Thank you so much for the excellent retrospective article about the founding of The Davis Academy [see the March 29 issue of the AJT].
Our school is indeed fortunate to have had such a visionary group of individuals including Rabbi Sugarman, Jan Epstein and Carol Nemo and families such as the Davises and Rosenbergs, as well as so many others, whose perseverance and commitment took the nascent idea of a Reform Jewish day school in Atlanta to a successful reality.
Twenty years later, Davis Academy families and graduates, whose lives have been enriched because of their dream, are deeply grateful for the gift of this school. The Davis Academy now has 630 graduates and over 610 enrolled students in Mechina: Kindergarten Prep through eighth grade. We are proud that Davis has grown up to be a school known for both high academic standards and a warm community steeped in Reform Jewish values and traditions.
In our most recent re-accreditation from SACS, Davis was praised for its innovation, commitment to excellence and atmosphere of mutual respect. Here, students are shooting for the stars. In the past few months alone, Davis students have taken top honors in national math and state-wide technology competitions as well as second place honors in the prestigious national CSPAN VideoCam contest.
Beyond awards, Davis students are reaching their personal potentials every day under the guidance and encouragement of a caring, talented faculty – in classrooms, in the arts, in athletics, in the community and even spiritually – and that’s what it’s really all about.
And while we are still a relatively young school, our alumni tell us over and over that their years at Davis gave them the very strongest foundation for the challenges beyond – at high school, in college and now in careers. Our graduates tell the Davis story: They are a valedictorian at Westminster and a medical student in Israel; they are teachers and Wall Street executives; they are b’nai mitzvah tutors and BBYO presidents and baseball team captains and leads on the stage.
We owe all this to the community’s support and the outstanding leadership we have been blessed with during these first two decades of our school’s life. As The Davis Academy celebrates this milestone year, we say a heartfelt thanks to all who made it possible thus far – even as we look ahead to the very bright future we are building for our school today.
Sam Tuck, President, Davis Academy Board of Trustees