dummy-personAnima Desai founded Scholars Academy Preschool and Elementary School in 1983. She started her second school in 1991. She has created a unique, well-balanced and highly academic curriculum Program for her school. Scholars Academy students have received several Poetry and other national awards.

Anima Desai has received the Congressional Order of merit for her services and leadership in 2007 and was selected California Business Woman of the year 2006 and is a member of Reagan Congressional Commission. She has served as an Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council in Washington and has received a congressional medal of distinction. She has been on the Advisory Committee for City of San Jose’s minority council selection criteria.

Anima Desai has volunteered for several community services. Besides being the Chief Executive of Indian-American Women Empowered, she is also the Vice President of Federation of Indo-American. She has been the Founding member and the Past President of Indian Business and Professional Women. She has been on the Board of Directors of Aasra- an outreach for South Asian Women who are victims of domestic abuse. She was the founding member of Alumni – an organization for students. She has been on the Board of Directors for several other organizations, and has been on the panel of judges for different art and science competitions in elementary schools. She has also been on the board for organizing several beauty contests and shows. She is also the Founder and President of Paigam- a group for the south Asian Youth and their families promoting pride in cultural heritage. She continues to be part of outreach and education programs in USA and in India.


Message from the Founder

Scholars Academy was founded in 1983. The classes start from preschool up to the 4th grade.

My goal is to provide a program that includes not only an excellent academic curriculum but also special activities that promote self confidence in our students. Our students build a high level of self esteem, as well as respect for the world around them.

It has been my relentless endeavor as the curriculum head of Scholars Academy, to formulate our school ‘s curriculum so that it is unsurpassed .To meet this challenge, I have continuously explored, reviewed , researched and gathered facts before adding new material to make our program comprehensive and stimulating. To cultivate and encourage imagination, inspiration, and talent, I have speciality teachers who coach in music, drama, art as well as soccer and physical education.

Each child’s progress is discussed and different approaches to challenge him/her are originated. I personally examine student’s work to ensure that no scholar is left behind and the student’s performance is in par with Scholar Academy’s standards. The teachers’ lesson plans and goals are also assessed to foster our Scholars Academy’s Curriculum goals. I visit each classroom and assess every child’s class work and homework, to determine the individual progress of the student.

At Scholars Academy our Director and Assistant Director are always present on site for the day to day operation and are available to resolve any parent concerns. We have well qualified teachers who nurture and motivate our students. Our caring staff is always willing to support and assist the parents.

Our students are very important to us. Every aspect of our Program is geared towards promoting their optimum potential. There are parent, Director, Assistant Director and teacher conferences to promote open communication. Our small class size, allows us to give personal attention to all our students.

The yearly events like the Winter Program; Mother’s day Noon Tea, our year end fair and award ceremony are fun and present an opportunity for our families to enjoy their children’s work and performances. The students, the parents and our staff are all involved in making these events a success.

“Why should one walk when one can fly?’ The growth of Scholars Academy will always be on the upward march.

Anima Desai
Curriculum Head