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Admission Season Begins

By Sarah Glass

The leaves on the trees are changing colors. The weather is turning crisp and cool and rainy. Classrooms have established their routines and students are fully immersed in their learning. These are all indications that we are ready to ramp up our admission season for the next school year! With a year under my belt in this position as PJA Admission Director, I can reflect on the successes of the previous year and the opportunities for growth and improvement in the coming year. 

Our Middle School now has 78 students - our largest enrollment in more than 10 years. Several of our lower school classes are at capacity. Our retention rate remains at an enviable 92%. These statistics indicate to me that we are serving our students and our families well and that we are providing the kind of rich program that we pride ourselves on.

And we can still do more. Here are some of the changes taking place in the Admission Department:

  • I am excited to welcome a new group of PJA Ambassadors which brings greater diversity and fresh ideas to that committee and will help us reach a bigger audience. 
  • We are strengthening the connection between the Day School and the Early Childhood Program so that all of our EC families know the compelling reasons to continue at PJA for Kindergarten and beyond.
  • We are focusing on retention by emphasizing community-building, accountability, story-telling, and welcoming and onboarding new families.
  • We are looking at how we can employ enrollment management tools to help us serve every family who wants a PJA education for their child.    

If you know someone looking for a school that will provide their child with academic challenges and support, with an understanding of their place in our community and the world, and with positive values to live by, share your story with them and invite them to our Open House on November 19th at 8:45 am. 

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Creative Kippot

PJA students wear kippot (head coverings) during Jewish Studies, tefillah (prayer), and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Most students wear a standard kippah provided by the school, but this year, the 5th grade class really stands out!

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