Our Program

Golda Och Academy is a rich learning environment for students grades Pre-K-12. Although our age groups vary, our approach is comprehensive. We base our curriculum on the principles of the Solomon Schechter Day School movement, in which traditional classroom instruction is integrated with Jewish identity and knowledge. 

We raise the bar high

We expect a lot from our students, but we support them fully as they grow and stretch the boundaries of their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. At every level, academic learning is enriched by special subjects, such as art, music, and physical education. Technology is key to what we do. Our classrooms are equipped with computers, SMARTboards, iPads, and ceiling projectors as valuable tools in the learning process. Varied venues of learning — in classrooms, at extracurricular activities, and on trips — capture the enthusiasm and interest of students at every age and phase of development and promote their love of learning, leadership skills and their social and academic self-confidence.
"Golda Och Academy's small class sizes and accessibility to its faculty allowed me to feel confident speaking up in classroom discussion and approaching faculty with my questions. This skill proved invaluable when I encountered large classroom settings in college and navigated them with ease."

—Leah Schwartz, Alumni

Faculty Directory

List of 1 members.

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    Adam Shapiro 

    Head of School
    Emory University - BA
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - MA
    Day School Leadership Training Institute (JTS) - Certificate
    Harvard Graduate School of Education - Certificate

Lower School Faculty Spotlight

List of 3 members.

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    Debra Feldman 

    Science Faculty, Lower School
    Rutgers University - BS
    New Jersey City University - MA
    William Patterson College - NJ Teacher's Certification
  • Photo of Alexis Gruber

    Alexis Gruber 

    Lower School Faculty, Judaic Studies
    Wurzweiler School of Social Work - MSW, Jewish Studies Certificate
    Indiana University - BA
  • Photo of Jessica Wise

    Jessica Wise 

    General Studies Faculty, Lower School
    Indiana University - BA
    Bank Street College - MA Ed

Upper School Faculty Spotlight

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Janette Antiles

    Janette Antiles 

    Mathematics Faculty, Upper School
    Barnard College, Columbia University - BA
    Columbia Business School - MBA
    NJ Board of Education, Alternate Route Program - Teacher Certification
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    Jonathan Hefetz 

    Language Arts Department Chair, Upper School
    Binghamton University - BA
    Queens College - MS Ed
  • Photo of Flora Musleah

    Flora Musleah 

    Dean of Faculty, Judaic Studies Faculty, Upper School
    Columbia University - BA
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - BA, Teaching Certification
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - MA
    Jewish New Teacher Project/New Teacher Center - Mentor Certification