Programs

Middle School

"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 '13
    • Learn how our Middle School fosters each student’s individual skills with an eye on their social and emotional well-being.

Physical, Mental, and Social Growth

We allow our students increased independence in learning and lead them through a rigorous and meaningful dual curriculum that is appropriate for this age and phase of life. Because this is an age of accelerated growth and change, our faculty provides a stable and supportive base from which students can become increasingly independent. We believe in open communication, limit-setting, and lots of love. Our tefillah and formal and informal Judaic Studies programs support the skills that students will need for b’nai mitzvah. Students transition from our Middle School to our High School ready to tackle new academic challenges and increased growth of their Jewish identity and knowledge.

Our Middle School curriculum is integrated, yet carefully tailored for each grade. Our sixth grade team consists of a small group of teachers whose primary focus is transitioning students to Middle School and acting as advisors. During seventh grade, most students turn 13 and celebrate with each other as they become b’nai mitzvah. We recognize the excitement and pressure of this year and work to help our students grow socially, academically, and religiously. Eighth graders accept more responsibility for their learning as they prepare for the rigor of High School. In eighth grade, students also begin studying Spanish.

By the time they leave Middle School, our eighth graders have also learned to be role models to younger students and gained greater understanding of the importance of leadership within the context of a Jewish community.