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Jewish Day School

Private | PK-8 | 230 students

JDS is best known for its exceptional inquiry-based curriculum.

 
 

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2013:
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Posted April 9, 2014

My daughter attends kindergarten at JDS. Since the start of school she has grown significantly in social confidence, sticking up for herself and others, and academically. She also has taught us about Judaic studies and helped us find our community. I highly recommend this school and the kindergarten program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

JDS is really well meaning and the kids come out of there as really amazing people with a strong sense of the need to help everyone succeed. Still, the school needs to focus on core academics. Teachers are nice, and class sizes are small. Dual Language (Hebrew) is excellent. Inquiry based learning is great with the teachers are experts, not so much in the areas that aren't their expertise. They haven't had principal leadership for a number of years now, but they just hired a new head of schools. She is promising but will have a lot on her plate as the school has passed on addressing major issues until she starts. I look forward to seeing how she does. JDS has HUGE potential, specifically because the community is committed and engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

The school adopted inquiry-based learning a few years ago, and as a result, academics have dropped precipitously. So much emphasis is on group process, with endless "team meetings", that little is learned. My kids learned the proper lingo that was expected of them in this new methodology, growing cynical along the way. If you have bright and motivated kids, this is not the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2013

JDS is an amazing school with outstanding teachers and staff. The inquiry-based dual and integrated curriculum is rich and invites students to delve deeper into the subject matter. It gets kids thinking and asking great questions. My kids are fully engaged in their learning and LOVE going to school everyday. They feel strongly connected to their Jewish heritage, have strong moral compasses and great leadership skills and self confidence. Who could ask for more?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

JDS is a great school with an amazing curriculum - the research projects and collaboration taking place for even the little kids has blown us away. Our son is being taught how to identify real world issues and work to solve them... and we love that failure is not a bad word, he's learning that it's part of the path to success. We also like the daily foreign language studyand tech. It was a great choice for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

Perfect for our child, the small classroom environment coupled with the attentiveness of the teachers is wonderful. Kids have a real opportunity to reach and grow and be challenged. Every question is cherished and our child has really thrived in this wonderful place. And the sharing community is very welcome, our family has found a real home here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2011

JDS offers a strong, close knit community - a very nurturing environment. The academics are average - no more rigorous than you'd find in a public school setting. The student/teacher ratios vary depending upon enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

The students are spoiled and point fingers at each other. Parents don't take responsibility for their kids actions. Teachers are too weak to stand up for the right reasons. This is a school where money rule everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

JDS exceeded all of our expectations. We were blown away by the caliber of the education, the love of the teachers and staff, and by the ability of the school to adjust to the needs and personalities of the students. Most of all, we feel indebted to the school for developing the best in our children because the education is rooted in Jewish values, morality, and thinking. Our kids have made lifetime friends and so have we. It's a sacrifice to send our kids to private school but the value added at JDS is overwhelming worth it all. They produce kids who are thinkers, who are kind and who know that it is their responsibility as Jews to make the world a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

The best decision we could have ever made for our child was sending him to JDS! We moved here from Georgia and had no idea what to expect from the schools in Washington. After spending 1 year in the public school system, we decided that a 21 to 1 student to teacher ratio, no formalized art class or computer class was not in our child's best interest. Our son is learning not only to speak, but to write and read in a second language and will have a computer laptop by the time he is in 4th grade! The experienced teachers are highly dedicated and loyal to the school and have a warm and nurturing relationship with their students. On the first day of school assembly, our son was given a paper leaf with his name on it to add to the school's tree and to welcome our family into the "JDS Family." Where else can you find this? Only at JDS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2010

The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle is a great independent school in Bellevue and to make it accessible for more families, a group of community donors created grants ($6000 for two years) for new families enrolling for 2011-12. More info. at www.jds.org or admissions@jds.org.


Posted November 9, 2010

JDS has awesome teachers and staff - and the kids are the best! All in all a wonderful community.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 4, 2010

Our daughter has been going to JDS for three years. It is a warm, welcoming, high performing school. Their secular curriculum is top notch, and everyone that comes out of elementary or middle school tops the charts on the tested competencies. The extra education she gets is what makes the school wonderful; they learn how to be good citizens, friends, and people. Yes, a lot of those lessons are couched in Jewish terms, but we feel that most are generally applicable no matter what your religious views.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

Great school! Great academics, Judaics, and sense of community. The teachers are world class, dedicated professionals who love our children while guiding them to be their personal and intellectual bests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

JDS is a wonderful school, with a strong program in general academics, coupled with an excellent 2nd language and Jewish studies curriculum; the two sides of the JDS coin are completely integrated, so that Jewish studies complements and enhances general studies. But JDS is more than a school; it is a family. The teachers know all of the kids as individuals, and support their individual learning styles. The girls in my daughter's class are all close, without exception; there are no cliques or bullies or outcasts in the class. And the parents all know one another and work together to support their children and the school. We are very reform, more culturally and spiritually Jewish than highly observant, and we feel perfectly at home in the JDS environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

Wonderful school! The parents and students are the best and the overall atmosphere is warm and welcoming. JDS has a strong academic program with Hebrew immersion starting in the first grade. The school runs an hour longer than most to compensate for Hebrew and Judaic studies. The community of families at JDS tend to not be very religious - most are Reform. There is a good amount of socioeconomic diversity at this school and the focus of the parents and students is on important aspects of life rather than materialism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

JDS is a wonderful school with a warm, caring environment. At first we worried that it would be too religious for us but that's not the case at all! Observant families often choose Seattle Jewish Day School instead. JDS has a strong academic program as well as a Judaics program. The school runs for an hour longer than most schools to accomodate the extra subjects. JDS has a gifted program that is incorporated into the regular classroom for those who are qualified. The best thing about JDS is the warm and supportive community atmosphere. They emphasize the important things in life and this diminishes the snob factor that is so common in private schools. I highly recommend JDS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2007

The quality of the teachers is excellent. Being that this is a Jewish day school and most that go there are Jews, safety has been taken into consideration and increased. Children are taught Hebrew and learn from a variety of disciplines from an open minded point of view.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 7%
Black 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff German
Russian
Spanish
Hebrew
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Named a King County Level 1 Green School (2010)
  • JDS Green Team Receives Earth Hero at School Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Hebrew
Foreign languages taught
  • Daily Hebrew
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
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Maria Erlitz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Associations
  • JCDSA
Fax number
  • (425) 460-0201

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Inquiry-based curriculum
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hebrew
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Daily Hebrew
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)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We are a PNAIS accredited independent school with a strong, active and supportive community. We are committed to small class sizes where students receive individualized attention and all of our students from preschool through 8th grade participate in community service work teaching them how they can truly make a difference in the world. Our graduates are accepted into high school and college programs of their choice. JDS is where study leads to action.
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Students typically come from these schools
Area preschools
SJCC Early Childhood
Public Schools

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences (SAAS)
Eastside Prep
Interlake High School (Bellevue Public School)
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15749 NE 4th St
Bellevue, WA 98008
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Phone: (425) 460-0260

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