The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
“Where curiosity leads to discovery”
JDS, located in Bellevue, WA, was founded in 1980 by a small group of community leaders who longed to provide an exceptional values-based, ‘whole child’ education delivered in a Jewish environment and made available to every child regardless of Jewish lineage. JDS serves approximately 85 students, Early Childhood through 8th Grade with ambitions of serving100+ students. 72% of the families are unaffiliated with a synagogue or other Jewish organization that serves as their community.
JDS provides an integrated curriculum of learning through inquiry, exploration and reflection, placing great emphasis on the strategies and processes involved in learning and self-growth. The inquiry-based curriculum engages students in multi-age groups, allowing them to learn through exploration – a natural process for children.
JDS takes an integrated approach to Jewish Life and Learning. Just as Judaism is an integrated approach to living, Jewish Life and Learning is integrated into the educational program at Jewish Day School. It begins with the JDS mission: exceptional education, confident, wise & compassionate upstanders, community stewardship. Jewish Life and Learning informs each part of the JDS school model. The JDS Core Values are Jewish values and they guide who the school wants their students to become. The Core Values and other Jewish values are integrated into the day and taught by all the teachers of all subjects.
Mission & Vision
The Mission of the Jewish Day School is to provide an exceptional education that empowers Jewish children to be confident, wise and compassionate upstanders who are committed to life-long learning and community stewardship.
Challenging Academics Etgar
We challenge every child, cultivate independent and critical thinking skills, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders with our innovative, integrated and rigorous curriculum.
We promote inclusiveness, celebrate spirituality, and honor our shared heritage and love for Israel.
Jewish Identity Zehut
We build a solid Jewish identity through Torah Study, mitzvot, and acts of chesed, while upholding a culture of pluralism and acceptance.
We teach and model respect for individuals, for our school and for the world.
Accreditation and Affiliation
The Jewish Day School is accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and belongs to the National Association of Independent School (NAIS), PRIZMAH Center for Jewish Day Schools, Puget Sound Independent Schools and receives support from the SAMIS Foundation. JDS is certified by the Washington Board of Education as meeting the state requirements for a private school.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
How to Apply
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document:
- EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact Joan Beauregard for this document)
- Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
- Current Resume
- Statement of Educational Philosophy
- A list of five or more references with contact information (name, relationship to candidate, phone and email addresses)
- Up to three letters of reference (optional)
- Educators Collaborative Disclosure Form (Contact Joan Beauregard for this document)