Denver JDS has been educating the city's Jewish youth for more than 36 years.
We've come a long way from the one-room schoolhouse where Theodor Herzl Jewish Day School (Herzl) was founded in 1975, serving 14 students in grades 1-5. Four years later, in 1979, Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy (RMHA) was established, with ten students in grades 9-12.
In 1994, members of the Herzl and RMHA Boards began work on a vision of a single, unified space for Jewish education.In April of 1998, the trustees of both boards voted overwhelmingly to merge the two schools into one institution: the Denver Campus for Jewish Education (DCJE), which then became known as both DCJE and Herzl/RMHA.
In 2001, Phil Kalin became the first president and CEO of DCJE. He served in that role until 2007, when our current Head of School/CEO, Avi Halzel took the helm. In August 2010, the school was re-branded and became known as Denver Jewish Day School (Denver JDS).
Private school accreditation is not required by the State of Colorado at the K-12 level, however it demonstrates a degree of quality and stability -- from rigorous academic standards and best practices to financial viability to college acceptance and more -- that helps parents verify the quality of a school.
Denver JDS has proudly been accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) since 1986. Their parent organization, NAIS (the National Association of Independent Schools) offers this study about the lifelong returns of an independent school education
Board of Trustees
We rely on -- and report to -- lay leaders in our community, who graciously serve on our Board.
Did You Know?
Class photos from our first days through today are framed and hung in the Lower Division hallway just north of the development offices as well as in the Malman Opatowski Board Room in the Upper Division building. Many of our alumni still have ties to Denver JDS.