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What Sets Us Apart

Get More Out of School

Our curriculum gives students a solid foundation of skills and content in all academic areas while fostering the use of critical thinking and reasoning, integrated information literacy, collaboration, self-direction and invention in a rigorous, relevant and engaging environment. 

But an education at Sinai Akiba Academy is so much more than just a high-quality curriculum. Explore the unique programs that enhance the learning experience and help your child achieve more than they imagined possible.

The Power of Two Languages

From kindergarten through 8th Grade, your child learns in both English and Hebrew every day.
Through immersive dual language instruction in Hebrew and English, our students reap the proven cognitive and social benefits of learning in more than one language, engaging authentically with Jewish texts and traditions on a daily basis.
As extensive research has shown, students who learn a second language (or third or fourth…) can approach all their subjects—from math to science to art and beyond—from different perspectives, giving them significant intellectual and personal advantages.  
While she grows increasingly proficient in Hebrew, she tackles academic and cultural challenges with compassion and ingenuity. She makes meaning of our ancient texts, forms a personal connection to prayer, and delves into the themes of holidays and modern Jewish history.
He prepares for his bar mitzvah, our capstone 8th Grade trip to Israel, and a lifetime of experiences and encounters he has only begun to imagine.

Marc Becker '00

Sinai Akiba taught me Jewish involvement and literacy. I knew what was going on in synagogues around the world since Hebrew is a universal language.

Transformative Travels

Cultivating your child’s innate curiosity, we offer inspiring encounters in nearby neighborhoods and across the globe.

In our own city of Los Angeles, students meet internationally renowned artists, scientists, and politicians at museums and institutions. Your child also travels to Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu, and to Sacramento and Washington, D.C., deepening his definitions of self, community, and nation.

In 7th Grade, your child participates in an exchange program with a local Muslim school, fostering profound mutual discoveries.

In 8th Grade, your child’s education culminates in a life-changing, two-week journey to Israel. Experiencing our core value, ahavat yisrael, love of Israel, he engages with Israel’s land, people, language, and history, building community and gaining independence at the same time.

Your child returns filled with cherished memories, strengthened friendships, and new ideas that guide and challenge him all his life. Later in the fall, when he embarks on his first day of high school, he does so with a confident sense of self and humble awareness of his place in the larger narrative of the Jewish people.


Judaica, Science, Engineering, Arts, and Math

You might call our J-STEAM program “tinkering with a purpose.” From age two through graduation, your child dives into hands-on, interdisciplinary investigations that place her discoveries in the larger context of history, values, and culture, laying a foundation for success in our ever-evolving world.

Our Innovation Lab is a hub of design thinking, experimentation and creativity, where your child collaborates and takes risks with her classmates—wondering, inventing, and engaging with our curriculum in exciting new ways.

Our coding and robotics program prepares her for the constantly developing, increasingly tech-driven environment. Students build creative confidence and, even in Kindergarten, understand that they are problem solvers and programmers, inventors, and engineers.

We invite you to visit and see our young innovators in action.
“From building robots to learning how to program, classes are fun, hands-on experiences where we get to exercise our creativity and develop critical thinking skills.”

Student Support Services

List of 8 members.

  • Photo of MaryLynne Kerman

    MaryLynne Kerman 

    Director of Student Services and Literacy
  • Photo of Rebecca Furer

    Rebecca Furer 

    Lower School General Studies Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Andrea Ackerman

    Andrea Ackerman 

    Licensed Psychologist
    (818) 713-1006
  • Photo of Galina Ferd

    Galina Ferd 

    Lower School Judaic Studies Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Daisy Perez

    Daisy Perez 

    School Counselor
  • Photo of Kathleen Smith

    Kathleen Smith 

    School Nurse
    (310) 475-6401 x3288
  • Photo of Joy Smith

    Joy Smith 

    Middle School General Studies Learning Specialist
  • Photo of Alexis Spenchian

    Alexis Spenchian 

    Advanced Learning Teacher
We're glad you're here! Sinai Akiba Academy is proud to offer learning support, gifted education, and psychological support services.  

Through our learning specialists, we provide support for students throughout the grade levels in both general and Judaic studies so that every student experiences academic progress and success. Services may be provided individually, in small groups, and/or in the classroom. Schedules and groupings are made based on the strengths and needs of each individual student, creating the most optimal learning environment for all.

Our team endeavors to build an understanding of learning differences for students, faculty, and parents.  We also help to facilitate communication and collaboration between these individuals, as well as with outside providers.

Through our school psychologist, counselor, and school nurse, we ensure that all students’ emotional, behavioral, social, and health needs are met.  It is through this integration of services and providers that we can care for the whole child.

The Student Services Department has allowed students with a broad range of abilities to receive a Jewish education and has prepared them for high school and university educations upon graduation.  Our program has become a model which is shared with other private and Jewish day schools in the community.

If you would like to discuss any of the offerings of the Student Services Department, please contact:
MaryLynne Gyster, Director of Student Services & Literacy at (310) 481-3238
Sinai Akiba Academy is a private Jewish day school in Los Angeles, serving students in Early Childhood through Grade 8. We also offer a variety of parenting classes and programs for children through our Parenting Center. A Sinai Temple school.

Sinai Akiba Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.