About Us

About Us

Welcome Letter from the Principal

Shalom! Thank you for visiting the Austin Jewish Academy!  We are a student-centered, independent Jewish day school in a thriving city.

You will find that our community is bursting at the seams with talent.  Our faculty follow their passions and deliver a sensational, transformative curriculum.  Our students think outside and beyond the box in ways that elicits excitement about learning among themselves.  Their learning dynamically leaps from their desks into collaborative and innovative projects that extend far into our community.  Each year, our families’ daring commitment to the AJA offers the support we need to achieve our dream school. 

While we are guided by timeless Jewish values, our AJA community is made up of Jews and non-Jews alike.  Observance levels vary widely, and we embrace this diversity as a strength.  We are a welcoming and inclusive community that champions the education of the entire student through rigorous academics and deeply rooted, values-based social-emotional learning.  Together, we empower each other and, in particular, our children to boldly take on and transform our world. 

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

Sincerely,
Chris Aguero
                            

History

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. Austin Jewish Academy is a community Jewish day school open to all students and is affiliated with Prizmah, 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.

Educational Philosophy

During the nine-year span from Kindergarten through Grade 8, children deserve a relevant, rigorous and joyful academic and co-curricular program. With that in mind, three points of focus guide Austin Jewish Academy’s educational philosophy: Project Based Learning, Social Emotional Learning, and Jewish Studies.

Students at Austin Jewish Academy take ownership of their learning within the framework and guidance provided by our exceptional faculty. The Project Based Learning curriculum teaches students to collaboratively solve real-world problems. Teachers work together to meet individual student’s needs, so every child experiences deeper learning and develops high expectations of personal excellence.

We are an inclusive community of learners, and integrate Social Emotional Learning at every level within our school culture to empower students to navigate the world in a healthy way and enable sound decision making. Students develop strong relationships with their classmates, across grade levels, and with faculty. Graduates move on to high school with character, confidence, and the ability to self-advocate.

We are dedicated to inspire in our students an enduring commitment to spiritual growth and a meaningful connection to Jewish life now and for the future. As a community day school, AJA acknowledges and honors the diverse spectrum of Jewish life, instead of teaching one “right or wrong way” to practice Judaism. Learning about Judaism is also about living Jewish values and traditions, not just in the Jewish Studies classroom but as an integral part of school culture.

Our exceptional community of families and teachers raises our students to be today’s accomplished, innovative thinkers and tomorrow’s compassionate problem-solvers and leaders.

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

IntegrityPracticing honesty, respect, kindness and compassion.Tradition
Learning through timeless Jewish values and Torah, infusing students’ lives with meaning and purpose.Empowerment
Providing students with the tools to reach their full potential.Community
Collectively raising our children within a safe and nurturing environment.ExcellenceChallenging students across all disciplines with the highest standards and an integrated curriculum to create life-long learners.Tikkun Olam

Creating a model community and improving the welfare of society at large.