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K-8th Grade


Portland Jewish Academy students receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders. Our rigorous academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.

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PJA applications for the 2023-24 school year are now open!  

Visit K-8TH ADMISSIONS for important dates, information and to apply!

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Spotlights on Programs at PJA

Justice Campfire Sing-along

The power and passion of our 5th grade were on full display in the protest songs they wrote and shared this week at the Justice Campfire Sing-along. The students were introduced to the history of protest songs through their novel study of One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.

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Festival of Dionysus

In 7th grade, students are studying the Cornerstones of Culture, a unit of study that covers a variety of subject areas: Geography and Natural Resources, Economy, Social Structure, Technology, Government, Arts & Entertainment, Religion, Language, and Story.

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Fifth-grade student, Piper, recently made a presentation to the fourth-grade class about the A4 Revolution in China. Piper first learned about the topic after her teacher addressed it during a class discussion on current events. Piper explains, “Miss Janet likes to keep us aware of what’s going on in the world.”

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High School Alumni

One of our favorite events of the year took place this week. High School Information Night is a chance to welcome back recent PJA alumni to speak to current PJA 8th graders and their families about what the transition to high school was like for them. 

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