Educating Mind, Body and Spirit
Daughter of Zion Junior Academy boasts a robust curriculum. The first subject that is taught every day in every classroom is Bible. We believe that bible instruction deserves our freshest thought, our best methods, and our most earnest effort.
Our core curriculum consists of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science and Physical Education. Fine Arts and Technology are also integrated into our core subjects. In addition to these, students are offered electives throughout the school year. There is Music, Spanish, American Sign Language, Praise Dance, Photography, Creative Writing/Journalism, Debate, Cooking, Gardening, Future Business Leaders of DOZJA. Students may participate in two electives per year. If however they are enrolled in Florida Virtual School (FLVS) as a complement to their elective they are enrolled for the entire year.
The values and practices that make Seventh-Day Adventists among the longest living people on the planet are also taught to our students. The NEWSTART lifestyle principles are taught and incorporated into our curriculum.
A nutritious breakfast is provided everyday to all students free of cost. Lunch is also free of cost to all students. Our students are spoiled for choice from our salad bar and the fresh fruits and vegetables offered through our Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP) emphasizing the edenic/plant-based diet DOZJA affords to our students.
Physical Education is also a big focus at DOZJA. Instead of reducing the time that is offered for physical recreation and exercise as many schools have done, we have sought to increase it. Students from K-8 take part in physical education two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and also enjoy substantial recess every day. As part of our physical education program, DOZJA participates in the Physical Genesis tests where students do fitness testing, goals are set and the results compared with students of the same age throughout the country.
Education that does not include a spiritual component is not proper education. At DOZJA students are taught to develop a love for service; the secret to true happiness. The school week begins with chapel (Mondays) and the school day begins with bible. Twice per year students participate in week of prayer. Education Day and our Christmas Program are some of the spiritual high points of the school year. Students also participate in regular bible study and Christian values are reinforced in everything that we do. A visit to our campus will reveal that there is something uniquely different about our staff and students. The key ingredient to success that we have had is keeping Jesus at the center.
Just like the Israelites, our student body is divided in bands or houses. Dan, Ephraim, Reuben and Judah. Green, blue, red and yellow respectfully. These bands serve to consolidate all aspects of the holistic education we offer and our students are encouraged to excel in academics, sports and service through healthy competition and collaboration. Student leaders for each house are also elected to serve the student body. At DOZJA we aim to foster all round growth and create leaders who will take their rightful place in society when they have left the halls of DOZJA.