WHO WE ARE
Albert Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” With that in mind, our school prepares students to solve the problems of tomorrow by maximizing their innate capabilities and competence, fostering within them necessary skills today, aiming to inspire them to change the world.
We focus on what we call “REAL Learning,” which stands for reflective, engaging, authentic, life learning. These are essential components of our program as follows:
Reflection is a vital component in the growth of students, helping them to become active learners and thoughtful people and members of our community.
When students are engaged in their learning, they bring their best selves and create the best possible learning environment for themselves and others.
By engaging in authentic learning, students are able to see how their learning is relevant and matters and makes an impact on their world.
Recognizing that most of the jobs our students will hold in the future don’t exist today, we foster the skills that will help them be successful throughout their lives.
REAL Learning has its basis in Jewish tradition, as the Talmud says, "A person should always learn the Torah topic that his heart desires" (Avodah Zarah 19a) and "A person should always first study Torah and afterwards analyze what he learned" (Brachot 63b). Students learn best when their learning is of interest and applies to their lives while also given the space to reflect upon their learning.
With recent studies showing that 85% of our students’ future jobs do not yet exist, we instill essential success skills and dispositions to help our students be successful, no matter what path they choose, always considering their role in the community and the world as a whole.
Our program focuses on the whole child and promotes growth academically, socially, emotionally, and personally. We believe that students are full of wonder and curiosity, so we focus on interdisciplinary, authentic learning, in order to give students a sense of purpose and relevance. Our multi-age classrooms and use of differentiation allow for students to grow and develop at their own pace, being challenged and supported according to their individual needs. We integrate language studies as well as Judaic studies into our day in a way that helps students connect to other cultures and share their identities.
With a deep understanding of how children learn, student-centered methodologies are at the core of our educational philosophy, regularly providing opportunities for experiential and hands-on learning. We encourage a growth mindset and perseverance in our students, cultivating skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication so that students thrive in school and in the real world.
A major focus of our program is connecting to the community, locally and beyond, in order to put our Jewish values into action. As the Talmud (Sanhedrin 90) says, “He who studies but does not repeat his lessons is as one who plants but does not enjoy the fruit.” We encourage students to explore real-world problems and contribute to their solutions, showing empathy and understanding in their work.
We view parents as true partners in our work and in our community, and we engage them in a variety of different ways in order to maximize student learning and engagement.