Academics

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.

  • Adam Shapiro 

    Head of School
    973-602-3690
    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 2 members.

  • Rebecca Kurson 

    Lower School Faculty, Science
    973-602-3600
    University of Chicago - BA
    New York University - MA
    Caldwell University - Teaching Certification
    Bio
  • Jessica Wise 

    Lower School Faculty, General Studies
    Indiana University - BA
    Bank Street College - M.Ed.
    Bio

Upper School Faculty Spotlight

List of 3 members.

  • Janette Antiles 

    Mathematics Faculty - Upper School
    Barnard College, Columbia University - BA
    Columbia Business School - MBA
    NJ Board of Education, Alternate Route Program - Certificate
    Bio
  • Flora Musleah 

    Chair of Judaics Department - Upper School
    973-602-3657
    Columbia University - BA
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - BA
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - MA
    Jewish New Teacher Project/New Teacher Center - Mentor Certification
    Bio
  • Jonathan Hefetz 

    Language Arts Faculty - Upper School
    Binghamton University - BA
    Queens College - MS Ed.
    Bio