Educational Philosophy


Our Educational Philosophy

For over two thousand years the Jewish tradition has leveraged human communication as a powerful tool in the search for intellectual truth, ethical community and spiritual connection.

Through discussion and productive argument, the Jewish learner builds skills, knowledge and understanding.

Through the power of conversation, the Jewish learner is open to the perspectives of others, while developing the ability to articulate and express his or her own unique insights.

Through lively discourse, the Jewish learner experiences the joy of connection to his or her identity, to others and to the very process of learning.

In today’s world, the ability to communicate across differences is more important than ever. The power of Jewish learning can be applied to every aspect of the learning experience, from Torah to mathematics, from art to historical analysis and beyond. The benefits of Jewish learning reach far beyond the classroom, supporting young people to engage the complexity of their world with both mind and soul.

We support our students to develop:

  • academic skills and content knowledge that prepare them for success across disciplines
  • the ability to respectfully engage with multiple perspectives and take responsibility for the well-being of others
  • a feeling of pride in their effort and in the quality of their work
  • the confidence to express their thoughts, their feelings and their creativity
  • a joyful experience of their Jewish identity, their cultural heritage and a strong feeling of belonging

We do this by:

  • guiding our students to make careful observations, develop meaningful interpretations, demonstrate their understanding and apply their learning to the experiential realm
  • emphasizing partner learning, perspective-taking, and integration across disciplines and subjects
  • addressing the unique developmental and academic needs of each student through small group instruction, skills clinics, enrichment units and individualized goal-setting
  • giving students the tools for self-knowing, self-evaluation and self-reflection
  • building authentic, caring and respectful relationships between teachers and students

We believe students thrive in an environment that:

  • values quality over quantity, depth over breadth and the mastery of essential skills
  • establishes trust, honors differences and develops empathy
  • honors the student as a whole person and is responsive to the unique needs and interests of its students
  • encourages students to work outside of their comfort zone and take appropriate risks
  • fosters a sense of wonder, curiosity and awe