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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, Parshat HaShavua, 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
Elective classes shown in italics

6th
6th
Math

• Math 6::• Math 7::• Pre-Algebra (AoPS)::• Intro to Algebra (AoPS)

Judaic Core

• Rhythms of Jewish Life::• Shabbat: The Idea & Its::Practice::• From Birth to Death: The::Jewish Life Cycle

STEM

• Botany Basics::• Coding 1::• FabLab: Designers & Makers::• Gameopoly:::Math Challenges

Arts

• Foundations in Drawing & ::Painting::• Creative Movement::• Acting & Set Design::• Groove Workshop: Intro to ::Instrumentation

Judaic Elective

• The Wisdom of Our::Fathers: Pirkei Avot::• The Geography of Israel::• Navigating the Bible

Option 9A

• Becoming a Bat Mitzvah::• Journalism: Intro to Print::• Journalism: Intro to ::Broadcasting::• Yearbook

Option 9B

• Becoming a Bat Mitzvah::• Parsha in Depth::• Creative Writing: Fiction::• Graphic Organization: ::Visible Thinking

7th
7th
Math

• Math 7::• Pre-Algebra::• Intro to Algebra (AoPS)::• Intro to Geometry (AoPS)

Judaic Core

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

STEM

• Lab Rats::• Intro to Video Game Design::• FabLab: Solutions::• History of Mathematics

Arts

• Foundations in Ceramics- ::Sculpture::• Creative Movement::• Acting & Set Design::• Harmony House: Intro to ::Vocalization

Judaic Elective

• Loving Your Neighbor: The ::Obligation to Assist::• How Judaism Changed the World::• The Oral Torah

Option 9A

• Becoming a Bar Mitzvah::• Digital Branding &::Responsibility::• Electronic Sports::• Debate

Option 9B

• Becoming a Bar Mitzvah::• Parsha in Depth::• Botany Basics::• FabLab: Nuts & Bolts – ::Robotics

8th
8th
Social Science

• Power to the People ::• Civics / Supply, Demand & ::Amazon: Economics

Math

• Pre-Algebra::• Algebra 1::• Intro to Geometry (AoPS)::• Intermediate Algebra (AoPS)

Science

• Our World: It’s Alive::• HS Biology

Judaic Core

• Heroines: From Sarah to Esther::• Sibling Rivalry: From Issac to Joseph::• Lessons in Leadership: Trials & Travails

STEM

• Adventures in Health & ::Medicine::• Intro to App Design::• FabLab: Nuts & Bolts – ::Robotics::• Game Theory

Arts

• Intro to Digital ::Photography::• Creative Movement::• Steps and Styles::• Intro to Digital Music

Judaic Elective

• Jewish Community: From ::Ancient Times Until Today::• Let’s Eat! The Keys to ::Keeping Kosher::• Joshua & The Judges

Option 9A

• Mishnah 1::• International Bible Contest::• Creative Writing: Fiction::• Spanish 1

Option 9B

• Mishnah 1::• Mishnah 2::• Spanish 2

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Distinctive Experiences

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
Elective classes shown in italics

9th
9th
English

• Transcendentalism ::• Baldwin & the Blues::• Harlem Renaissance ::• Hemingway & Fitzgerald::• Shakespeare ::• Contributing Your Verse::• Novel Writing::• Journalism: Newspaper

Social Science

• World History: Our Trek ::Through Time::• International Business::• History of the Middle East

Math

• Algebra 1::• Geometry::• Intermediate Algebra::(AoPS)::• Pre-Calculus (AoPS)::• Math & Music::• Intro to Number Theory(AoPS)

Science

• Life: The Science of ::Biology::• Chemistry: Properties & ::Structures::• Zoology: Animal Kingdom::• Forensics: JLA-CSI::• Marine Biology: A World of ::Blue

Judaic Core

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

STEM

• Coding 2 & 3::• Programming: JAVA::• Robotics 1::• Intro to Artificial Intelligence::• Programming: Python

Arts

• Instrumental Workshop::• Jazz Band::• Digital Art & Design::• Drama 1/2

Judaic Elective

• What Comes Next? ::Mashiach, Heaven & The ::World to Come::• Tzedakah: Laws, Limits & ::Lessons::• Jewish Politics

Option 9A

• Costume Design::• Drama Production::• Tanach in Depth::• Espanol 1::• IOS App Design::• Principles of Engineering

Option 9B

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

10th
10th
English

• Holocaust Literature ::• Contributing Your Verse::• Dystopian Literature ::• Graphic Novels::• Literature of Color ::• American Jewish Literature::• Broadcast Journalism::• Screenplay Writing

Social Science

• History of the United States::• Microeconomics::• Psychology

Math

• Geometry::• Algebra 2::• Pre-Calculus (AoPS)::• Intro to Number Theory & Intermediate Counting & Probability (AoPS)

Science

• Chemistry: Properties & ::Structures::• Physics::• Anatomy & Physiology: ::From Head to Toe::• Botany & Horticulture: Plant Science

Judaic Core

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

STEM

• Intro to Engineering::• Principles of Engineering::• IOS App Design::• Data Science

Arts

• Vocal Workshop::• Video Production::• Digital Art & Design

Judaic Elective

• The Sephardic Experience:Taste, Sounds, & Sights::• Hasidut: A Spirtual Journey::• Mussar: Jewish Ethical Improvement

Option 9A

• Science Research::• Intermediate Counting & Probability (AoPS)::• Tanach in Depth 2::• Espanol 1

Option 9B

• Jazz Band::• Game Theory::• Intermediate Counting & Probability (AoPS)::• Talmud 1::• Espanol 2

11th
11th
English

• Jewish Literature::• Coming of Age::• Existentialism in Literature::• Culture & Identity::• Advanced Literature 11::• Debate 1/2::• Yearbook US

Social Science

• Human Geography::• Sociology::• History of the Americas::• Destruction & Rebirth: Modern Jewish History

Math

• Algebra 2::• Pre-Calculus::• Intro to Number Theory & Intermediate Counting & Probability (AoPS)::• Calculus (AoPS)

Science

• Physics::• Health Science & Medicine::• Astronomy: InfiniteUniverse::• Environmental Science: Sustainability::• Geology: Rock & Roll::• Forensics: JLA-CSI

Judaic Core

• Kohelet: The Search for Meaning::• A History of the Holocaust: ::Part 2::• Pursuit of Peace::• From Sovereignty to Exile: ::Jewish History I

STEM

• Virtual Reality (VR) &Augmented Reality (AR)::• Robotics 1::• Robotics 2::• IOS App Design::• Statistics

Arts

• 2 Dimensional Art::• 3 Dimensional Art::• Music Production & Sound Design::• Modern Movement

Judaic Elective

• Rav Kook & the Birth ofReligious Zionism::• Golda Meir: The Profile of a Jewish Leader::• The American / Israel Alliance

Hebrew/World Language

• Conversational Hebrew 3::• Conversational Hebrew 4::• Espanol 1::• Espanol 2::• Espanol 3

Option 9A

• International Business::• Jazz Band::• Tanach in Depth 3::• Scientific Research::• Espanol 2

Option 9B

• Hydroponics/Aquaculture::• Steps & Styles::• Talmud 2::• Espanol 3

12th
12th
English

• Banned Books::• Literature of Fear::• Advanced Literature 12::• Poetry::• Global Literature in Translation::• Competitive Debate::• Broadcast Journalism

Social Science

• American Government/Economics::• Ancestry: My People::• Psychology

Math

• Pre-Calculus::• Calculus::• Calculus (AoPS)::• Competition Prep (AoPS)::• Statistics

Science

• Health Science & Medicine::• Scientific Research::• Geology: Rock & Roll::• Astronomy: Infinite Universe::• Microbiology::• Botany & Horticulture: Plant Science

Judaic Core

• Jewish Bioethics::• The First Convert: The Story of Ruth::• The Denominational Divide::• Asheknaz & Sephard: Jewish History II::• Mystics & Mavericks: Jewish History III

STEM

• Machine Learning::• Game Theory::• Cryptology: Coded Messages::• Number Theory::• Genetics & Ancestry

Arts

• 2 Dimensional Art::• 3 Dimensional Art::• Drama 2::• Digital Photography::• Jazz Band

Judaic Elective

• The Jews of Latin America::• HaRav, The Rebbe, & TheRav::• A Jewish View of Intimacy &Relationships

Option 9A

• Robotics Competition(VEX)::• Meteorology & WeatherScience::• Tanach in Depth 4::• Scientific Research::• Espanol 3

Option 9B

• Talking Heads: Creating::Podcasts & Teaching Tools::• Talmud 3::• Electronic Sports::• Espanol 4

UPPER SCHOOL

Distinctive Experiences

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

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