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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 19, 2010
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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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!