Sinai Akiba Academy
Head of School
Los Angeles, California
Established in 1968, Sinai Akiba Academy (SAA) was the first non-Orthodox Jewish day school on the West Coast, representing the Conservative stream of Jewish religious life. Initially renting its facilities from Sinai Temple, the school and temple merged in 1986. Today, the two institutions occupy a full city block at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Beverly Glen. A series of building and renovation programs over the past three decades have enhanced school facilities, including a state-of-the-art innovation lab, new classrooms, and a Parenting Center. Two gymnasiums and a rooftop playground provide ample, well-designed space for the physical education program and playtime.
SAA’s endowment, currently valued at nearly $30 million, places it among the top ranks of Jewish day schools nationally. It is one of the highest endowed K-8 Jewish day schools in the country, reflecting the loyalty to and esteem in which families have held the school for decades. SAA’s prominence is enhanced by its affiliation with the 1,500-member Sinai Temple, one of the country’s leading Conservative synagogues.
For a Jewish day school on the west side of Los Angeles, the student population is surprisingly diverse. While all of the students are Jewish, a broad diversity of cultural, economic, and religious practices is reflected within the school community. Many students trace their traditions and connections to Europe, Iran, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Russia, Israel and beyond. Religious observance also ranges widely, from Modern Orthodox to minimally observant. The school’s generous financial aid program ensures that the student body is also economically diverse. All SAA families must become members of Sinai Temple.
Mission and Core Values
Sinai Akiba Academy engages students in the joy and discipline of learning. We nurture a community of ethical, critical thinkers who, shaped by our evolving Jewish tradition, walk through the world with confidence and humility.
Our core values serve as a pact with the sacred community we foster; one which continues to energize the present, explore the past, and embrace the future:
Sinai Akiba Academy at a Glance
2021-22 School-wide Enrollment (Toddler-Grade 8): 613
Early Childhood: 243
Lower School: 262
Middle School: 108
Employees: 140, including 78 full-time faculty Endowment (6/22): $27.3 million
Operating Budget: $16 million