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Statistics AoPS Competition Prep

Science

Biomedicine Environmental Science Astronomy Geology  Genetics and Ancestry Microbiology Music and Math: Sound and Wave Physics

Science 2

Biology Chemistry Forensic Chemistry Zoology Marine Science Plant Science Anatomy and Physiology

Judaic Core

The Last Lecture of Devarim Post Holocaust Theology Jewish Bioethics

Technology

Machine Learning, Virtual and Augmented Reality Principles of Engineering

Arts

Digital Art and Design 2D Art 3D Art Digital Photography Music Production and Sound Design Digital Music Vocal Workshop Groove Workshop 4 Video Production Drama Jazz/Rock Band Modern Movement

Judaic Elective

Intimacy and Marriage The Denominational Divide Post Holocaust Theology Great Jewish Correspondence & Essays Beit Midrash Think Tank Learn and Teach Talmud

Option 9A

What Comes Next? Mashiach & The World to Come The Sephardi Experience: Taste, Sounds, & Sights The Halachic Traveler The Israeli Arab Conflict

UPPER SCHOOL

Signature Programs

JLA Entrepreneur Program

Sophomores will be placed in groups and challenged over a nine week period to create and market a product or service. At the end of the quarter each group will present their idea to a panel of faculty members for evaluation.

Wilderness Expedition

Sophomores will participate in the JLA Wilderness Adventure, a program which employs the beauty and challenges offered by nature to promote self-advocacy, personal growth and teamwork through “Torah and the wisdom of the wilderness.”

Morning Joe

A student-led seminar held each Friday morning that encourages students to participate in robust discussions focused on local and global news while teaching them to think critically about how information is presented in various media outlets.

August in Israel

Students will spend the first 3.5 weeks of school every year in Israel immersed in Judaic and Israel studies which will serve as a catalyst for student bonding with each other and with the State of Israel, while also allowing  for a greater focus on the school’s College Preparatory curriculum throughout the remainder of the year.

True North

Students will participate in a one semester course during the advisory period that will encourage students to think critically about their values, goals and future endeavors. Areas of study will include high school success planning, self discovery, financial and community literacy, personal branding, and career exploration.

Nesher Project

An hour of time each week devoted to project and inquiry based activities designed to encourage students to problem solve and think critically. During this period students will question, research, and develop a personal area of interest that encourages imagination, innovation and independence.

Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy is renowned for offering courses that allow students to move beyond JLA’s already extensive offerings and take deep dives into areas such as Abnormal Psychology, Entrepreneurship in a Global Context, International Relations, and Problem Solving with Engineering and Design. GOA courses earn graduation credits and are included on transcripts.

Academic Spotlights

Judaics

JLA is committed to accepting mission appropriate students who seek to grow in their understanding of and appreciation for Judaism, irrespective of any prior experience with Jewish learning and irrespective of their or their family’s personal level of observance. On campus and at all school functions, Jewish life and learning will be conducted from a Modern Orthodox perspective.

The focus of the Judaics curriculum will be the creation of a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Jewish ideas and practice, with less focus on the technical aspects of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic. Courses will be designed to expose students to the profundity of Jewish texts and the depth of Jewish tradition while fostering the creation of personal connections to their heritage that will last a lifetime.

A Sample of the Judaic Curriculum

7th Grade

• The Art of Jewish Prayer::• From Slavery to::Redemption: The Exodus::Story::• Hashem: The Jewish::Concept of God

9th Grade

• The Art of Jewish Prayer::• Risk & Revolt: The Stories ::of Purim & Chanukah::• History of the Holocaust: ::Part 1::• The Prime Ministers

10th Grade

• Maimonides: The Man & ::His Work::• GOT: The Rise & Fall of ::Israel’s Kings::• Rashi & Ramban: ::Commentary & Contrast

Students at JLA will take seven periods a week of Judaic Studies in addition to two periods a week of Hebrew Language. An optional daily period will also be available to students in all grades.

“Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

– Elon Musk

STEM

The goal of JLA’s STEM program is to introduce all students to the core competencies of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, while providing opportunities for students with interest and aptitude in these areas to extend their learning well beyond the parameters of a traditional classroom. Throughout the curriculum an emphasis is placed not only on mastery of content and discipline specific skills, but on fostering a student’s capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation.

Highlights of JLA’s STEM program include:

  • Outdoor horticulture, botany, and hydroponics labs
  • Cutting edge university level biology, chemistry, and
    physics labs
  • Full-scale virtual dissection tables designed for use in
    medical school anatomy labs
  • AOPS (Art of Problem Solving) track for mathematically
    gifted students
  • Next generation Fabrication Lab for engineering, robotics, and design
  • Curricular and extracurricular opportunities for independent, faculty-guided research
  • Opportunities to compete in regional, state, national,
    and international STEM competitions

The Arts

The arts at JLA are centered around the belief that creative and personal expression are a vital part of cognitive, social and emotional development. Thus, opportunities for such expression are available throughout our studio-based curriculum, with instruction in the digital, visual, and performing arts. In addition, JLA has a dual-focus music program which offers courses in live and recorded music, both of which produce music under JLA’s private label, JLA Studios.

The inclusion of digital music creation is part of JLA’s focus on digitization and collaboration, which are critical skills necessary for the world our students are headed to and which extend well beyond the sphere of music.

Highlights of JLA’s Arts program include:

  • Graphic Design and Animation
  • Video Production and Photography
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Ceramics and Sculpture
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Music Production and Sound Design
  • JLA Studios, JLA’s private-label Music Studio

“The imagination is an innate gift, but it needs refinement and cultivation: this is what the humanities provide.”

– Martha Nussbaum