Every Voice Matters
We cultivate a community that’s both intentionally small and thoughtfully growing. We’re a school where every child is known, every voice matters, and every family belongs; where we learn from our different experiences, and we welcome—truly, warmly—students and families of all faiths or no faith.
Our faculty and staff nurture strong relationships founded on respect, collaboration, and kindness. Our students form bonds based on both shared experiences and important differences. Our parents are active participants in the life of the school, sharing their histories and cultures and giving their time and energy.
Through a plethora of unique traditions, special events, assemblies, and field trips, our students learn leadership skills, gain a collaborative spirit, and learn how to be their best for themselves and for others.
We offer a growing list of after-school programs—a way to inspire our students and support our families.
Recent programs include:
Super Soccer Stars
and private piano and guitar lessons
Another option: Scholar’s Haven, where students get a jump-start on homework, read, play, or participate in an activity led by one of our after-school faculty.
A Few Favorite Traditions
Ancient World Festival: Sixth grade festival highlighting ancient artifacts—the culmination of a year of studying ancient civilizations.
Bear Mountain Family Hike: Optional trip to Bear Mountain for a day of hiking.
First Fridays: Monthly event when parents may attend morning classes and learn with their child.
Holiday Program: All-school holiday music performance.
School Musical: Annual Upper School performance showcasing singing, acting, and dancing.
Spring Chorus: Annual Lower School music performance.
Talent Show: Whole-school event where students get to share their hidden talents and passions.
Thankful Gathering: All-school Thanksgiving lunch with all the fixings.
AOSJ Voices“My son grew so much from attending the Academy. He’ll enter high school with a great educational foundation. But more than that, he’s become such an aware person. He thinks about how to bring something to the world that will make it better. This is a school that nurtures good students—and great people.”
- Kathleen Cunningham P'22