Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle

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The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS)
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Location
15749 Northeast 4th Street
Bellevue, Washington 98008
United States
Information
Type Independent Jewish Community Day School[1]
Motto Where study leads to action.[1]
Established 1980[1]
Head of School Hamutal Gavish[1]
Grades Preschool - 8th Grade
Enrollment 129[1]
Campus type Urban
Athletics Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Track, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf
Mascot Jaguars[1]
Website

The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle (JDS) is the oldest community Jewish day school in the Pacific Northwest.[2] Adopted in 2012, JDS's mission is "to provide an exceptional education that empowers Jewish children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community stewardship."[3] JDS offers an integrated curriculum of Judaic studies and general studies focusing on the "whole student," from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 8.[4]

History[edit]

JDS was founded in 1980 by a group of community leaders as the region's first Jewish community day school.[2] Regardless of Jewish lineage, the school was founded with the intent of providing all students a dual education in Judaic studies and general studies. In the mid-1980s, JDS purchased a former Bellevue, Washington elementary school to establish its campus that it still occupies today.

Facilities[edit]

Located in Bellevue, Washington in the Crossroads neighborhood, adjacent to Temple B'nai Torah, JDS is situated on a seven-acre campus just south of the Microsoft Main Campus.[4] The campus includes educational facilities with learning space, a library, a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) athletic center, as well as a soccer and play field.

Curriculum[edit]

JDS's integrated curriculum focuses both on Judaic Studies and general studies and is "designed to encourage the development of the whole child."[5] In addition, its curriculum envelopes a natural language acquisition program for Hebrew.[6] By Grade 8, when students journey to Israel, all students are expected to be proficient.

Augmenting its curriculum, the school places special emphasis on mitzvah (community service) projects, with students expected to undertake them regularly.[7] In addition, each year, it has a Mitzvah Day, when everyone involved with the school is invited to work together with a community service organization to perform good deeds.[8]

JDS students use computer labs, laptops and smart boards in the classrooms.[9]

Recognition[edit]

In 2012, the King County Green Schools Program recognized JDS' efforts in energy conservation and recycling.[10]

In 2011, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education presented JDS with a Challenge Award for its Discovery Grant program which has strengthened enrollment by providing grants over a two-year period to new families enrolling at JDS.

Accreditation[edit]

Affiliations[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "JDS School Profile". JDS School Profile. JDS. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b "History". History. JDS. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Mission Statement". Mission Statement. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  4. ^ a b "Guide To Jewish Washington". Guide To Jewish Washington. The Jewish Transcript. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Academics". Academics. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Global Education". Global Education. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Social Responsibility". Social Responsibility. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Jewish Day School Students Help Remove Invasive Plants From Idylwood Park". Jewish Day School Students Help Remove Invasive Plants From Idylwood Park. Redmond Reporter. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Middle School". Middle School. Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Schools Honored By County Green Schools Program". Schools Honored By County Schools Green Program. Issaquah Press. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle". Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Archived from the original on 2010-07-17. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ "RAVSAK Educational Members: Schools". RAVSAK Education Members: Schools. RAVSAK. Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Membership". Membership. PEJE. Archived from the original on 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  14. ^ "Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle". Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. The Seattle Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  15. ^ "Partner Agencies". Partner Agencies. Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Samis Foundation Information". Samis Foundation Information. Samis Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 

Coordinates: 47°36′45″N 122°07′42″W / 47.612586°N 122.128361°W / 47.612586; -122.128361