Love what you do.
— Ethics of Our Fathers 1:10
From after-school clubs and sports to year-long activities, at Denver JDS there's something to interest just about everyone.
A broad range of extra-curricular experiences enriches student life and positions Denver Jewish Day School students to be well-prepared for college and beyond.
Our Upper Division opportunities are designed to honor the broad interests and capabilities of young adults. Click on the tabs below to explore some of what we offer. Looking for even more? Check out our Experiential Learning page.
From movie nights to school dances to Chanukah game day to Shabbat retreats, the Denver JDS student council plans a full year of activities. Leaders are elected by the student body and include president, vice president, communications, Jewish/Israel programmer, middle school liaison, Chesed Club representative, and grade level representatives.
News and current events both in and outside of school, along with op ed pieces, photography, and creative writing are published several times a year in the Upper Division newspaper. Seniors serve as the editorial staff, and all students are invited to contribute to The Paw.
Israel: Stand with Us
Seventh to 12th graders can explore the questions and challenges affecting Israel today as Stand With Us participants.
Moot Beit Din
High school representatives from Denver JDS have the opportunity to join students from across North American Jewish day schools for a competition in Jewish law and legal argument. Each year a different topic is chosen, and students work together to produce and argue a legal opinion on a contemporary topic.
The Healthy Education Learning Program (HELP) committee generates, develops, and facilitates programs for both the Upper and Lower Divisions at Denver JDS. Program content is student-driven, and past topics have included responsible internet use, combating bullying, LGBT inclusivity, safe driving, and drug and alcohol awareness.
Technically part of the 12th grade curriculum, the senior class creates and edits the content for our annual yearbook, which is a K-12 publication. Students are responsible for writing copy, taking pictures, designed the graphic layout, and marketing of the yearbook.
Representatives from both the Lower Division and Upper Division serve as student ambassadors for the school. Teachers recommend students who consistently demonstrate the school's Words to Live By, or Divrei Chaim, to host visiting students, accompany the director of admission at school recruitment events, and give school tours.