Inspire a community of students to transform the world

About Us

Welcome Letter from the Head of School

Shalom and welcome! We are delighted to share Austin Jewish Academy with you. You will find that students at AJA are expressive, creative problem-solvers, secure in their Jewish identities and excited to learn. That’s no coincidence.

We teach students the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. Our Project Based Learning curriculum connects classroom experiences to the real world and encourages personal choice from kindergarten through graduation. Pop your head into a classroom at AJA and you’ll see incredible student engagement; from elementary students writing and performing plays about different perspectives on Torah stories to our middle schoolers delving into social entrepreneurship. We believe that being able to express yourself through collaboration, presentations, and creative pursuits is a crucial component for success.

Our students are excited to learn, and that joy in education is possible because of the unique environment at our school. We believe in Whole Child Education and providing a safe environment for our students to learn and grow through Dr. Becky Bailey’s research-based philosophy Conscious Discipline and the careful attention we give to Social Emotional Learning. When we teach the next generation the value of both personal resilience and compassion to ourselves and others, we can inspire a community of students to transform the world guided by timeless Jewish values and traditions.

We invite you to explore our website and click here to contact our admissions office and schedule a tour.

Cheryl HershSincerely,
Cheryl Hersh
Head of School


History & Philosophy

Since opening its doors in 1997, Austin Jewish Academy (AJA) has been committed to preparing young minds both for their academic careers and for their roles as critically-thinking leaders. AJA’s progressive and rigorous curriculum for Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade provides opportunities for hands-on, collaborative learning within a nurturing environment and is built upon high expectations based on individual student profiles. We are an inclusive community of learners, with a faculty dedicated to inspiring a life-long love of learning and to developing a meaningful connection to Jewish life past and present. At AJA, we empower students to reach their full potential both in the classroom and in the world at large by instilling our core values: tikkun olam, community, tradition, empowerment, excellence and integrity. Our approach is to partner together with parents as we raise our students. Together, these factors ensure Austin Jewish Academy graduates are today’s accomplished, innovative thinkers and tomorrow’s compassionate problem-solvers and leaders.

Austin Jewish Academy is a community Jewish day school open to all students and is affiliated with RAVSAK, a non-profit organization that promotes pluralistic non-denominational Jewish education. AJA receives accreditation through AdvancED and is sustained with the generous financial support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin.

Mission Statement

To create a better world by raising students to their full academic, social, physical and spiritual potential guided by timeless Jewish values and traditions.

Vision Statement

Inspire a community of students to transform the world.

Core Values