From literacy to inquiry, from General to Judaic studies, from individual to group responsibility, our K-5 elementary program offers a richly integrated, child-centered curriculum which builds upon fostering connections between content, values and actions. Using the talents of our teaching teams and a small student/teacher ratio, students are actively engaged in skill development, critical thinking, problem solving, and the love of learning through the daily connections made in language arts, math, science, social studies, Hebrew language, Torah, mitzvot, tefillah, Shabbat and holiday celebrations.
Common values are shared as students put their learning into actions during class meetings, tzedakah projects, Team Yerukim (the “green” team), assisting with the food bank and other community service activities. Our elementary program lays the foundation for the ongoing spiritual and academic growth as deeper connections, values and actions are formed in the middle school years.
LRC (Learning Resource Center) - Valuing diversity and individual learning styles/profiles, JDS is fortunate to have a Learning Resource Center with several learning specialists who consult with teaching teams and parents, and offer support / instruction to students as they strive to reach their academic potential.
Technology - Use of educational technology in our primary and intermediate grades allows students to easily learn, evaluate sites and connect with the world around them. Starting in fourth grade, students are responsible for their own laptop at school where they can access their math text, use a homework website, research and join in deep conversations about literature.
Specialists - Specialists in Art, Music, Library and PE also play an integral role in extending thematic connections between the classroom and the fine arts as well as through physical fitness.