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SJCS and Billings Middle School Announce Campus Purchases

March 12, 2019

We are proud to share an exciting announcement with the community: next school year SJCS will relocate to a new campus in the Green Lake neighborhood in what is currently the Billings Middle School. This new campus will open up incredible opportunities for our students, and position SJCS to grow and thrive well into the future. Below is a press release which offers a bit more detail.

We are creating a number of opportunities in the coming weeks and months to learn more about this move. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions!  Additional resources for current parents can be found on the SJCS at Green Lake News and Resources page.

We appreciate your continued support and partnership!

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SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Jewish Community School (SJCS) today announced that it is acquiring a new campus in the Green Lake neighborhood, currently occupied by the Billings Middle School. In a unique real estate swap, Billings is buying the Seattle Jewish Community School’s campus in North Seattle.

SJCS acquires a facility that will richly serve its K-5 children, enabling its innovative curriculum to extend outside the classroom by providing a location that offers a convenient and vibrant location for families. The new campus is ideally sized for our student body, with ample room for growth and real estate for future expansion.  

The SJCS faculty will weave the Green Lake neighborhood’s outdoor spaces, swimming pool, library, and other amenities into the academic and social-emotional curriculum of all the grades. “The mutual campus purchases will keep us on the cutting-edge of exceptional elementary school education and secures SJCS’s financial stability for many years to come,” said SJCS Board President, Don Doering.

“As an egalitarian Jewish Day school steeped in Jewish values and time-honored traditions, relocating to Green Lake affords us an ideal opportunity to extend student learning to the outdoors and take advantage of the vast local resources in this more central location,” said Head of School Ron Waldman. “This new campus is an important step in driving that vision forward, and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic.”

“We are excited about the possibilities the new location unlocks. Being right next door to Green Lake — with all the open spaces it provides — is going to create so many opportunities for academic enrichment,” said Oded Dvoskin, a parent of a first and third grader. “My only concern is that our kids won’t want to come home!”

Seattle’s Jewish community, which grew more than 70% between 2001 and 2014, has continued to expand with Seattle’s growth. Northeast Seattle is a center of Jewish life, with multiple synagogues located within 10 minutes of the new SJCS Green Lake campus. The new Green Lake location positions the school for long-term strength in enrollment and curricular offerings in a city that has a high demand for private school education.

SJCS is still accepting applications for the 2019-20 academic year, kindergarten through fifth grade. To learn more about the school, visit sjcs.net.