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THE TORAH ACADEMY 

Johannesburg, South Africa

‬the school with a neshoma

The Torah Academy is a Chabad Jewish Day School in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
It comprises a Boys' High School, Girls' High School (on a separate campus), Primary School and Nursery School. 
The Torah Academy Aims to provide and promote the highest quality Jewish and general education to a diverse community of Jewish children, in addition to cultivating students to reach personal excellence, and to be responsible members of society. 

Torah Academy provides an exemplary uncompromised Jewish and well rounded general academic education to all Jewish children. Its educational policies are inclusive and individualized and they encourage students to utilize their individual potential and strive for excellence.Staff members are chosen for their ability as well as desire to teach and they are role models in both their behaviour and dedication to their vocation. 


The community is invited to become involved in the school and its programs and to share their expertise and other talents towards even greater enhancement of the exceptional program.The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, founded the Torah Academy. His vision, teachings and philosophies drive the purpose and goals of hundreds of schools across the world, and have addressed the needs of humanity across the globe. 


Every year, Education Day is proclaimed by the President of the USA, in honour of and in recognition of his achievements.The Torah Academy was established in 1979 by emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who came to South Africa to promote Jewish awareness by establishing centres for adult education. 


The Torah Academy was established to provide uncompromised Jewish education for children from Nursery School to Matric. The fledgling school was initially registered with the Transvaal Education Department (thereafter with the Gauteng Department of Education) to provide prescribed secular education alongside its religious Jewish instruction. It has grown into a prestigious Jewish education institution now servicing close to 600 students.

EDUCATIONAL GOALS


To provide students with the opportunity to participate in a high quality Jewish and secular education. 

To enhance the students sense of self as a valuable, contributing person to the Jewish community and to the community at large. 

To instill moral behaviors and ethical standards established by Torah and social laws. 

To implement educational tools, apply critical thinking and Jewish values into community involvement. 

To motivate students to apply knowledge to real life situations.


Accreditation

The Torah Academy is registered with the Gauteng Education Department and is an approved NSC exam center. Additionally The Torah Academy is currently progressing through the UMALUSI accreditation process. 

ETHOS

Provide uncompromised Jewish Education based on Torah (Jewish Law), the values of the Chabad Philosophy and the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Provide excellent South African general education and holistic life skills culminating in matriculation results that reflect the students’ full potential.

Ensure the ability to comfortably integrate these disciplines, values and skills into daily life as self-sufficient and contributing members of society in South Africa and internationally.

To build young men and women with commitment to social responsibility with tolerance and empathy and with a love for all G-d’s children and with a concern for the environment.

To provide a safe and secure environment for all its students that is governed by a fair code of conduct/policy of safety and discipline that conforms to South African law.

VISION


To provide students with the opportunity to participate in a high quality Jewish and secular education. 

To enhance the students sense of self as a valuable, contributing person to the Jewish community and to the community at large. 

To instil moral behaviours and ethical standards established by Torah and social laws. 

To implement educational tools, apply critical thinking and Jewish values into community involvement. 

To motivate students to apply knowledge to real life situations.

Mission

In order to achieve our vision the Torah Academy needs to:
1. Source and hire leaders and educators knowledgeable and skilled in Torah education for its Jewish Studies department
2. Ensure that secular educators are proficient in their subject in addition to being positive role models who are respectful of the entire ethos and vision of the Torah Academy.
3. In order for our students to achieve our vision for excellence in Jewish and Secular education, a significant part of each day is required to be dedicated to both Jewish and Secular classes.
4. Torah Academy will provide an accomplished social services department to oversee the implementation of all aspects of our child safety policy.
5. Torah Academy will provide a comprehensive sports program both during school and as extra murals to promote health and wellness, sports skills; enhance social skills, tolerance, sportsmanship, camaraderie, positive discipline and leadership.
6. Our religion, philosophy and standards demand that-
 Each day begins with prayer and religious Jewish studies;
 In the Primary school boys and girls study in separate classes;
 In the High school, boys and girls study in separate venues.
7. To achieve our vision it is essential that the home and the school form a positive reinforcing partnership and that the family supports the religious ethos and vision of the school.
8. In order to achieve our standards of excellence in both the religious and secular departments –
 Teachers must have the ability to instil a love and motivation for learning; reinforce the similar skills honed in the other departments.
 Teachers must be organised and must manage class activities and themselves responsibly; meeting regularly to assess the progress of students and to plan ahead.
 Classes are generally small and limited to a maximum of 25 students;
 The school leadership must be available and involved in the progress of each student.
 The Torah Academy will expose their students to young mentors and role models.
9. The Torah Academy calendar includes co-curricular activities and programs that are carefully chosen to promote our vision, and to integrate with the students’ formal learning. These include –
 The high profile CYCALIVE annual 5 day bicycle ride from Johannesburg to Durban including Grade 11 students from Torah Academy and two schools from Soweto.
 Programs promoting goodness and kindness by means of various charity activities.