The Atlanta Jewish Academy is preparing to relocate its upper school from Doraville to its Sandy Spring campus in a brand new building.

“We will become one family on one site,” said Evie Weinreich, AJA’s director of facilities and security.

Sandy Springs City Council approved the new building for the 5200 Northland Drive campus at its June 16 meeting. AJA aims to start the 10- to 12-month construction project in the fall.

AJA was born a year ago as the administrative merger of two separate Jewish schools: Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva Atlanta High School. The result is metro Atlanta’s first Jewish day school to offer a full educational track from preschool to grade 12.

Weinreich said that, under zoning, the school is allowed to have up to 720 students in Sandy Springs, and that cap will not change. Its current expected enrollment this fall is about 500 students.

The new upper school structure will be a “state-of-the-art building” with classrooms, a gym and science labs, Weinreich said. A soccer field is part of the plan, too.

The building will be placed on the Northland Drive side of the campus, attached to the existing performing arts center.

At the council’s June 16 meeting, council members heard support of the project from the Northpoint Civic Association. The council approved the project unanimously.

AJA has sold its upper school in Doraville for use as a DeKalb County charter school, Weinreich said. Until the AJA’s new upper school is complete, AJA is leasing the Doraville space.

–John Ruch