15749 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
Director of Admissions: Amy Adler
Long recognized for academic excellence, the Jewish Day School’s early childhood through 8th-grade program today centers on 21st-century learning through an inquiry-based curriculum.
Research consistently shows that inquiry-based learning, during which students collaborate and collect, synthesize, and analyze information, leads to a deeper level of comprehension. So profound are the results that the National Research Council is emphasizing the need for inquiry-based instruction in schools and the Advanced Placement College Board is asking teachers to move to an inquiry-based approach.
Focusing on critical thinking, creativity, self-growth, community and stewardship, JDS students learn in an inquiry- and project-based environment where they immerse themselves in globally significant, integrated units of study in science, social studies, language arts and Judaic social studies. The core curriculum features hands-on, rigorous learning in mathematics, Hebrew, and Jewish text and holiday study. Limited class size fosters the development of the meta-cognitive, problem-solving, critical-thinking and research skills students need to become self directed and reflective lifelong learners.
Art, music, physical education and library specialists, along with an array of competitive sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate, tennis, golf, and track), student leadership opportunities (green team, student government, service organizations), and middle school electives enrich the program. JDS had one of the first student laptop programs in the region, which today is complemented by the use of interactive whiteboard technologies. Guest speakers, field trips and experiential learning provide unique opportunities and the 8th grade Israel trip brings the history, traditions and values of the Jewish people to life.
The seven-acre JDS campus is in Bellevue, two miles south of Microsoft’s main campus, and includes a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art athletic center and sports field. The school debuts its new STEM Innovation Lab in fall 2013 and has launched a junior kindergarten program that uniquely prepares children for the school’s overwhelmingly popular Science Kindergarten program.
JDS has a diverse community of affiliated and unaffiliated Jewish families from all across Puget Sound. Extended care and bus transportation is available. JDS is PNAIS accredited and is recognized by King County as a Level 3 Green School. New families are eligible for Discovery Grant money, regardless of income level.