PJA may look small from the front, but once you're inside you see how vast our facilities are--over 80,000 square feet. There’s plenty of room for kids to grow during their years at PJA and explore everything we have to offer.
PJA has modern classrooms, playing fields, and three separate playgrounds.
Over the summer and fall of 2017, PJA transformed a number of spaces to better support the collaborative and project-based learning we do. The heart of our school is the Learning Commons, which combines our library with technology stations and soft-seating areas for students and faculty to gather and learn together. We have a music room, two art studios and a Maker Space with problem-solving tools that our students use, whether building wood structures or creating electronic and digital circuitry. Our Beit Medrash is a lovely spiritual gathering space and place of study, housing PJA’s Jewish learning collection. We also have a culinary classroom, where students learn cooking skills, using fresh vegetables from PJA’s garden.
PJA is proud of student accomplishments and we show it. We have project bulletin boards in the hallways, art hanging in many places, news bulletins and kudos posted throughout our building to show our entire community the great things our students are doing.
Portland Jewish Academy shares a building and campus with the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. As a result, PJA has access to spaces many schools may not have.
PJA Physical Education classes from preschool through the 8th grade often use the MJCC gym or Sportsplex with all these spaces we have to offer. In the gym the kids play basketball, floor hockey, tennis, and assorted games. In the Sportsplex, soccer and gymnastics are king. In our 3rd and 4th grade classes, P.E. is held in the pool because our students get swim class, perfecting strokes and skills.
Our school assemblies are held in the fully appointed MJCC ballroom, complete with stage, sound system, audio-visual capabilities and large viewing screens. Israeli Dance often happens in the ballroom so the children have room to spread out and have fun while dancing.
After school, PJA students can take advantage of all the MJCC has to offer. Whether it’s sports, art, dance, or swim, the MJCC has a wide variety of activities for the after school hours.
To visit the MJCC web site, click here.