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.

JLA Leadership Training

Weekly seminars, a speaker series, and experiential activities designed to teach students the skills necessary for effective ethical and transformational leadership.

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.

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.

Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins

JLA has established a relationship with John Hopkins University in order to offer our students advanced college level courses while in middle school. Admission to the program is highly selective, and grades earned will be factored into the overall GPA.

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.

7th Grade

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


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


• Forces, Motion & Matter

Judaic Core

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


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


• 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