At Seattle Jewish Community School, we recognize that the elementary school years have extraordinary potential to set a child’s life course. During these years, we commit ourselves to igniting a passion for lifelong learning while providing children with a consistent, strong sense of identity. Our award-winning teachers realize these goals by addressing each child’s learning style. Our program’s structure and culture afford students opportunities to collaborate with peers, to mentor and to lead.
For me “exceptional integrated education ”means teaching children how to analyze, think critically and creatively, problem-solve and evaluate concepts, values, and knowledge. It means encouraging new ideas, new thinking, invention and imagination. It means emphasizing self-discipline, organizational skills, drive and integrity. It means developing moral courage and it means engagement and leadership today and for the future.
Judaism is our tradition, but it is also the compass that guides us both as teachers and as students. At SJCS, we approach exceptional education through the lens of the Jewish experience. In doing so, we graduate learners who are consistently at the top of their academic level, but who can also find joy in shared traditions, form lifelong relationships and enrich their communities through the practice of dereh eretz.
An SJCS education focuses on the power of contemporary ideas and knowledge, with a sacred obligation to our children to be able to apply that knowledge to advance moral vision and ethical action.
Shoshana K. Bilavsky
Head of School