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MotherofTwoinSeattle

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Review for Northend Jewish School, Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

SJCS has been a wonderful way for us to provide a Jewish community for our children. As an interfaith family raising Jewish children, we were concerned with finding a place where our children felt they belonged and that would respect our family's choices. Our children are encouraged, challenged and valued as whole people. The staff are amazing! I just can't say enough good things but here are a few examples: *My son was allowed to go at his own pace in first grade (he was the youngest in his class and we wanted to give him time). When he still wasn't reading at the beginning of second grade, they immediately started him working with the school's learning specialist and he now reads well above grade level. I appreciated the school's respect for our desire not to push, while at the same time providing him with all the support he needed. *Both of my children come home singing songs in Hebrew. They start working with Hebrew and Judaics in kindergarten. I really feel it is a gift to give my kids a thorough knowledge of the traditions and rituals of Judaism (while respecting the diversity of practice represented in the school and the wider world.) *Regular field trips to the food bank in third grade - social justice is practiced throughout the school. *Regular interaction with kids from other grade levels. Children get frequent opportunities to be mentors or to learn from older students. I remember in grade school that the kids in the older grades never talked to younger kids - it wasn't "cool." SJCS is teaching kids that helping others *is* cool. My children know and interact during the school day with kids in both younger and older grades.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal and academic growth of my children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing, talented, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay teachers better, enroll more children especially those from families with lower incomes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Client Served & My children attend school here.