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Jewish Academy of Orlando kicks off school year with increases


August 31, 2018

Students proudly share their goals for the future on the first day of school at the Jewish Academy of Orlando.

The Jewish Academy of Orlando began the new school year with advances in student retention and enrollment, as well as improvements in the technology and fine arts programs.

Year-over-year enrollment increased 14 percent, and the school achieved a 95 percent retention rate, an improvement from prior years.

"We are excited to begin the school year with such positive momentum in recruitment and enrollment," Head of School Alan Rusonik stated.

For years, Jewish Academy has been a technology leader with 1:1 iPad and computer programs, innovation lab, and other advances. This year, the school's technology offerings include upgrades to robotics, coding, 3D printing, and programming capabilities; all made possible through a matching grant from a generous donor.

In addition to the expansion of its technology department, the fine arts program continues to grow. The school was one of 10 schools chosen to participate in a grant by the highly prestigious Teacher Institute for the Arts program, sponsored by Kol HaOt Art Institute, under the auspices of American/Israeli artist David Moss. Jewish Academy's art teacher, Penny Goldstein, stated, "We are excited that our teachers are now trained with cutting edge techniques to integrate art and Judaic studies."

Rusonik added, "We pride ourselves in continually making improvements to the school to make the student, parent, and family experiences the best they can be. We look forward to sharing even more exciting news and advances in the coming months."

To learn more about the Jewish Academy of Orlando, please visit https://www.jewishacademyorlando.org or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JewishAcademyOrlando.


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