We just assumed our daughter would go to our local public elementary school. All the neighborhood kids had been to this school and we liked the idea of being part of a community. About the time I was visiting this school, we were introduced to SJCS. Naturally...there were considerations, but we were so inspired by what we saw happening at SJCS and the amazing, confident, enthusiastic students it was graduating, that we really had no choice to make. It was quite obvious what the right choice was. She is now in her 3rd year at SJCS and thriving. She loves the school! We love the school! The SJCS community is amazing, especially its shared values and commitment to excellence. We especially value the teachers' dedication and open-mindedness as it relates to how children learn differently. They really teach to each individual child's needs. The values the school instills during these formative years will serve our daughter well for the rest of her life -- nowhere else would she be obtaining such a strong base of values and enhanced Jewish identity. And from her, our family has all learned more about ourselves.
SJCS is an excellent school all around. We have two children in the school, and both are thriving. The school is very nurturing, which was especially important to us in the early years. Class sizes are small, teachers and staff are first-rate, and parents are considered partners in their children’s education. The school focuses not only on academic excellence, but also on social and emotional intelligence. We chose the school for these reasons and also to provide a strong Jewish foundation, one that emphasizes core values such as caring for others; repairing the world, living with intention and purpose; and doing mitzvot. SJCS prepares kids not only for their future education but for life. In addition, the school also offers an extremely warm community of parents and friends who are welcoming and supportive every step of the way. SJCS is a gem—it’s rare to find a school like this.
Have one SJCS graduate, another in the school, a third going when she is old enough! Can't say enough good things. No child falls through the cracks here - the ones who need more academic stimulation get it, the ones who need help academically or otherwise get the help. A warm and nurturing community as well, and a fully integrated dual curriculum.
SJCS builds menshes. Kids move on to 6th grade with a love of Judiasm that they carry with them to every middle school (public, private, religious, wherever) the attend. The school does an excellent job at fostering intellectual curiosity, creativity, and respect for diverse points of view. Each morning the kids in our car pool run into school, looking forward to the day ahead.
I wear three hats. I am a board member. I am an alumna parent. And I am a parent of a child currently enrolled. Looking at SJCS from the alumna perspective, my child received an excellent preparation for middle school. She is continuing at a Jewish day school. Her Judaic studies preparation appears to been more than satisfactory; SJCS' emphasis on text study puts her at great advantage. Her Hebrew preparation was equal to her peers at her new school and she transitioned seamlessly. As for general studies, SJCS laid an outstanding foundation for success. My child thrived at SJCS and is now doing every bit as well in middle school. As a current parent, I continue to be impressed by the integration: of the curriculum, of the teaching staff, of the focus on Dereh Eretz and on a team approach to educating the whole child. Whether the student is gifted or needs an extra push, resources are available. One of the best qualities I've found at SJCS, in addition to the education, is the amazing sense of community. This committed group of folks comes together to support school families in good times and in bad. The warmth and caring is unlike anything I've experienced elsewhere. It's a whole package: people, learning and building a community -- as well as a community of learners and doers.