Portland Jewish Academy is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and is proud of our partnership with them in strengthening our local Jewish community as well as the global community.

Admission Policy + Process

PJA Lower and Middle School

Portland Jewish Academy is an inclusive Jewish Community Day School, and a non-profit organization. PJA's integrated project-based learning, which includes Jewish Studies and Hebrew, presents our students with a challenging academic milieu. Our admission policies and procedures flow from this standard and are in place to ensure the success of each child as an individual and of the group as a whole.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Portland Jewish Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. PJA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Applications and Admission Process

Please see our dates and deadlines for pertinent date information. We accept applications past our deadline, if space permits. If classes are full, students will be placed in a wait pool. Application is made by returning the application packet with the application fee of $50 to the school office.

Please contact the admission office at 503.535.3599 for more information.

To request information online, click here.

Kindergartners must be five by September 1 of the upcoming school year.

Click here to view additional admission form requirements.

Students entering grades 2 through 5 must visit PJA for at least half a day preceding the school year for which they have applied. Faculty members will do an informal observation and the Admission Director will do a formal assessment of your child at that time. The Admission Director will meet with you and your student following this visit.

Students entering PJA's middle school spend a full day at PJA preceding the school year for which they have applied.

Once the application has been received, and a copy of school records, teacher referrals and family questionnaire collected, each applicant will meet with our Admission Director. Once the entire process is completed, our Admission Committee will determine admission together.

Transfer and Admissions During the School Year

PJA welcomes students during the school year at specific times and if space permits. Because our curriculum includes Hebrew and Jewish Studies, PJA may require parents to provide tutoring or other in-school or after school support. All such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by administrators after consulting with parents and teachers.

Admission Notification

After applicants have gone through the application process, the Admission Committee will meet. Acceptance will be conditional upon receipt of all of the required information and review of applicants by the admission committee. A timely notification of acceptance will follow.

PJA reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant or to expel any enrolled student if the admission or continued enrollment would, in the sole judgment of the Principal, be detrimental to the interests of PJA. Admission and continued enrollment at PJA is subject to all of PJA's policies and conditions, as amended from time to time.