Parents who are committed to providing their children with the best possible education understand that classes with low student-teacher ratios taught by exceptional teachers in a warm, caring environment are key to building a strong educational foundation. By integrating Jewish culture and values into a rigorous academic program, students become comfortable with the rich customs and traditions of their heritage while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the secular world. The Jewish day school experience helps students see the world through Jewish eyes as they develop personal integrity, compassion for others (Gemilut Chasadim), and responsibility for taking care of our world (Tikkun Olam). Pardes Jewish Day School offers the perfect balance of an outstanding secular education coupled with an exceptional Jewish learning experience, which includes Hebrew and Jewish studies.
Pardes Jewish Day School is committed to providing a dynamic learning environment for all students. The curriculum at Pardes from kindergarten through eighth grade exemplifies excellence in education while taking into consideration the needs of the whole child. Whether in a secular studies or Jewish studies class, Pardes students at all grade levels learn to think critically, research, analyze and evaluate content. The dedicated faculty incorporates best practices in education through a balance of hands-on experiential learning and more traditional approaches using direct instruction, technology, as well as textbooks and supplementary materials. Additionally, Jewish values, history and text are woven into the daily fabric of our Jewish community enabling our students to become proud and knowledgeable Jews.
Children in Jewish day schools function exceptionally well in the secular community because they have a healthy sense of their identity. As caring, understanding individuals, they are comfortable forming new relationships in our multi-ethnic American society. Jewish day schools give children a Jewish values base from which they can make meaningful contributions to our American culture. Pardes is proud that we graduate students who transition beautifully into high school and the secular world. Pardes graduates are extremely successful in both local public and private high school programs as well as very reputable colleges and universities across the country.
Upon graduation, students leave Pardes prepared to succeed in advanced level high school coursework at both public and independent schools of their choosing. Our graduates attend a variety of high schools including Phoenix Country Day School, Chaparral High School, Horizon High School, the Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) at Paradise Valley High School and the International Baccalaureate program at Desert Mountain High School.
Every Jewish child deserves a Jewish education. Understanding that not every family can afford the cost of a quality Jewish day school education, an innovative and equitable scholarship program has been established. The Jewish Tuition Organization (JTO) provides tuition assistance to children who would otherwise be unable to afford a Jewish educational experience. For the 2015-2016 school year, 47% of students received some form of financial aid, with the average award slightly over $8,000. The minimum award was $4,000 for qualifying families. The guidelines of the JTO are that a family with a Federal Adjusted Gross Income of up to $300,000 may be eligible for an award. These awards are funded with tax credit dollars available to taxpayers in the state of Arizona. We encourage you to contact the school for a confidential appointment to discuss your family’s needs.
Pardes has exceeded our expectations in every possible way! We could not be more impressed with the school, and our daughter agrees! The education she is receiving, both Jewishly and academically, surpasses any other program we have seen in Arizona. We are so grateful to have found a school like Pardes!