Our day begins with the positive affirmation, “We are created b’tzelem Elokim (in the image of G-d). Everything we think, say, and do must show that we are created b’tzelem Elokim.” Said in unison, the students proceed with the powerful message that their interactions are important and are held to a very high standard of behavior. We end each day davening Mincha (afternoon service) in our beautiful Beis Midrash (chapel). Afterwards, we recite a special tefillah expressing our thanks to Hashem for the unique ability to learn. This special prayer reflects our mission to encourage students to value life-long learning.
The students in kindergarten through fifth grade begin their day with a ruach (spirited) filled morning line-up in the gymnasium. With songs and of words of inspiration they are greeted by their teachers and Head of School, Rabbi Elimelech Gottlieb. Announcements are made and then they proceed to their classrooms for morning davening (prayer).
After davening, classes begin. In addition to their general studies and Limudei Kodesh (Judaic) classes, the students enjoy specialties such as library, computer, art and physical education classes. Half of their day is spent in general studies and the other half in Limudei Kodesh (Judaic) classes.
Our middle school girls begin their day at 8:10 a.m. in their first period class followed by davening. Our middle school boys begin their day with morning davening at 7:30 a.m. There is an optional morning Mishnayos class that begins at 7:00 a.m. After davening, the boys eat breakfast, and then proceed to class with their Rebbeyim.
The middle school students finish their day after davening mincha services.
All students have the option of joining a variety of sports activities such as basketball, soccer and baseball. All in all, the students have a full day, learning, growing, moving, and socializing. It's a "picture perfect" day at TDSA!
About Our Students
Students at TDSA come from as geographically close as Toco Hills and Virginia Highlands and as far as Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Alpharetta, Norcross and beyond. Our families are affiliated with a wide variety of local synagogues including Congregation Beth Jacob, Young Israel of Toco Hills, The Kehilla, Congregation Ariel, Chabad of In-Town, Congregation Beth Tefilah, Chabad of North Fulton and more.
Thirty-nine percent of our students in grades K-8 qualify to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) program. Participants must have a score of 95th percentile or higher on a reasoning section of a nationally-normed standardized test. We are proud to offer a pull-out enrichment program to meet the needs of our gifted students in grades K-5. Students in the enrichment program are challenged to problem solve, innovate, investigate, create, and to work cooperatively with their peers.
TDSA students also participate in the Georgia Math League and the National Geography Bee.
Working as a liaison between parents, teachers and students, our Resource Coordinator helps to optimize the learning experience of any child who may be struggling academically. Parents and teachers alike may contact our Resource Coordinator to discuss learning issues that may arise over the course of a student's career.
The vast majority of our graduates continue to attend the local Orthodox high schools, Temima High School for Girls, Atlanta Jewish Academy (formerly Yeshiva Atlanta), and Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael.