AJA-at-a-Glance

AJA-at-a-Glance

Type of School

Austin Jewish Academy is a kindergarten through eighth grade co-ed independent school not affiliated with any particular movement or synagogue.  Wherever you fall on the spectrum of Jewish practice, you will find an educational home here.

Faculty

Every student at AJA knows that they are cared for. With an average of 11 students per class, every voice is heard and valued.  Approximately half our faculty and staff have graduate-level degrees.

Curriculum

In addition to strengths in STEM, language arts, math, art, and Modern Hebrew, AJA is known for using a project-based learning curriculum, meaningful integration of secular and Jewish studies, attention to social-emotional learning and employment of the Conscious Discipline approach to classroom management.  Third grade and up are reinventing the classroom experience with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an award-winning STEM curriculum with pathways in computer science, robotics and automation, design, and environmental studies. All instruction is in English (except for Hebrew and Spanish classes).

Our Campus & Facilities

What started as 40 acres of unoccupied land in Northwest Austin, became the home of the Dell Jewish Community Campus in 2000 and is the hub of Jewish life in Central Texas. Austin Jewish Academy is located in Northwest Austin on the DJCC at 7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX 78731. In partnership with Shalom Austin, AJA’s facilities include the pool, soccer field, running track, and stage at the JCC.  Outdoor Academy has enabled us to hold classes in person and safely through the COVID-19 crisis.  AJA’s Science and Innovation Center has a state-of-the-art lab, greenhouse, and chicken coop. Additionally facilities include library, fully-equipped science lab, art studio, and light-filled classrooms.

Diversity

Countries represented by our diverse families and faculty include Israel, Russia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, India, South Africa, Canada, Peru, and Mexico.

Enrollment

Approximately 127 students.

School Day

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM, M-T
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Friday

Communities Served

AJA serves families in communities throughout Austin including Northwest Hills, Central Austin, Downtown, Round Rock, South Austin, Circle C, and Westlake.

Tuition Assistance

We believe every family should have access to Jewish education. Approximately $595,000 of Tuition Assistance was given this year.

Membership & Accreditation

Accredited through AdvancED, member of Prizmah and ISM (Independent School Management)

High School Placement

AJA students are admitted to the best private, magnet, and public high schools in Austin including LASA, St. Stephens, McCallum High School Performing Arts, Westwood, and more.

Athletics

After school athletics are offered starting in fourth grade. Sports include soccer, basketball, track, tennis, football, and volleyball.