Welcome from Head of School

Welcome to the Calgary Jewish Academy. Thank you for taking the first step in discovering how the CJA can support the development of a strong Jewish Identity and increase the academic and leadership potential of your child.

The CJA has a century-long legacy educating children who have and will continue to shape the future of Calgary, Canada and beyond. Our philosophy is simple but effective: from Nursery through to Grade 9, we provide a safe, supportive and challenging environment.  Our goal is to explore with students the concepts of Jewish community, identity as well as put Jewish values and beliefs into action.  Our students are challenged in a rigorous dual curriculum, with fifty percent of their studies in Alberta Curriculum and fifty percent in Judaic Studies.  

We also have a strong connection with our Alumni – including those from the Calgary Hebrew School and the I.L. Peretz School.

We hope you will explore our website and find out more about our enriched Curriculum and the exciting School Life at the CJA, which includes;  Outdoor Camp at Grade Five, Government of Alberta Trip in Grade Six,  First Nations and Judaic Studies Trip to Salt Spring Island in Grade Seven, Washington – Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Trip in Grade Eight and the culminating Grade Nine Experience to Israel.

If you are interested in a tour or enrolment, please Contact Us for more information.

Ms. Brenda English  assumed the Principalship The Calgary Jewish Academy in January of 2016.  In September of 2017 she assumed the role of Head of School. Prior to taking the position at the CJA, Ms. English  was an Administrator and Principal in six schools, both in Alberta and British Columbia.  Brenda has decades of experience in schools across grades 1-12.  Her passion for creating success for all learners and her ability to lead her staff to success will provide the CJA students with a “Future Wise” learning program.  Brenda’s academic preparation is as follows: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts – English, Professional Teacher Certification,  Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Counselling, Masters of Technology in Online Learning.