Frequently Asked Questions

+What kind of school is FJA?
Frankel Jewish Academy is a college preparatory Jewish day high school serving students in grades 9 through 12. We are located in West Bloomfield, Michigan on the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus. FJA draws Metro Detroit students from Huntington Woods to Ann Arbor. Our students receive exceptional academic grounding in both Jewish and general studies and gain a strong sense of identity, purpose and Jewish values.
+Who attends FJA?
FJA students and families reflect economic and geographic diversity, and a broad spectrum of Jewish belief and practice. Our students come from Conservative, Reform and Orthodox communities, while some students are unaffiliated.
+What makes FJA unique among Detroit-area private high schools?
In addition to an exceptionally strong college preparatory program in the arts, sciences, and humanities, FJA provides an unmatched opportunity for exploring Jewish studies and Jewish life that is anchored in tradition and relevance to contemporary life. We establish lasting relationships through a community of teachers who are committed to their students, small classes, myriad leadership opportunities and unparalleled guidance through the college application process.
+What is religious life like at FJA?
Students experience the richness of Jewish religious life in myriad ways at FJA, from morning minyan that includes both formal prayer and an educational component, to special celebrations of holidays and off-campus activities. FJA’s teachers and staff ensure that students acquire the skills to participate in Jewish rituals, as well as a love for Jewish tradition and identity.
+What is FJA's food policy?
FJA observes kashrut on campus and at all official school events off campus. Various kosher vendors deliver lunch to our school. Please refer to our food policies for more information.
+What are FJA's special programs?
FJA’s classrooms extend beyond the campus and into the world. Teaching students to help others and to practice acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world) is central to our school’s Mission. All students participate in a variety of community service projects and initiatives designed to promote positive community awareness. These programs imbue our students with a sense of their own power to better their world and the world of others. We offer Shabbatonim (Shabbat overnight programs), field trips in the arts and sciences, and a variety of other educational trips. Our Senior trip is an exceptionally moving multi-week program that combines experiencing Holocaust history in Poland with the witnessing of Jewish rebirth and innovation in Israel.
+Which Advanced Placement classes are offered at FJA?
FJA offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes in Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, US Government, and US History to students who demonstrate the ability to succeed in college-level courses.
+Which extracurricular opportunities are available at FJA?
FJA offers a full complement of leadership opportunities, athletics, and performing and visual arts programs. Student government provides a forum for students to exercise leadership by planning activities, initiating school projects, and organizing clubs. Competitive sports teams allow students to compete in league-level competition with similarly-sized schools. FJA’s Performing & Visual Arts program includes a wide array of opportunities for students to engage in musical and creative arts. Our theater program presents quality productions twice a year, in the fall and spring.
+Who accredits FJA?
FJA is accredited by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of Central States), one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The accreditation process validates the integrity of a school’s program and student transcripts, fosters excellence in the ongoing school improvement process and monitors change through regular assessment and planning.
+What are the advantages of a Small By Design school?
Research indicates that student achievement increases with small class size by design and a high faculty-to-student ratio. In a small school, no child becomes lost in the crowd because the staff knows each student. Students in small schools experience a comfort level and confidence to be more active and participatory in classrooms. The individualized attention ensures that the student’s special interests and talents are identified, supported and nurtured. Individual challenges can also be more easily identified and addressed as needed.

In addition, at a small school, there is greater opportunity for leadership and a stronger role in athletics, arts, and extracurricular activities. At FJA, each student is essential to our identity and success. From the perspective of a lifetime of socializing, spending one’s years of identity formation in a Jewish school strengthens self-confidence and knowledge of one’s heritage.

FJA’s faculty-to-student ratio, and the closeness that it fosters, are why students thrive at FJA, succeed in their college experiences, and even return to their high school to celebrate milestones in their lives.