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Southeastern Connecticut's premier elementary school
located in Waterford, CT

OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL

Solomon Schechter Academy was the dream of a few committed families in the Greater New London area, who yearned for an enlightened Jewish education in partnership with an outstanding secular education for the children of our community. Over forty years later, we are privileged to enjoy the fruit of their effort and excited about expanding our community to include students and families of all cultures and faiths.

The staff of SSA is dedicated to assessing and updating our curriculum to ensure that we are providing the tools for academic excellence in both Judaic and secular subject areas. We also afford opportunities for our students to express themselves through art and music, to strengthen their bodies and their minds through physical education, to expand their talents through after-school and lunch-time enrichment activities, and to share their enthusiasm with the community through special programs.

Barbara Wolfe brings many years of experience both as an educator and a community leader. She is returning to Solomon Schechter Academy of New London where she taught 6th grade 10 years ago. Since that time she has been teaching second and third grade in the Waterford Public Schools. She is thrilled to be returning home to her beloved SSA. As a certified Connecticut teacher with a degree in Special Education, she will continue to ignite her students so they are prepared for a lifetime of learning and exploring. Creating a nurturing and innovative environment, both in the classroom as well as connecting with families and the local community, she will encourage exploration and discovery of the world and the joy of being Jewish.

Our intent is to develop children who become sensitive adults who realize they can make a difference by applying their knowledge and their talents towards Tikkun Olam, the improvement of the world. SSA students are encouraged to be creative thinkers and active doers. We teach the power of effort and responsibility to the community, both local and global, as the cornerstones of a life well lived.

At SSA, we follow a Community Code of Conduct called Derech Eretz which expresses our core values: respect, kindness, inclusion, responsibility, participation, and honesty. It has given us a new vocabulary for dialogue‚ a higher standard of behavior, and has raised our awareness of those around us.  We see it on the playground, we apply it at our meetings, and we discuss it with our parents. Derech Eretz is not just a theme of the year, it is the legacy of our school.

A Solomon Schechter education is available to the broad spectrum of the Jewish and non-Jewish community. We welcome students and families of all cultures and faiths. It all starts with a visit.  We would love to show you around.