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Mazel Day School (F.R.E.E.)

Private | PK-8 | 175 students

We are best known for academic excellence, nurturing environment and values.

 
 

Living in Brooklyn

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $351,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 14 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted May 1, 2014

Mazel is a home away from home for our family. The warm, caring environment coupled with values- oriented education is exactly what we were looking for! The parent community makes you feel part of a team! We could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Great school. I highly recommend to anyone. They have great combination of Jewish education and at the same time picking up innovations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Committed to the ideals and values of progressive education, Mazel Day School provides an engaging environment for both teachers and learners. As a part of their committed staff, it has been a pleasure watching the school grow and develop its commitment to staff development and providing for an education of the whole child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

Mazel is one the best things that happened to my family. Caring teachers, warm and loving environment make this school a unique place. High academics in combination with values, respect and love for learning makes me feel good as a parent and makes my children happy students. Mazel is home away from home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Never been happier with the education that my child receives in this school. Individual success is extremely important in this school. Kids are not just Leopard for the test but for success in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

great school, the best teachers. Kids actually cannot wait to get to school. the values that are taught and the environment are priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Mazel Day school is the premier Jewish day school in the South Brooklyn Area. They provide a top notch education in both scholastic and Judaic studies. Mazel caters to their community by providing Russian language education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Mazel is a unique, wonderful school where we sent each of our 4 children and recommend to others almost daily! Mazel is succeeding in a truly difficult task that our community is struggling with a LOT - being robustly and apologetically traditional and innovative/forward looking at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Mazel is an excellent school. My son had been thriving in it both academically and personally. I love the focus on progressive education and character building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I am a teacher in this school and very much enjoy working here! It is a very warm and pleasant work environment. The administrative team works with each teacher to guide and direct them to success. I am learning a tremendous amount from being a part of the Mazel Day School team.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2014

My child blossomed in this school! She loves everything about it: teachers, friends, nurturing atmosphere. Thanks to this school she reads & writes in 3 languages: English, Russian, Hebrew and does not think there is anything extraordinary about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I have been a Mazel parent for almost 5 years now (my oldest daughter started attending Mazel Day School in Kindergarten and is now finishing Fourth Grade and my youngest will start Kindergarten there this September). I have to say that we as a family have been very happy with Mazel Day School on many fronts. As a pretty non-observant family, we have been concerned about pressure to observe more, but that has not happened. While the children learn about Judaism and religious traditions, there is no pressure on children or families to do anything they don't want to. Academically, the school is very strong - I can see by comparing notes with friends whose children go to even highly regarded public schools that what my daughter is learning is above and beyond the public school curriculum. Socially, Mazel Day School is a very nurturing environment. Because the class size is quite small - no more then 18 children for two full-time teachers - each child gets plenty of individual attention and teachers are able to adjust instruction to each child's particular strengths and weaknesses. I am very happy that I found Mazel Day School for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Mazel Day School is the best school that you can ask for. It has a teacher to student ratio to a maximum of 1 to 6. The lessons are individualized and the teachers, reliable, qualified and personable . The teachers and faculty of this school are devoted and caring. The environment is nurturing, clean and the food very nutritious.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

It is the best school In the area that combine Judaic and secular studies. Excellent teachers, great administration, home like environment for the kids. My 2 kids love the school and I have piece of mind every morning when sending them there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Our daughter has been going to Mazel school since kindergarten and is in 4th grade now. She has been blossoming ever since. The amount of individual attention is parent-teacher contact is superb. Even school is religious, there is never any pressure and children from ALL levels of observance (if any) are welcome at Mazel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

amazing school, all teachers are very attentive to out kids. Parent community is very supportive and involved. Our kids enjoy coming to school to interact with their friends and learn new and exciting things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

We drive our daughter 10 miles everyday for 3 years just to make sure she is in this school. It's says a lot given we live in the neighborhood with one of the best public schools in Brooklyn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2011

I am a parent of a child that has been attending Mazel Day school since Pre-K and is currently in 3rd grade. Mazel is a phenomenal school where you really are getting tremendous value for your money. The children are getting top notch education in modern small classrooms with teachers, principal and administration who really care. In addition the principal and the administration of the school really seek feedback from parents and react to it. Mazel Day school is the best education that money can buy for a child in Brooklyn. Great secular education, enrichment classes and Jewish education. I am extremely happy with the school and would recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

Mazel Day School gets 5 stars from me. I am very happy with the school and the results are evident in my children, both on the educational level and their character. This school is special because it concentrates on getting high academics results (my 4th grader scored all 4's on State Exams), as well as nurturing and refining a child's character, helping them to become a better person, teaching them to care and respect their family, friends, community and the world they live in. Other pluses: excellent teachers, small classes, renovated facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2011

This school is really the best-kept secret of Brighton Beach! The way in which the children are treated is really something special. The teachers are attentive, professional, and really know how to help each and every student succeed. I am so lucky to have this school for my children. Besides a Jewish Day School option in Brooklyn is hard to find - so having this one right in the neighborhood is a blessing! Check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 52%
Hispanic 3% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Russian
Hebrew
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Improv

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 4:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Chani Okonov
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • Buses available for Grades K-6
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Math club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Present special topics during curricular units
More from this school
  • MDS is a child-centered, values-oriented educational institution dedicated to academic excellence & Jewish heritage. Our motto is: “instilling a love for learning & the joys of Judaism”. Our mission is to empower students with the tools they will need as they embark on their Life Journeys. Enriched by Judaism's values & wisdom, we cultivate the ability to be good students, good friends, & good people, providing a secure foundation which prepares them to thrive in a complex & changing world.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$10000 - $12000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
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2901-2915 Brighton 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
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Phone: (718) 368-4490

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