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Historical Summary    

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, DKJA provides a rigorous college-preparatory liberal arts curriculum that features an intellectually stimulating Judaic studies program. DKJA’s interdisciplinary approach integrates ethics and Jewish values into all parts of the curriculum and emphasizes the importance of community service that contributes to tikkun olam (making the world a better place). The high school curriculum features a special Jewish Life program that focuses on the importance of connecting to our Jewish heritage and living a life that is rich in the Jewish tradition.

Below are a few historical details, which we hope will prove helpful to your understanding of the growth of DKJA and the Office of Institutional Advancement

Donna Klein Jewish Academy Historical Facts

1979 - DKJA is founded by a group of visionary parents with the help of the Palm Beach County Jewish Federation.

1979 - Doors open with 50 students in Grades 1 through 6. The school is known as South County Jewish Community Day School, a satellite campus of the Jewish Community Day School of Palm Beach County; the school is temporarily located at Temple Beth El.

1980 - South County Jewish Community Day School moves to 414 N.W. 35th Street in East Boca Raton.

1987 - The school is renamed Donna Klein Jewish Academy by Sam Klein in honor of his late wife, Donna.

1991 - 128 students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 are enrolled at the East Boca location; in August, the enrollment grows to 250 when DKJA moves to its current location on the Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus.

1993 - DKJA expands to include the Jacob and Anita Penzer Upper School, joining the Solomon and Rose Turetsky Kindergarten Center to become a Kindergarten through Grade 8 school.

1998 - DKJA expands to include the High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

2004 - DKJA celebrates 25 years with the theme "More than a School . . . a Family," and celebrates the graduation of its third and largest High School class.

2005 - DKJA launches its five-year strategic plan, "Atid - Visions of the Future," with an enrollment of 650 in Kindergarten through Grade 12.

2006 - A leader in technology through the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Technology Program K-12, DKJA is nominated as Florida’s first SMART BoardTM Showcase School, featuring interactive whiteboards in every classroom; Orchestra Program is established.

2007 - Kindergarten through Grade 12 enrollment exceeds 700.

2009 - DKJA Board of Trustees Presidents Lesley Zafran and Michael Beckerman, and Head of School Karen Feller, announce plans for the relocation of the High School at DKJA (situated in portable trailers on 95th Avenue South) to the former Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center Administration Building; the new location is directly adjacent to the DKJA Lower and Middle Schools on the DKJA main campus. This milestone was reached thanks to Ms. Linda R. Kaminow, President of the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Foundation, who arranged for a truly magnanimous gift that enabled expansion of the High School to the main campus in a fully renovated and reconfigured academic building. Ms. Kaminow came forward as President of the Rosenblatt Foundation to arrange for the largest gift in DKJA’s recent history to fund the total remodeling.

In the fall of 2009, upon completion of the extensive renovation project, the High School at DKJA is relocated to the main campus. The newly renovated building can accommodate 175 students in a state-of- the-art academic environment. In August of 2009, the doors of the new home of the High School DKJA open. On June 6, 2010, a special Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony honoring Ms. Kaminow takes place following the graduation ceremony for the Class of ’10.

2010 - In the fall of 2010, DKJA introduces the first Junior Kindergarten program. The goal of Jr. K is to provide differentiated, developmentally appropriate instruction for each child that facilitates a challenging transition for students to move into Kindergarten the following year. DKJA’s enrollment reaches 706.

DKJA becomes the only Jr. K - 12 Jewish Day School in the country to have the honor of becoming a FranklinCovey Leader In Me School. FranklinCovey partners with the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) Miami to develop an enriching leadership program infused with Jewish text and values. DKJA will be a model leadership institute for schools throughout the United States.

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