Denver Jewish Day School (DJDSis) on par with any other elite private school in Denver without the snob factor. We looked at other Denver private schools and chose DJDS because we were impressed with the people and the school's philosophy and academic standards. Our children are learning to be morally capable people in a genuine sense that will guide them the rest of their lives. Academically, standards are very high. My kids have a zest and desire to learn and work hard. The upper school is one of the best kept secrets in Denver. Although it is small, the teaching staff is outstanding and they truly care about each and every student. The middle school counseling program has been a lifeline for our daughter. It is rare to find children in middle school with such a positive sense of self and thriving socially. As parents, we have gained a community of people who have become our family. I highly, highly recommend this school! It was the best decision we ever made for our children and our family.
Since my first review (I had mentioned I had to fight a little to get my son's dyslexia accommodated - it'll be deleted upon this update) the teachers have meet with us more than once to figure out how to better accommodate my son's needs. They can't be blamed for not having the resources to help all kids with reading issues, but I do appreciate the sincere effort, and with good teamwork, I think my son can be very successful here! VERY impressed with the level of dedication the 3rd grade team took to write out a Differentiated Learning Plan. Also - the Resource Center with the new reading teacher just blows me away. I wish they had more staff for this, but my son is enjoying school so much better now. Like any parent of a kid with special issues, you have to advocate, educate yourself, and be persistent. It takes a village.
DJDS is a rare gem of a school. I have three kids in 10th, 7th and 2nd and they all love it and have thrived! They have a very strong identity of themselves and who they are and as part of a community. My 10th grader is in Israel for five weeks right now immersed in Hebrew and fun. I love that my kids learn a second language and that it is Hebrew. It makes the brain work from left to right which is even more helpful in learning development and executive functions. The critical thinking skills they learn in Judaic classes cross over into all their courses and helps them learn and develop skills to really think and discuss topics with adults in all subjects. It is an amazing school!
I would offer a different view than the last reviewer as my children have really benefitted from both the FAST reading and spelling and the Math in Focus (Sinagpore Math) approaches. Evidence shared at a recent meeting for 2nd grade families indicated that overall, our students perform well above the national average on the NWEA's MAP assessment in both literacy and math. My 6th grader was recently evaluated by an educational psychologist who identified a deficit in processing speed. She told us the public school system wouldn't offer support for him based on his overall performance, but he receives weekly support from DJDS's resource teacher which we appreciate very much. The school has done a great job supporting our family's values and helping my children learn to manage and resolve conflict through mutual respect and kindness. Adults are supportive and loving and really know the students...even if they don't have them in class. My children are curious, happy, and love learning thanks to DJDS. I am not a major donor, and tuition is a commitment for my family, but the value is priceless for us, and I've always felt the teachers were responsive to feedback.
The early literacy instruction is not very solid. It is based on the FAST model and other curriculum that has not adequately been peer-reviewed and proven to work over phonics. So if you have a struggling reader, they will need intervention, and believe me, you will pay for it. Some parents have removed their kids because they can't get the services they need. If your student has any disability, be prepared to move. It's not just those kids - I know a lot of parents that pay extra for Hebrew help because the Hebrew teachers are unlicensed and bad. The school's bullying and elitism is pervasive, but it is a Jewish day school...and some secular studies are good. The holidays are fun and most kids truly enjoy their school. The academia, however, is lacking. This is truly sad, because combining secular and Torah education enriches the mind. Unfortunately, kids aren't even telling time in 2nd grade and can't do division or multiplication tables because of "Singapore math" (which apparently involves drawing pictures). No accountability with teachers, little concern for those who don't write big checks, and too much bullying on the playground.
After spending several years in one of Denver's top rated public schools we made the switch to Denver Jewish while our kids were still in elementary school. We were looking for smaller class sizes and a warmer environment. What we gained was so much more! My 5th grader told me "for the first time in my life, I love going to school!" The secular education is rigorous and my kids are thriving. Socially they were accepted right away. They were behind in Hebrew but are receiving tutoring at school and are catching up pretty quickly. As a parent who has experienced both public and private schools, I can easily say that Denver Jewish Day School is an exceptional place and would highly recommend it!
My family loves this school! It is a warm and comfortable community that embraces each person as an individual! The secular and Judaic academics are top-notch. The teachers are outstanding and help each kid maximize his potential here! Students that graduate from DJDS become leaders in their communities based on the skills they have the opportunity to acquire here.
One of the best private schools in the Denver metro area period. The graduates go on to some of the most elite colleges in the country and thrive both academically and socially. The middle and upper school experiential programs are among the best in the nation. The students have out of school trips every year starting in middle school and in high school have trips to LA and Israel. The teachers and parents all know the students and one another well which creates a true sense of community and accountability. I can easily say this was the best investments we ever made for our children and our family. If you are a Jewish parent in Denver, look no further. Whether or not your are observant, your children will grow up with a strong and meaningful identity which would be difficult to create elsewhere.
Denver JDS has been instrumental in my three elementary age students' strong senses of identity, pride in their community, and most importantly, an academic setting where they can each thrive. The dual-language curriculum has been incredibly helpful in diversifying their study skills, and improving their overall academic performance. Finally, the loving and nurturing community of parents, teachers and staff are second to none. This school is serving the Denver Jewish Community in immeasurable ways and should be commended and supported.
We spent thousands at Herzl between kindergarten and the second grade. Unfortunately the result was our child was behind and unhappy with school. The good news is we moved her to another school in the third grade. Now she is graduating 5th grade with A's and loves her current school. After our positive experiences elsewhere, I am certain the problem was the school, not us or our kid. I hate to write anything bad about a jewish school because I am jewish and value that aspect of the education. But I would like to save other families and children the pain we experienced.
I would recomend this school to any Jewish Family. The environment is very safe and sheltered. The secular studies reach farther than anywhere else, and students get to learn all about their jewish history and their ancestors. The teacher student ratio is very small and their is so much more personal attention. I am a former Herzl student and I loved every minute of it. The teachers are truly gifted, and the whole class is friends with each other. This school is truly a unique and wonderful treasure to all who experience it Happy holidays and may G-d Hashem the lord bless you!!!
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