Academics (grades 9-12)
Students take their learning to a higher level when they study outside of the classroom. Click here to learn more.
The academic rigor of AP courses (typically beginning in 10th grade) demands a high degree of individual commitment and encourages development of time-management skills.
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And you shall teach [these words] diligently
to your children.
— Deuteronomy 6:7
Extraordinary education is more than just a part of our tagline; it’s at the core of our existence.
Academic excellence goes far beyond having a high grade point average. Denver Jewish Day School students are inspired to think deeply, work collaboratively, listen thoughtfully, and act responsibly. Literature circles, science experiments, project based learning, lively classroom discussions, and Judaic values make up the daily experience here. Through active, hands-on learning with their peers, students gain an understanding of the world around them and the impact they can have.
Our pluralistic Judaic program inspires learners to develop a positive relationship with Israel, Torah, and the Jewish people. A focus on our school’s Divrei Chaim (or Words to Live By) is fostered in all grades and all classes. Hebrew language is studied in every grade as well, and a six-week Hebrew Immersion Program (HIP) in Israel for the 10th grade is a keystone of our Hebrew program.
Our High School Curriculum
Denver JDS high school faculty earn and develop mutual trust and respect from and for their students. They get to know each student well and use the close relationships they build to help each student excel both academically and personally. Click below to learn more about each academic area of our high school curriculum. Click here to learn more about Experiential Learning at Denver JDS.
High school English involves advanced literary analysis and close reading of modern and classic novels, including delving into the relationships between different literature and its historical period. Close reading of thematic American work leads to increasingly complex essay writing and sophisticated verbal responses to a variety of literary ideas. AP English courses are available in 11th and 12th grades.
From algebra to geometry to AP calculus and statistics courses, high school students develop deductive reasoning skills and gain analytical problem-solving abilities that set them up for success in college and beyond. Course placement is determined by math readiness, and AP classes are available in 11th and 12th grades.
The high school curriculum supports the three-year science graduation requirement by offering year-long college preparatory courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics based physics. In addition, we offer semester long elective courses to allow students to explore topics not covered in those introductory courses to integrate with the Tzedek track or to delve into topics at a college level.
Students delve into World History, U.S. history, and economics during their high school years. Studying historical, geographic, economic, and civic lessons from the past gives students a framework from which to consider current events and economic paradigms. AP options are available in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
In keeping with our school’s commitment to Israel – and because learning a foreign language provides students with an academic advantage – Denver JDS students engage in daily Hebrew learning. Our program fosters proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Classes are taught almost exclusively in Hebrew, and topics include Israeli society, culture, and current events. During their sophomore year, Hebrew learning intensifies when Denver JDS students spend six weeks on the Hebrew Immersion Program (HIP). Incoming students without a Hebrew background are brought up to speed with a Hebrew introduction program.
Judaics in high school places an emphasis of flexibility and choice. Each semester, students select a "core" course, an "option" course, and different tefilah (Jewish prayer) option — which focus on building skills and literacy while cultivating personal meaning. An intentionally wide variety of courses in the areas of Text & Tradition, Thought & Ethics, and Jewish History offer broad appeal and encourages individuals to seek meaning and purpose in their lives. Honors Judaic Studies courses, which feature more Hebrew and a more challenging academic program, are available for students seeking a more rigorous academic track.
Our school features a one-to-one bring your own device program, allowing for all students to have their own personal computer with them for their classes. Teachers plan their lessons with this in mind, using the technology to expand the walls of the classroom and take the learning to the next level.