The Erlich/Hollingworth Family
What do you love most about Pardes?
We love the teachers, leadership, small classes, Judaic studies, Hebrew and well-rounded curriculum that includes an innovative approach to child learning. We like the emphasis on Judaism, traditions, Hebrew and the connection to Israel. As an Israeli father, I was pleasantly surprised at the incorporation of Israeli traditions and important dates in Israel’s history into the curriculum in a balanced fashion.
Why did you choose Pardes for your child(ren)?
We wanted our son to have a Jewish education with advanced academics in a well-rounded curriculum. We wanted our son to be exposed to different levels of observance in Judaism. We strongly value that Judaism be an everyday part of our son’s education. We appreciate the schools cooperation with other organizations, shuls, and rabbis to enrich their education.
In what ways have you seen your child(ren) grow and develop as a result of their experience at Pardes?
Our son has thrived in this environment because it is conducive to learning and individuality. We have seen our son advance exponentially in reading, math, comprehension, confidence, expression of the self, science, Hebrew, sports and more. I am impressed everyday by his maturity and creativity.
Describe how your child(ren) benefits from the secular academic classes, learning the Hebrew language and Jewish studies at Pardes?
The academics have been phenomenal. Our son is the youngest in his class usually, however, this has never affected learning or performance. There is such and individual focus on every child, that everyone gets to the same level regardless of age. Our son has become such a great reader so fast. His comprehension and math skills are excellent. We especially wanted Hebrew and Jewish studies to be a focus in our son’s education. Pardes offers a great balance of this along with superior and innovative academics.
What would you say to a prospective family who is considering Pardes for their child(ren)?
If you want a well-balanced experience in academics, sports, Jewish studies and Hebrew, Pardes is the perfect school. I recommend Pardes to families of any religion because of the superior and innovative academics and strong value system. Our son LOVES to go to school. Our son has learned structure and discipline in a nurturing and supportive environment. We had looked at other schools that were just too unbalanced in various areas; like too much academics, or too much free play. Pardes offers the perfect balance for your child to thrive and develop their individual strengths and interests. Leadership keeps up on innovation and curriculum change which is essential to the quality improvement process that they are constantly engaged in.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your family’s experience at Pardes?
Whenever we provide feedback to leadership, they are engaged and hear us. Solutions are always met with collaboration. The team is approachable and very engaging. They are willing to work with parents and collaborate!