The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle Programs
JDS provides 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.
A strong Mitzvah/Community Service program permeates the campus with students empowered to research, identify and take action to make a difference in their world. The campus is home to the JFS Eastside Food Bank which students help service each month, students in each grade select and promote "taking action" projects throughout the year, and we have a student-led Green Team which has been responsible for the school's attaining level 3 in the King County Green School Program.
JDS is an entry point into the Jewish community and serve as a facility which builds community and extends Jewish culture. We have a diverse community of families and our campus serves as an eastside gathering space for the Jewish community. JDS strives to ensure its program is financially accessible for all Jewish families who want their child(ren) to have a JDS education.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
JDS has recently named a new Head of School, Hamutal Gavish, who began her term in July 2014 and completed strategic planning with the release of The JDS 2014 Plan for the Future for an exemplary inquiry based program rooted in Jewish values. The strategic plan will guide the school forward focusing on the expansion and implementation of the school's highly praised inquiry-based curriculum as well as ensuring JDS's financial sustainability.
Aligning with its mission, the school seeks to make its program available to any Jewish student who wants a JDS education. That commitment along with reduced grant funds the school receives from foundations and other funding sources, often places a strain on the existing tuition assistance program. Ensuring we have tuition assistance available for those families needing it is one of the school's most pressing needs today.