There may be as many reasons for choosing Jewish day school as there are families in our school communities. Some are looking for small class sizes, nurturing environments and positive peer groups, while others seek an early second-language program. Still, some want an academic experience steeped in the Jewish tradition of critical thinking and ethical behavior. Many are drawn by another family’s positive experience. From superior college preparatory programs to a variety of extra-curricular activities, there is truly something for everyone.
Now, through CJP’s Discover Day School Program, the time is right for you to explore which compelling reason might lead you to day school for your child.
Choosing the right school for your child can be an overwhelming process. Just as the nurturing environment of preschool has grown comfortable, it is time to begin thinking about moving on. Making the choice requires investigating what truly matters to you and your family. It takes visiting prospective schools and teachers, speaking to current school parents and imagining your child and your family in a new environment.
Our day schools have increasingly found that their unique caring communities and educational opportunities resonate with families who might not have considered day school when their child first began school. Many day schools run excellent “on-boarding” programs to help new students acclimate to the immersive experience of day school Hebrew and Jewish studies. Year after year elementary and middle school students seamlessly make the transition from secular academic settings to day school.
In recent years it has been well documented that the largest influx of transfer students to Jewish day school occurs during the middle school years when families are seeking a more enriching and values-based academic experience for their emerging teens. The rigor of a day school academic experience prepares day school graduates to go on to successful high school careers at exclusive secular private schools, Jewish high schools, and public schools.
Jewish high schools provide a unique opportunity for students to grow and develop during these formative years. The intellectual rigor of general studies combined with the close reading and analysis of Jewish texts and ideas prepare students with skills to achieve in any future academic setting. Graduates attend many of the most respected colleges and universities. Nurturing community, close relationships with teachers, and a supportive peer group help to reinforce students’ ethical character and personal development. During the often stressful years of high school the power and warmth of a Jewish community create an environment where every student is seen, and where students can challenge themselves to excel with joy and enthusiasm. Judaism can be a source of meaning and inspiration in their lives, precisely at this time of maturation and emerging adulthood.
What sets Jewish day schools apart are the role models—teachers and older students—who demonstrate how to be good people, able leaders, ambitious students, and strongly identified Jews. Students learn how Judaism can be a thread which weaves meaning and joy into the tapestry of their lives. With this strong foundation, day school students are given life-long tools to engage in the broader world with the confidence of knowing who they are and from where they have come.
Our Greater Boston Jewish day schools each possess distinctive characteristics, catering to a diverse set of students with different interests, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The dual commitment to general and Jewish studies, shared by all of our schools, prepares students for the challenges ahead – in the classroom, and in life.
“Jewish day schools are one of the single best investments we can make to secure a vibrant future for the American Jewish community.” -Barry Shrage, President, CJP
CJP Discover Day School Checks cover 25% of tuition (up to $6,000) of your child’s tuition for three consecutive years at any of Greater Boston’s 10 elementary/middle day schools. To qualify:
January 5, 2018
Applications become available!
March 29, 2018: Deadline extended to April 16
Application must be e-mailed or postmarked to CJP (CJP Discover Day School Checks are sent to eligible families on rolling basis)
April 16, 2018
Eligible families must submit CJP Discover Day School Check to school of choice with signed intention to enroll. Waitlist created for late submissions
May 4, 2018
Families must provide copy of filed 2017 IRS Form 1040 to CJP for Discover Day School check to be reimbursed
Often referred to as an educational philosophy, differentiated instruction is viewed as a proactive approach to instruction. This approach requires teachers to tailor their instruction and adjust the curriculum to students’ needs rather than expecting students to modify themselves to fit the curriculum.
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