What began as a group of Kindergarten students in one room of the former Oakland/Piedmont Jewish Community Center in 1991, has today become an established and respected part of the East Bay Jewish educational landscape.
In 1994, OHDS opened its campus on Ridgeway Avenue in Oakland with a Kindergarten, first grade and a combined second and third grade. The community responded positively to this new choice in Jewish education through steadily increasing enrollment figures.
In the winter of 1997, the curriculum expanded to include a thriving middle school and by 1998 our Ridgeway Avenue location was “bursting at the seams”. Our only choice was to acquire a new location large enough to accommodate our current and future growth. Thanks to the generosity of our community, our new Redwood Road campus opened in September 2003.
In June 2001, OHDS proudly celebrated its first graduating class of eighth grade students. These students, and the ones who followed, have enjoyed the benefits of a substantial grant awarded to OHDS from the prestigious Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, one of eight schools from the United States and Canada to receive such an honor in the first grant-giving cycle for this organization.
Today, students travel from near and far from different communities in the Bay Area to come to OHDS to enjoy a truly outstanding education in a nurturing and safe environment.
“My family and I continue to take great pride in the accomplishments of OHDS. The most endearing one being the strong and sustaining education that our daughters received, including their love for reading, learning, word inquiry, and social justice. OHDS also provided our children with a seamless merger of Jewish and general studies in a positive and challenging academic environment. I believe that being a part of OHDS was one of the greatest opportunities of my rabbinic career.”
– Rabbi Howard Zack, parent of three OHDS former students and OHDS Founding Board member