A journey through the CJA: Open House January 25

Calgary Jewish Academy is having an Open House on January 25.

By Joseph Tappenden

(Calgary) – When you walk through the doors of the CJA for the first time, you will see that we are more than just a school. We are an educational community that lays the foundation for lifelong learning and empowers students to engineer the future. As a school, we continue to grow and innovate as a result of the partnership we share with our families. Our mission is to foster community, character and confidence. Jewish Values and Tikkun Olam are integrated in everything that we do, whether it be at school, at home or within our community.

Our Early Years program focuses on teaching our youngest a love for learning and intellectual curiosity through open ended play. We put an emphasis on teaching the value of menschlekiet (striving to be a good person) which includes teaching the foundations of friendship, diversity and inclusion. With the CJA being a safe space, our students are encouraged to take risks with their learning, which is necessary for reflection, feedback and accelerated growth. We equip our students with behaviors and mindsets to inspire an entrepreneurial spirit, become ethical citizens and achieve their full potential of becoming the next generation of community leaders.

In elementary school, students are provided with developmentally appropriate opportunities to take ownership of their learning. Through our rigorous dual curriculum, students are given plenty of opportunities for cross curricular learning, providing memorable and meaningful learning experiences. The added benefit of our dual curriculum is that students are taught effective learning strategies to benefit them through the elevated pace of learning.  As students grow, they will acquire the grade level skills, habits and core competencies that will be beneficial for future success. As students graduate through our elementary program, they have every opportunity to discover the world around them and to explore their Jewish identity from within.

When students enter Junior High, their journey at the CJA becomes more focused & empowering. Students are given the opportunity to effect change in our school and community. With the benefit of smaller class sizes and the work they do with their academic specialists, students are provided the ability to lead and inspire others. With a focus on critical thinking, evaluation and academics, students are empowered to advocate for themselves and community as they move beyond the CJA classroom.

Where ever you are in your Jewish journey, we’re with you. The CJA will enrich your child’s Jewish identity and help them develop a love and appreciation for being Jewish.

Every student matters, and every student is unique. With a focus on community, Tikkun Olam and academic excellence, CJA students are transformed into menches, innovators and leaders.

CJA is more than just a school, and your child is more than just a student.

Should you wish to learn more about the Calgary Jewish Academy, visit: www.cja.ab.ca

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