Why Families Choose Pardes
Through Project Based Learning and STEAM integration, Pardes students are mastering content alongside important skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Just ask our first graders — they engage in a shuk (market) project that starts with creating a business plan with their homeroom teacher, then designing their market booths in our Makerspace, creating goods in art class to sell in their booths, and incorporating Hebrew and Jewish studies as they learn about Israeli shuk concepts.
Skills such as self-discipline, patience, empathy, and social awareness are incredibly important for success in any endeavor. Through our Responsive Classroom model and classes centered around social-emotional skills, Pardes teachers take a holistic approach to learning, helping to ensure students have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to move through life with confidence.
Utilizing advanced technology.
We’ve invested in emerging technologies in our classrooms, our Makerspace, and around our campus so students are familiar and comfortable using tomorrow’s technology today. Students are encouraged to explore, discover, tinker, create, and invent using a variety of tools and materials, software, electronics, and 3D printers. In addition to our Director of Makerspace, we have a dedicated technology integration specialist on staff who oversees the technology, its infrastructure, and how it’s incorporated into the curriculum and Project Based Learning.
Intentional class sizes. Exceptional educators.
Your child will be in a class that is small enough to offer personalized attention and the benefit of fewer distractions, but also large enough to ensure the right amount of peer interaction. Additionally, we have empowered our faculty to be life-long learners. Pardes educators are committed to staying in-the-know regarding latest research in best practices in teaching and educational methods — 100% of Pardes faculty members participate in high level professional development programs at top institutions around the country.
The authentic teaching of Jewish values.
Jewish life is central to the Pardes student experience. We integrate Jewish values, rituals, language, and culture throughout all aspects of the student experience. In addition to Hebrew and Jewish studies class, students come together for Tefillah services and weekly Torah study. Students at all grade levels enjoy our school-wide Mitzvah Days providing them with the opportunity to give back to greater Jewish and secular communities.