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PK-8|Private
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JDS has a strong values-based education, which fosters honesty, integrity, and strong moral character. This approach is core to the curriculum.



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Happy JDS parent, with happy JDS kids. The inquiry-based education is top notch, teaching the kids how to be proactive, ask questions, and think. Add to that a caring and nurturing environment, and you have a wonderful overall experience.




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Every year at this time when I receive the JDS graduation invitation my heart smiles. The breadth and quality of the young Jewish adults that JDS is sending out into our community and the world is remarkable. The success of the JDS inquiry-based curriculum is evidenced by the fact each year across the board, JDS graduates are accepted into the premiere private schools in our area as well as the gifted/stem programs in our blue ribbon public schools. And when you attend a JDS graduation, it is evident that academic excellence is just part of it. These young adults are poised and articulate and determined to make a difference. And I have no doubt that they will do just that. THANK YOU, JDS!!



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Wow! What an amazing school both inside and outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom the inquiry-based curriculum is cutting edge. In a world where information is easily looked up online and schools based on memorization of details (and geared primarily towards prepping for standardized tests) are missing the point, JDS gets it. The JDS curriculum is geared towards teaching our kids how to think, analyze and question. These are the skills that will be essential for our children to be successful in the years to come. Outside of the classroom, the JDS community is our second family. Having relocated to this area not knowing anyone, JDS welcomed us with open arms. The love, support and friendship has been invaluable to our family.



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This school is not about education, it's only about money. Beside tuition $20000-$40000, you need to support school, they make you to give them donations, they make you to feel guilty if they did not satisfied with amount of donation you gave, plus you need to volunteer. Education is not their priority at all. We went to the public school after JDS, where my child had the highest scores in his class, and he ended up with the lowest scores and gap in knowledge. I'd not say that they teach Hebrew on a high level. All subjects are below the standard core. They also don't take a good care of children, they often leave them unattended. They are trying to be nice, always smiling, but reality is they are nice only with rich kids and their parents. The only reason why someone goes to JDS in Bellevue is Jewish community, but school should be more than only community and social skills. So if you decide to go to JDS, be prepare to spend money for tutors because JDS does not do their primary goal as a school.




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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!



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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.



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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.




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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?



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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.

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