Lander-Grinspoon Academy is an independent Jewish day school in the Pioneer Valley welcoming children of families from all Jewish traditions and backgrounds. Our mission is to provide a rich, academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment.
LGA emerged from a small group of parents who were motivated by a desire to provide an excellent education along with a strong, informed Jewish identity for their children. Searching for an alternative to existing options, this small group of parents decided to create a Jewish day school for families in the Pioneer Valley. Since the first Kindergarten class began in one rented room in 1996, LGA has grown into an open and diverse Jewish community, rich in its ability to provide an outstanding and meaningful education, Kindergarten through 6th grade.
LGA’s goals are to:
– engender a love of learning and a positive Jewish identity;
– maximize the intellectual, emotional, social, ethical, and spiritual development of each student;
– impart knowledge and skills enabling students to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and caring, responsible citizens; and
– foster an appreciation of the centrality of Israel in modern Jewish life.
Our high standards of academic excellence and forward-looking general studies curriculum provides stimulating, in-depth instruction in the core disciplines of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. We place great value in supporting active inquiry and mastery by encouraging each child to excel to the best of his or her abilities.
At LGA, we have a creative dual-language Hebrew curriculum. Our Judaics curriculum is presented in an egalitarian framework encompassing the study of Jewish history and culture, Israel, text study, an array of religious observances, and various spiritual practices.
At the heart of our mission is teaching Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Integral to all parts of our curriculum are social and ethical components that teach children compassion, respect, and the importance of diversity and equality. Our seasoned educators create a warm, nurturing, and creative environment that cultivates self-esteem, encourages success, and serves a variety of learning styles.