Admission Overview

Your Denver Jewish Day School admission journey begins with your initial inquiry, and our goal is to develop a strong and supportive relationship with each and every potential new parent and student.

Denver JDS aims to serve families who desire a Jewish day school education for their children. As an independent school, we believe it's important for applicants to understand what criteria we've established for student success. These criteria guide us during the application process to ensure that our school meets the needs of all students we admit. Applicants are required to have one Jewish parent to be eligible for admission. Denver Jewish Day School does not admit students who are a part of a messianic religious community.

Students who apply for admission to Denver JDS are required to visit the school prior to admission. For students applying to grades 1-12, this visit can take place before or after the admission application is submitted. Kindergarten visits are scheduled during Future Tiger Week, usually held in February.

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Admission Criteria

Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Demonstrates developmentally appropriate pre-academic skills displayed on school visit and documented in teacher recommendation form. Parent/guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent/guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS. Students turning five by October 1 of their kindergarten year are eligible for kindergarten admission. If you believe your child is ready for kindergarten and turns five between October 2 and December 31, click here to read about our process for consideration of early entry to kindergarten.

Grades 1 - 6

Grades 1 - 6

Meets grade level academic expectations as documented by school records, teacher recommendation, and student visit to Denver JDS. Demonstrates positive behaviors and social skills in the classroom community as documented by school visit to Denver JDS and teacher recommendation/school records. Parent/guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent/guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS.

Grades 7 - 12

Grades 7 - 12

Demonstrates academic strength in secular studies (math, language arts, science, social studies, foreign language) as documented by a B or higher equivalent grade point average (GPA). Demonstrates positive behavior in current school as documented by minimal (if any) disciplinary interventions on school records and in teacher recommendations. Demonstrates positive school behaviors on school visit to Denver JDS. Demonstrates genuine interest in learning Hebrew and Judaic studies and in being part of a Jewish community as documented by Student Statement and in student interview. Demonstrates well-rounded interests in participation in activities outside of school as documented by application materials, in Student Statement, and in student interview. Parent/guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent/guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS.

Special Circumstances

Does your student have learning differences or other challenges? Denver JDS strives to welcome as many Jewish students as possible, and we have many students enrolled in our school who receive additional support from our Learning Resource Center. If your child has documented mild to moderate learning differences, ADHD, sensory issues, or other challenges, we encourage you to reach out for a conversation. We will conduct a full review of your child's written evaluation, IEP, and/or 504 Plan and work closely with you to determine whether our school is a good fit.

School Visits

Lower Division

Kindergarten visits are scheduled during Future Tiger Week, usually held in February. Students visit in small groups (no larger than 10 students). We schedule our applicants for either morning or afternoon visits; parents are required to attend as well. Students will spend about an hour with our admission team while parents meet with school administration to learn more about our school.

Lower Division student visits for grades one through five are a half day (morning through lunch). Students visit in the grade in which they are currently enrolled and are paired with a student host. Lunch is provided. Students arrive at 8 a.m. to meet the teaching team and their host. The goal of the Lower Division visit is for the student to get a feel for our school environment and for the school to observe the student in our school setting. Contact the Office of Admission to learn more and schedule your student visit.

Upper Division

Upper Division student visits for grades six through 12 are a full day and take place on Mondays and Wednesdays or by appointment. Students visit in the grade in which they are currently enrolled, with the exception of fifth graders who spend time in both fifth and sixth grades, and eighth graders who spend time in both eighth and ninth grades. High school visitors (grades 9-12) will also participate in an interview with the admission team. This can take place during the school visit or it can be scheduled separately. The goal of the Upper Division visit is for the student to get a feel for our unique community, culture, and learning environment, and for our school to observe the student in our setting. Contact the Office of Admission to learn more and schedule your student visit.

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