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Why Jewish Education?

Why Jewish Education?

“To me, Judaism is more than just a faith. It’s thousands of years of rich cultural traditions, history and wisdom. So much of that knowledge was taken away from generations in our family; I wanted to give that back to my children and continue the education that skipped several generations. We wanted a school where Jewish values and identity would be an integral part of education and everyday activities. We also wanted a school that viewed education with the “whole-child” approach — focusing not only on the academic accomplishments but developing emotional intelligence, leadership and good citizenship — in other words, raising a mensch.” —SJCS Current and Alumnus Parent

With so many choices before you, you may wonder about the advantages of day school over public or secular-independent schools. We have gathered a few articles which connect the benefits of a top-notch academic education with communal, environmental and social awareness. To learn more about the value of a day school education, please contact us!

Why We Finally Made a Decision About Day School

At first, I thought the Jewish education was the icing on the cake…I know they’ll be learning a ton about Jewish culture and traditions from this pluralistic community, but won’t they get that at Jewish summer camp anyway…Rather, I was drawn in by the school’s thoughtful, intentional, and compassionate approach to education and community. Read more…

A Case for Dual Curriculum

…So, if you ask me why I send my children to a school that packs so many subjects into each and every day, I would simply respond: “I have found a place that provides my children with an exciting, challenging and comprehensive education in a loving and nurturing environment.” Read more…

Next-Gen World Language Learning

World language acquisition is an important component of global competitiveness and, beyond that, global competency. The letter is necessary for students if they are going to thrive in an interconnected world in which college and career readiness increasingly demand cultural fluency and world language fluency. Read more…

Faith-Based Education: Is It the Right Choice for Your Child?

Some parents ponder sending their children to faith-based schools because of their own religious practices, while other parents research these schools in an effort to explore every option available. Often this second group is surprised to find faith-based schools at the top of their choice list for education. Read more…

Exploring Art, Revealing Torah

“…Our end goal for students should be to live holistically so that they see their Judaism and secular lives as part of a cohesive whole.” LooktoLearn founder Nic Abery describes how her time teaching at Seattle Jewish Community School led her to understand how an integrated curriculum teaches children to look beyond the classroom to find enrichment in every opportunity. Read more…

Does Class Size Matter?

Public education has undergone major reforms in the last 30 years with the rise in high-stakes testing, accountability and charter schools, as well as the current shift towards Common Core Standards. In the midst of these reforms, some policymakers have argued that class size does not matter…These critics are mistaken. Class size matters. Research supports the common sense notion that children learn more and teachers are more effective in smaller classes. Read more…