LOWER SCHOOL AT Pardes Jewish Day School (K-4)

Where children develop as creatives, critical thinkers, communicators, and collaborators

As a parent, you know that where and how children spend their formative years matter.

That’s why choosing the right private elementary school is so important — you want your child to love coming to school and learning! You also want them to build a strong academic foundation in an environment that will simultaneously nurture their development socially and emotionally.

At Pardes Jewish Day School, Lower School is all about exploration and discovery. We help students build an early excitement about learning that will carry them through middle school, high school, and beyond. In our classrooms, we make space for children to explore and reflect on what they’ve learned. As active participants in their own education, they become motivated to use their skills to change the world. Our program is grounded in Jewish values, which provides students with a deep connection to their heritage and a strong sense of belonging.

Our program offers an environment where innovative learning and Jewish values meet. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of what we offer, including: As you read more about our approach to learning, contact our admissions team if you have any questions.

Our Approach

A Student-Centered Learning Experience

At Pardes, we recognize students as individuals with their own learning styles, interests, and strengths. Your child will be known well by their teachers, which creates a sense of security where young learners feel safe to ask questions, take risks, and fail forward. When they don’t succeed on the first try, we provide the encouragement and skills to help them feel comfortable and confident enough to try again. This cultivates a growth mindset, which enhances learning and achievement.

Wondering what your child’s day will look like at Pardes?

Here’s a snapshot of our Lower School curriculum:

Morning Meeting

 Students set the tone for the day and connect with peers, sharing important events in their lives, doing a collaborative activity, and focusing their intentions. It’s a powerful time of connection that fosters social and emotional growth.

Reading & Writing Workshop

We utilize the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project from Teachers College at Columbia University, which helps young learners become avid and skilled readers and writers through state-of-the-art tools and methods.

Mystery Science

Students love our interactive science program that asks them to solve a mystery with each lesson. Mystery Science is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Lessons include exciting hands-on experiences, interactive videos, and discussion questions requiring students to make connections and inferences.

Innovation

Project Based Learning is woven throughout the curriculum and allows students to work on hands-on projects daily. Some even span throughout an entire semester! At Pardes, projects exist to drive learning, not merely to prove learning. We value process as much as product.

Math

We use Reveal Math, a curriculum that is grounded in contemporary research and teaches foundational skills while fostering a mathematical mindset in our students.

Hebrew / Jewish Studies

Students explore the benefits of learning a second language, connect to Judaism by analyzing stories of the Torah, discuss Jewish values, and explore the meaning of prayers, holidays, and traditions.

Specials

Whether in Makerspace, musical theater, PE, or art, students explore their natural talents through specials and build connections with peers over shared experiences.

Morning & Afternoon Care

Our Lower School day runs from 8:10 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., but we offer morning and afternoon care so your child can be in a safe and consistent environment each day. Morning care begins on campus at 7:30 a.m.  Afternoon activities are offered through Club J at the Jewish Community Center until 5:30 p.m.

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Meet Our Exceptional Teachers

Our dedicated Lower School faculty leads students in Project Based Learning, integrating technology in age-appropriate ways. They regularly attend top-level education workshops around the country; this professional development allows them to bring research-based best practices to the classroom each day.

By modeling kindness and emphasizing character development, Lower School teachers make a lasting impression on their students, showing them how to care for one another and be good citizens. You won’t have to wonder how your child is doing at Pardes — we believe open communication is key for a strong home-school partnership.

Visit our Faculty & Staff Directory to read more about our amazing educators.

Why Do Families Choose Pardes?

Building Transferable Skills

Students at Pardes build an academic foundation that emphasizes the four Cs of 21st century learning: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. This is accomplished through Project Based Learning, which encourages students to be actively engaged, asking questions, seeking answers, and solving problems.

With a focus on STEAM and a dedicated Makerspace, students become innovators, exploring how what they’ve learned can be applied to make a difference in the world.

Embracing Shared Values

Every child’s learning environment has an impact on who they will become. During the Lower School years, students grow in awareness of their Jewish heritage as they learn about traditions and culture. We partner with parents to reinforce the values taught at home, helping each student understand their personal connection to their Judaism, and respecting each family’s level of observance. 

At Pardes, your child will have opportunities to participate in Mitzvah Days as well as school-wide Tikkun Olam projects. They will learn the importance of chesed (kindness) in everyday life, and develop the skills to become a changemaker. Like you, we want their voices to be heard and their skills to be utilized in a meaningful way as they grow.

Learning & Growing in a Safe Place

We value your child’s safety, which is why we’ve invested in a gated campus, surveillance cameras, locking doors, and protection officers. All faculty and staff have thorough background checks, and a full-time school nurse and school counselor are on staff to assist students when needed.

But there is more to safety than a secure, well-staffed campus. Social-emotional safety is also a high priority at Pardes. Through our Responsive Classroom model, Pardes teachers model how to resolve conflict and develop healthy relationships with peers, creating a positive learning culture.

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“The small class sizes, hands-on learning opportunities, and focus on social-emotional learning have allowed our daughter, Emma, to thrive academically and socially at Pardes. Pardes has a welcoming and warm community that makes all its students and their families feel at home. Our daughter loves being at Pardes, and we couldn’t be happier with how she has grown as a student and person during the last two years.”

-Maya and Brian Axt, Pardes Elementary Parents

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