The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle 


JDS educates children in preschool through 8th grade. JDS strives to be the first educational choice for the Jewish community of Greater Seattle. JDS is a member of NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools) since 2003;  and RAVSAK (The Jewish Community Day School Network). JDS is accredited every year by WA state. It is the beneficiary of the SAMIS Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. JDS started in 1980 with 42 students grades K-2 and is now a preschool through 8th grade with over 200 students. JDS is  501(c)(3) non-profit independent school directed by a board of trustees. JDS, located in Bellevue, serves students from 30+ zip codes. JDS runs two school buses that serve students from the north and south ends of Seattle. Over 60 of our families are not affiliated with any other Jewish organization. The core values of our education are (a) offering challenging academics, (b) promoting community (c) instilling Jewish Identity and (d) modelling respect. JDS offers a comprehensive preparatory curriculum, critical and independent thinking skills, active leadership and global engagement and a diverse community. Our graduates attend independent and public high schools from which they graduate to universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Brandeis, Brown, Vassar etc. Our goal is to promote one diverse, inclusive and connected Jewish community.

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Jewish Day School is to provide an exceptional education that empowers Jewish children to be confident, wise, and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community stewardship.
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The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
15749 NE 4th Street 
(425) 460-0200 

Mike Downs 
Interim Head of School 


The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle Programs

  1. We provide a program of academic excellence distinguished by a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, a deep and collaborative learning environment, character education and a community that seeks, promotes and embraces a diversity of people and thought.
  2. A strong Mitzvah/Community Service program permeates the campus with children in third grade staffing the Jewish Family Service Food bank each month.
  3. We are an entry point into the Jewish community and serve as a facility which builds community and extends Jewish culture.


Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In 2005 JDS embarked on a Capital Campaign to raise $15m including $3m toward an endowment. Just under $15 million was raised. JDS achieved Level 3 status as a King County Green School in 2013.        

As a part of the organization’s mission as a community school, JDS accepts all applicants to the program regardless of their financial circumstances. As a result, the school does not limit resources available for annual tuition scholarship. The economic recession has had a significant impact on many of our families, and has resulted in increasing demands for annual school scholarship resources.  Middle income families are also finding it increasingly more difficult to afford a private school due to the cost of education. As a percentage of tuition, scholarship allocations have increased annually from 14% in 2008-2009 to 32% in 2012-2013, or $512K and $1,204K, respectively. JDS has taken steps to better align tuition scholarship funds in the coming school year.  Currently, it is anticipated tuition scholarships will account for approximately 28% of total tuition.  The goal is to keep tuition scholarship dollars manageable in the coming years.

In addition to scholarship and operating budget challenges, our grant funds for the 2012-2013 school year continue to be below historic levels. This places additional pressure on the school to make up the difference with tuition, fundraising, and other sources of income. JDS has already taken measures to cut back on operating expenses and re-align key areas of the organization to improve efficiency.   The organization is also offering a number of new programs aimed at increasing enrollment at the school.  We are starting to see the impact of these programs this year (2012-2013).


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