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Denver JDS was named one of 5280 Magazines’s Top Private Schools in their most recent rankings.

General Studies

Extraordinary Education is more than just a part of our tagline; it is at the core of our existence. Literature circles, science experiments, project-based learning, lively classroom discussions, field trips, and  collaboration make up the daily experience at Denver JDS.

A grade-by-grade overview of the Denver JDS academic curriculum will be available online soon. In the meantime, we invite you to contact Lower Division co-principals, Susan Resnick or Elana Shapiro and Upper Division principal Bryan Hay for more information.

lightbulbs5Judaic Studies
Our pluralistic Judaic program is designed to inspire learners to develop a deep relationship with Torah, Israel, and the Jewish people. A focus on our school’s middotor behavior informed by Jewish values, is fostered in all grades. Hebrew language is studied in every grade and a six-week Hebrew/Israel Immersion Program (HIP) in Israel for the 10th grade is a keystone of our Judaic curriculum.

No Hebrew? No problem.
An introductory Hebrew language program is available for students who enter middle or high school without a day school background.

Grades K through 5 experience a blend of music, holiday celebrations, prayer and inquiry into Jewish text. Our students start learning to speak, read and write Hebrew in kindergarten and use their developing skills to read traditional and modern texts in their original language.

The middle school (grades 6 through 8 ) curriculum is designed to deepen learners’ sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Traditional Jewish text study, tikkun olam (service learning), prayer, and Sabbath retreats create an environment where students can safely question and express their personal Jewish identity.

The high school curriculum (grades 9 through 12) gives learners flexibility and choice. Courses are based in contemporary and traditional Jewish thought, history, prayer, and text. This provides a Judaic studies program with broad appeal and encourages individuals to seek meaning and purpose in their lives.

Click here to read a recent Denver Post article about the benefits of speaking a second language!