David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.
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Surrounded by supporters including Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, AJA Head of School Rabbi Ari Leubitz cuts the blue ribbon in front of the new Upper School building.
Atlanta Jewish Academy celebrated the opening of the $9 million, 19,000-square-foot addition to its Northland Drive campus in Sandy Springs with a ribbon cutting and the Jaguar Games on Sunday, Nov. 12.
The building for the Upper School opened to students in late October, a couple of months into the 2017-18 school year.
It’s the first year that the entire school, from early childhood through 12th grade, has been on one campus since AJA formed in 2014 through the merger of Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Sandy Springs and Yeshiva Atlanta High School in Doraville.
High-schoolers can eat lunch or just hang out in the student commons.
The building features three state-of-the-art science labs, a beit midrash and a student commons with breakout rooms for study sessions. Outside, the new Upper School features a separate entrance and parking lot, as well as a regulation soccer field.
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Below: The Jaguar Games enable AJA students and families to celebrate the official opening of the Upper School building with contests and other activities.
Photos: Upper School
The makers lab in the Upper School is part of a new STEM initiative.
The chemistry lab is on the second floor of the new building.
The mechitzah carries through the theme of the ark in Upper School’s new beit midrash.