Education Profiles


BASIS CHARTER SCHOOLS
BASISschools.org

The mission of BASIS charter schools is to empower students to achieve at globally-competitive levels with a transformative K–12 academic program. With 21 charter schools throughout Arizona, Texas and Washington, D.C.- and more to come – we continue striving to fulfill our mission every day.

BASIS charter schools takes great pride in its internationally-benchmarked liberal arts curriculum, which is taught by subject matter and learning experts who inspire our students to master foundational academic disciplines and competencies that empower them in their future lives and careers.

From Kindergarten to Senior Projects, the BASIS.ed course of study is connected. Beginning in the primary grades, much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary, and the relevant connections students make across subjects expand critical thinking and problem solving skills that they carry for the rest of their lives. As students advance through the program, our teachers build upon the students’ understanding of connections between disciplines and how those connections affect the world. Additionally, according to the OECD Test for Schools, which gauges student performance and student-teacher satisfaction, BASIS students are not only some of the smartest kids, they are also among the happiest and most fulfilled.

This year, BASIS charter schools took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Charter Schools list. These rankings are determined by data collected from more than 21,000 public high schools in the United States. This year, we have expanded several of our schools to include a primary school program and we will open five new campuses between now and fall 2017.

B’NAI TZEDEK YOUTH PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM
of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix
12701 N Scottsdale Road, Ste. 202, Scottsdale
480-699-1717 • jcfphoenix.org

The B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Program empowers Jewish teens to help change the world through Jewish philanthropy, tzedakah and tikkun olam. Valley teens in grades 7-12 establish a charitable endowment fund in their name and gain knowledge and skills from Jewish sources on giving, financial literacy and modern philanthropy. The organization also helps establish relationships between Jewish teens and Jewish organizations in our community and abroad.

Through a wide range of outreach programs, B’nai Tzedek offers teens an opportunity to deepen their commitment to social action as well as a chance to engage in meaningful community service projects, from hosting a carnival for individuals with special needs to enhancing the lives of seniors.

“It’s exciting to see the teens accept the privileges and responsibilities of having their own funds,” says Director of Youth Philanthropy Andrea Cohen. “Since the program started in 2005, the 300 B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropists have recommended $32,237 from their individual funds to over 175 nonprofit organizations all over the world.”

“We’re developing the next generation of leaders in the Jewish community,” adds JCF Director of Grants and Communications Sheryl Quen.  “We include opportunities for service learning and a chance to participate on the Youth Philanthropy Board, which encompasses advocacy, leadership, service learning and collective grant-making all rolled into one. Two YP board members can even serve on the foundation board of directors.”

Andrea adds, “Several teens that have created B’nai Tzedek funds have already converted them into Donor Advised Funds, and are continuing their leadership roles in a professional capacity. We invite all Jewish teens to join our program and work with us to improve our community, both here and in places around the globe. Each person can make a real difference.”

DARKAYNU – TUCSON JEWISH MONTESSORI
5150 E Fifth St., Tucson
520-591-7680 • darkaynutucson.com

Darkaynu is a child-centered learning environment for children ages 3 to 6, founded by renowned educators Rabbi Israel and Esther Becker. Distinguished by a commitment to excellence in both Jewish and general studies, Darkaynu offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to promote independence, self-confidence, and a lifelong love of learning.

Our philosophy is consistent with both Jewish tradition and the Montessori Method. We believe in “teaching the child according to his or her path,” which promotes an unshakable belief in the “total child.” This focus on social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual development enables the child to discover his or her fullest potential. We are dedicated to helping our children develop the positive habits, ethics, attitudes and skills to pave the way for a lifetime of growth.

The Montessori classroom has five main areas of interest: practical life, sensorial, language, math and cultural (including music, art, science and geography). In conjunction with this, Darkaynu incorporates Jewish holidays, prayers, history and traditions into all areas of study.

We have a newly renovated indoor classroom and are planning a fully appointed outdoor classroom to be open as the weather cools.  Lead teacher Jennifer McDowell is a recent graduate of the Khalsa Montessori Teacher Training Program. Fully certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS), Jennifer offers a solid understanding of the Montessori approach as well as great enthusiasm, creativity, and an endlessly loving spirit.

The only school in Tucson to offer Jewish education in a Montessori environment, the staff of Darkaynu is thrilled to offer children and families this unique educational experience.

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER AT THE EAST VALLEY JCC
908 N Alma School Road, Chandler
480-897-0588 • evjcc.org

The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) at the EVJCC is a full-service program (7 am – 6 pm, Monday thru Friday) for children age six weeks through pre-kindergarten. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a Four Star Quality First center. We are committed to creating a well-rounded, safe and nurturing environment that provides children with all of the components necessary for their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. Additionally, the ECLC fosters creativity, curiosity, an understanding of Judaic identity and values, along with individual diversity and a passion for learning. We strive to meet the needs of all of our children and families regardless of race, religion, culture or abilities.

The Early Childhood Learning Center focuses on developmentally-appropriate curriculum that challenges children to reach their next level of learning through hands-on activities. All of this is done in a safe, nurturing environment that teaches values through a Jewish lens.

The Early Childhood Learning Center has a very active parent base – our JPAC (JCC Parent Action Committee). Each month, they plan a mitzvah project – a way to encourage our families to give back to the community at large. Our Birthday Box collection for A New Leaf, brought in over 200 items to be used to make boxes for children at the shelter so they could have what all children want – a birthday cake for their special day. In addition, we partnered with outside agencies for an annual blood drive with the American Red Cross in the spring. With our families’ tireless efforts, our spring community engagement and fundraiser was a huge success. Over 100 families participated in planning, advertising and attending our family dinner and Purim basket raffle.

Our program has been active since 1971. The children at the Early Childhood Learning Center are part of our family, with many of them children, or even grandchildren, of former students. We practice l’dor v’dor – from generation to generation.

FOOTHILLS ACADEMY COLLEGE PREPARATORY
Elementary campus – 4720 E Lone Mountain Road, Cave Creek
Administrative Office and Middle/High School Campus
7191 E Ashler Hills, Scottsdale
Elementary Campus 480-292-9819; Middle/High Campus
480-488-5583 • foothillsacademy.com

At Foothills Academy College Preparatory our mission is to provide an educational setting for academically advanced students who are self-directed, competent, life-long learners who will excel in college and exercise leadership in a changing world.

We serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and have a fully online program available for high school students. Foothills Academy also offers STEM+ classes, blended learning options, small class sizes, honors classes, dual enrollment, a competitive sports program designed for all levels of athletic ability and individualized college counseling and placement.

Our standardized test scores consistently exceed the state and national averages. Some of our accomplishments include an Arizona Achievement Profile of Excelling; Top Ten Arizona High School from the Arizona Republic; School of Merit from the Arizona Charter Board Association and a Bronze Award from U.S. News and World Report.

We are also members of the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Arizona Charter Athletic Association and Independent Youth Athletic Association.

Foothills Academy graduates attend outstanding institutions of higher learning, including Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, Rice, United States Air Force Academy, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, Bennington College, California Polytechnic University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

HAROLD SCHNITZER FAMILY PROGRAM IN JUDAIC STUDIES
University of Oregon
Susan Campbell Hall, Room 311
5273 University of Oregon • Eugene, OR
judaicstudies.uoregon.edu • 541-346-5288

Established in 1998, the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon is an interdisciplinary program that provides a broad liberal-arts background in an intimate small-class setting. Graduates find careers in a wide range of professional fields from business and high-tech to law, communications and nonprofit administration. The program also prepares students to go on to graduate work in Judaic studies, religious studies, archaeology and anthropology, as well as, the rabbinate and cantorial schools.

“When you study Judaic Studies, you study the world,” says Deborah Green, Greenberg Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature and Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.

Most of our courses fulfill general education requirements; thus, several of our students opt to have a double major or minor in Judaic studies. The program focuses on language, history and contemporary Judaism in the states and abroad. Students can add to their stateside studies through participation in the university’s study abroad program – either in Israel or in countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The University of Oregon maintains reciprocity with Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Technion in Haifa. Judaic Studies faculty and study abroad advisors are available to ensure college credit at any of the accredited programs in Israel and Europe.

Judaic studies faculty comprise professors from across many disciplines: anthropology, art history, comparative literature, English, geography, Germanic languages and literature, history, landscape architecture, music, philosophy, political science, religious studies, romance languages, sociology, and women’s and gender studies. Topics include Israelis and Palestinians, American Jewish Cultures, contemporary Jewish Literature, Holocaust Studies, Medieval Spain, Women and Judaism, Jews and Christians through the Centuries, Bible and Early Judaism, among others.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ARIZONA
9522 E San Salvador Dr., Scottsdale
480-874-2326 • isaz.org

The mission of the International School of Arizona is to provide academic excellence in Early Childhood, Lower and Middle School through second language immersion. In a diverse and nurturing environment, ISA prepares students to become global citizens.

Unlike other schools that teach “foreign languages” ISA students learn Spanish and French as a “second language” through the academic curriculum. Thus, they learn subject matter, as well as the language. They do not study THE language; they study IN the language. Also, starting in 4th grade, each student begins studying the THIRD language.

We are one of 52 elite international schools in North America accredited by the Ministry of Education of France. The Spanish track is accredited by the Cervantes Institute. The entire school is accredited by the U.S. AdvancEd agency. We are also affiliated with the finest independent schools in the nation through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and are not restricted by public or parochial mandates.

We have continued to grow and have acquired our own campus this year, uniting three sites under one roof. The campus includes over 60,000 square feet, with ample space for expansion.

We are so proud of the success of our Middle School program for grades 6 and 7, and eventually will add grade 8. This year, our 4th graders earned a prize for their environmental awareness. Our French elementary 1st-4th graders earned a gold medal in the “Rallye Math,” competing with the French schools of the AEFE North America Network. Our entire school community participated in an International Fair, celebrating the diversity of the world’s literature, history, geography and culture.

JEWISH EDUCATION TAX CREDIT ORGANIZATION
3822 E River Rd., Tucson
520-647-8442 • jetco.org

The Jewish Education Tax Credit Organization (JETCO) is an educational tax credit organization that makes it easy for you to support Jewish education through personal or corporate tax credit donations, without costing you a penny. It’s simple!

When you donate to JETCO, you receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on your Arizona State income tax return and help a child receive an excellent education.

As the only Jewish school tuition organization in Southern Arizona solely benefiting students at Jewish schools in Tucson, all contributions to JETCO currently go toward scholarships for students in need at Tucson Hebrew Academy and Congregation Anshei Israel’s Esther B. Feldman Kindergarten, helping students at these schools receive an excellent Jewish education.

In 2016, the limits for private school tax credit donations were increased to $1,087 for single head-of-household and married couples filing separately and to $2,173 for married couples filing jointly. We also have a monthly payment plan available to help make giving even easier.

Businesses can take advantage of the Arizona Private School Tax Credit, too. C corporations, S corporations that file a 120S corporate income tax return and insurance companies operating in Arizona are eligible to donate. Did you know that C corporations can recommend a specific private school or multiple private schools? Don’t have a preference? That’s okay! You can donate to our “Most Needed Scholarship Fund” and we will be sure that children with significant financial need are the beneficiaries of your generosity. See jetco.org for more information and forms.

JEWISH GENETIC DISEASES CENTER OF GREATER PHOENIX
12701 N Scottsdale Road #201, Scottsdale
480-668-3347 • GetScreenedAz.org

The center creates awareness, provides extensive education and imparts knowledge to young Jewish couples of child-bearing age (18-45) regarding the genetic risks and options available to all couples within our Jewish community (Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Jews by Choice and Non-Jewish partners) so that they can go on to have healthy children, thereby protecting our future generations.

We offer educational events throughout the year and free genetic counseling at educational and carrier screening events. These events provide young couples the opportunity to receive information regarding their genetic risks and options, so that they can avoid the possibility of having a child with a genetic disease.

We also provide education for our community, bringing awareness to the fact that 1 in 40 of the Ashkenazi Jewish population are carriers of the BRCA gene mutation. By being BRCA positive, one has a higher likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer during their lifetime. We educate our community in all areas of BRCA awareness and management such as: screening, counseling options and even how to eradicate the BRCA mutation from future generations.

We will hold our inaugural population-based screening event for hereditary cancers (specifically the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, associated with inherited breast and ovarian cancers, found in our Jewish community) this year. These events will offer education, genetic counseling and hereditary cancer screening, at a heavily subsidized rate for all Jewish individuals. Through early detection and awareness, education and knowledge, we will help save lives.

JEWISH HISTORY MUSEUM & HOLOCAUST HISTORY CENTER
Educational Outreach Program
564 S Stone Ave., Tucson
520-670-9073 • jewishhistorymuseum.org

The Educational Outreach Program at the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust History Center provides students of all ages an opportunity to explore questions about identity, community, memory and social justice through the prism of Jewish history in southern Arizona. In the Jewish History Building students will discover more than 100 years of Jewish history in Southern Arizona. By illuminating aspects of Holocaust history through the life experiences of Holocaust survivors, who have lived in southern Arizona, the Holocaust History Center makes a seemingly distant history feel close and immediate.  The Center hosts an exhibit that addresses contemporary human rights issues on an ongoing basis.

In February of 2O16, the Jewish History Museum opened an integrated campus that includes a five-fold expansion of the Holocaust History Center, a newly curated, thematically-designed core exhibition in the Jewish History Building and new sculpture and memorial gardens.

The Jewish History Museum provides students with an opportunity to learn a history of Jews that is both broad and local. Beyond learning about Jews specifically as the primary targets and victims of Nazi racism, the museum presents a multi-faceted and dynamic history of Jews that incorporates aspects of religious practice, values and contemporary life.

Funds are available through the Birin Family Educational Outreach Fund to defray the cost of student transportation to the Jewish History Museum.

JEWISH TUITION ORGANIZATION
12701 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-634-4926  • jtophoenix.org

The mission of the Jewish Tuition Organization is to provide need-based scholarships so that every child who wants a Jewish education can attend one of six participating K-12 Jewish day schools in Metropolitan Phoenix.

The JTO increased revenue to more than $4 million dollars providing the ability to award more new scholarships and retain students who need scholarships to continue attending our schools.

The JTO is a student tuition organization (STO) that raises money through the Arizona private school tax credit, from both individuals and corporations. Funds raised by the JTO are used for need-based scholarships for children to attend one of six Phoenix area Jewish day schools. More than 90 percent of the funds raised go directly to scholarships for students in need.

Taking the credit for Jewish education is a mitzvah that doesn’t cost a dime. The tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar credit against an Arizona tax liability, so the amount owed in taxes is diverted to the JTO and then applied as a tax credit. As long as the amount does not exceed your tax liability, it doesn’t cost anything to help the children supported by the JTO. The JTO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3); the JTO recommends that each supporter consults their tax preparer regarding federal tax contributions. “Each year we see an increase in support as more individuals and corporations understand the benefit the tax credit provides the children in our community,” says JTO Executive Director Linda Zell. Tuition and enrollment increase each year as well, so it’s important to support the JTO.

“We are pleased to be able to provide nearly 600 scholarships each year, but our focus is to raise as much funding as we can, so that every child who wants a Jewish education can have one,” adds Zell.

MATHNASIUM OF ARCADIA
Scottsdale, North Scottsdale and Paradise Valley
480-739-1652  • mathnasium.com

Children don’t hate math. They do hate being confused and intimidated by math. Mathnasium is a math ONLY learning center dedicated to teaching math in a way that makes sense to students in grades 2-12. Each student is given both verbal & written assessments of their math skills. We then create a learning plan custom made for them, based on the assessments. Then our specially trained instructors help them overcome their math “anxiety” and build the confidence they need to succeed.

Due to the success of our students (and satisfied parents) at our three Mathnasium centers, we recently opened a fourth center near Paradise Valley Mall.

The Mathnasium program provides the foundation and support to succeed at each stage:

Elementary School: Building math foundation, mastering computation and problem solving with whole and rational numbers and understanding number sense.

Middle School: Continuing to build a strong math foundation, mastering “the how and why” (algebra readiness), helping with homework and filling in gaps needed for advanced classes.

High School: Filling in foundational gaps, addressing different levels of knowledge, helping with test preparation and assisting with homework.

We teach math in a way that makes sense to each individual student, regardless of grade level.

NEW WAY ACADEMY
5048 E Oak St., Phoenix
602-629-6850 • newwayacademy.org

Founded in 1968, New Way Academy is an accredited K-12, independent school specializing in students with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD and executive function difficulties. We focus on providing the best learning environment and school experience possible for students who learn differently. We have on-site reading, speech and occupational therapists to help our students develop the skills to overcome their areas of challenge.

Our students are held to academically high standards and are given many opportunities to explore and develop their strengths through elective courses and extracurricular activities. These include digital media, newspaper, public speaking, set design and the performing arts. New Way also offers over 14 competitive sports for students of all ages. School dances, student government and community service opportunities are available to high school students.

This year, New Way added two new sports –  ultimate Frisbee and track & field. The school also launched the first school newspaper, “New Way News,” and student-run talk show, “The Griffin Vondy Show.” Students in the performing arts program performed two musicals, “The Aristocats” and “Aladdin.” High school students hosted a sweatshirt drive for homeless teens, bringing in over 600 sweatshirts to donate to a local organization. Additionally, New Way implemented new seating accommodations in every classroom, including standing desks, ball chairs and under-desk elliptical machines to help all students focus and succeed during class time.

New Way students benefit from learning in a welcoming, academic environment tailored specifically to them. The biggest aspects that set New Way apart are the whole-school environment and on-site specialists. We have a cafeteria, gymnasium, sports, leadership and extracurricular opportunities like any other school, but our teachers and specialists understand learning differences and can help tailor instruction to each student’s individual needs. At New Way, students have an all-inclusive place where they blossom academically and socially and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

PARDES JEWISH DAY SCHOOL
12753 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
480-991-9141 • pardesschool.org

Pardes Jewish Day School is an independent, coeducational, K-8 day school committed to providing a dynamic learning environment for all students.

Besides the focus on Jewish studies and Hebrew, students enjoy classes in art, music, physical education, technology and Spanish (beginning in grade 5). Additionally, students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to participate in programs such as the National Mathematical Olympiad Program for Elementary and Middle Schools and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Seventh- and eighth-graders may qualify for induction into the school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter.

With more than 20 years’ experience educating children, Pardes Jewish Day School is beginning its third year in its new home on the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus. The beautifully renovated and expanded campus includes a state-of-the-art Middle School building and outdoor learningscape, as well as updates to the original classrooms, providing endless opportunities for inquiry-based 21st century learning. A kosher kitchen will be completed by fall.

Pardes Jewish Day School 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 learn to think critically, research, analyze and evaluate content. Classes have low student-teacher ratios, allowing teachers to differentiate an enriched curriculum.

“Our students enthusiastically engage in class discussions, collaborate on projects and learn from a highly experienced and talented faculty,” says Head of School Jill Kessler. “Jewish values, history and text are woven into the daily fabric of our school community. Our students become proud, knowledgeable Jews, poised to become our next generation of Jewish leaders.”

PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY
1221 N Central Ave., Phoenix
602-262-4636 • phoenixpubliclibrary.org

Phoenix Public Library offers a foundation on which to launch and sustain your vision of the life you want. Access to information, knowledge platforms and resources that champion lifelong learning for all, throughout every stage of life, is what you will find with us.

Families with young children can build early literacy skills with library programs such as storytimes, storytimes with sign language, kindergarten boot camp, parent workshops and summer reading. Kids and teens find the support to create, build, change and explore their creativity through our STEM and STEAM programs. Learn to code, find a quiet study space, receive assistance with homework and paper writing.

Someone in your family (of any age) wanting to pursue a college degree? Get hands-on assistance navigating admission and financial aid application processes at College Depot. Our Workforce Literacy programs provide job search and career enhancement services, or visit “hive @ central,” our entrepreneurial incubator and small business creation center.

All generations can have easy access to life-long learning classes and cultural programs at any one of our 17 locations. Also, enjoy 24/7 access to hundreds of thousands of items, online courses and research databases through our website. Use our books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, electronic materials and technology to discover something new, revisit something familiar or expand your horizons.

All services and programs at Phoenix Public Library are free, and support literate, productive and informed communities.

RANCHO SOLANO PREPARATORY SCHOOL
9180 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
480-646-8200 • ranchosolano.com

Rancho Solano Preparatory School is a PK-12 international learning community for high-achieving students. We cultivate in our students the integrity to thrive in a global society and to be architects of their future.

Every student at Rancho Solano has a Personalized Learning Plan that serves to guide each child’s ongoing education, growing and evolving throughout their academic year. Our individualized academic approach develops students’ passions and interests, emphasizes critical thinking, and encourages personal growth and fulfillment.

At Rancho Solano, the core curriculum is dynamic, challenging, and engaging, presented by dedicated teachers committed to the success and progress of their students. Students learn to think creatively, look at problems from different perspectives, and rationally construct a methodology for resolving them. With a focus on self-driven achievement, structured within the framework of individualized learning, students are inspired to do their best.

Some of our students’ athletic achievements include our high school girls volleyball team winning the first section championship in school history and returning to the state tournament for the second consecutive year. Our middle school athletes won championships in flag football, volleyball, boys basketball, girls basketball and boys soccer.

Each Rancho Solano student has years of experience collaborating with peers from around the globe. Beginning in second grade, students digitally connect across the world to research, discuss, debate and develop potential solutions to globally significant problems. In the Upper School, students are given the option of either taking certificate classes or pursuing the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, recognized worldwide as a standard for academic excellence.

As a result of Rancho Solano Preparatory School’s outcome-oriented approach, students graduate as global citizens who stand out on college applications and are better able to master the challenges of living and working in our increasingly borderless world.

SCOTTSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
5 Scottsdale locations
480-312-READ (7323) • scottsdalelibrary.org

Scottsdale Public Library fosters lifelong learning by providing access to information, knowledge and ideas.

The Scottsdale library is a place for all – from newborns to older adults. There are life-enriching experiences at the library that include materials, programs and access to informative online classes. Parents and their pre-school age children can learn together by going to storytimes and classes. Children in grade school can attend hands-on STEAM programs to reinforce science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills in a fun atmosphere. Teens can join coding classes or participate in group crafting activities. Adults can access a variety of online and traditional books, music and movies. In addition, book clubs, entrepreneurial classes and a digital media lab promote new adventures and accomplishments.

The Knowing and Growing program is recognized statewide and was awarded a grant to expand its program beyond our library walls. The concepts in these six-session classes teach appropriate developmental milestones and how to reach them with your child through fun, interactive play. The Civic Center Library’s Eureka space provides guidance for adults who are job hunting, re-careering or thinking about starting a business. Step-by-step classes help them acquire the information to be successful.

The Scottsdale Library is the place to go for all of your information or entertainment needs. The trained staff is customer friendly and ready to answer any question you may have – with a 98% approval rating on customer surveys. All services offered are free of charge.

SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
7575 E Main St., Scottsdale
480-484-6100 • susd.org

One size does not fit all and SUSD realizes that students have a variety of learning styles, extra-curricular interests and career aspirations. It is our job to harness their passion and help build on their gifts so as to ensure their greatest post-secondary success in college and/or their career.

SUSD is made up of 31 schools (16 elementary schools, three K-8 schools, six middle schools, five high schools and one online high school) serving infants to grade 12. SUSD offers an International Baccalaureate program, Math and Science Academy, an early college and career high school program, dual enrollment and advanced placement courses, STEAM Design Academy, Foreign Language Immersion (FLI), competitive middle and high school sports, award-winning visual and performing arts programs.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best High School Rankings, Desert Mountain was ranked 14th, Chaparral 20th and Arcadia 26th in Arizona. Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Arcadia received silver awards and Saguaro High School was awarded bronze. In 2015, Newsweek recognized Desert Mountain and Arcadia as two of America’s Top High Schools.

Some of the achievements of students in the SUSD include: in 2015, five students earned perfect scores on the ACT and two earned perfect SAT scores (one student earned perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT); the Class of 2016 earned $55 million in scholarships; countless fine and performing arts awards; National Merit (winners announced this summer): 16 finalists, 17 semi-finalists and 39 commended.

More achievements of the SUSD include: 10 A+ Schools of Excellence; in 2016, four schools sent five robotics teams to competitions (Vex World, First Robotics Worlds and First North American Championship); in 2016, SUSD high schools won five AIA State Championships.

Our goal is to develop the whole child and give our students the opportunity to realize their dreams.

TECHNION
4079 Governor Dr. #343, San Diego, CA
858-750-2135 • ats.org

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, located in Haifa, Israel, is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 technology schools in the world. Although the official language of instruction at Technion is Hebrew, summer programs for high school students and several undergraduate programs are taught in English through Technion International.

High school summer programs include:

• SciTech Summer Science Camp combines scientific research along with cultural and social activities bringing together students from around the world. Projects are conducted in the Technion’s many departments of science, engineering, mathematics, medicine and architecture and makes use of the state-of-the-art research facilities on campus.

• Start-Up Program enables students to explore high-tech business development and experiment with entrepreneurship and innovation, in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Students learn about entrepreneurship in workshops on product definition and development, industrial design, company planning, patents and business law; participate in stimulating business and technology sessions and panels; and come up with a business start-up plan. At the end of the program, students present their business plan to a panel of Israeli CEOs, like a real VC presentation.

• STEP Technology is similar to the Start-Up Program, but is designed specifically for modern Orthodox students to learn about entrepreneurship.
High school graduates can apply to Technion for enrollment in one of the degree programs offered in English:

• BSc in Civil Engineering trains future engineers to meet the infrastructure creation and modernization challenges of the 21st century.

• BSc in Chemical Engineering prepares future engineers to tackle many of the global challenges we will face in the next 50 years, in areas such as energy, healthcare, food production and water, and the environmental problems associated with them.

For more information, contact Mark Greenberg at 858-750-2135 or mgreenberg@ats.org.

TEMPLE KOL AMI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
15030 N 64th St., Scottsdale
480-951-5825 • templekolami.org

The philosophy at Temple Kol Ami’s Early Childhood Center (ECC) is to foster each child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and language development in an environment that’s safe, nurturing and challenging while being sensitive to the needs and preferences of families. Infants through pre-Kindergarten learn to grow and develop a positive self-image and strong sense of Jewish identity using a developmentally age appropriate curriculum that integrates Judaic and secular materials.

The ECC is a play-based school where children learn by engaging in a variety of hands-on, multi-sensory experiences that interest and challenge them. Children begin to develop communication and language skills while learning to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of themselves and others.

The core curriculum includes Art, Body Movement, Hebrew, Music, Literacy Links, Science and Spanish. The campus includes a dedicated science classroom where students get up-close-and-personal with insects, two beautiful playgrounds, and a one-of-a-kind splashpad. Convenient before- and after-care programs are also available with elective enrichment classes like Drama, Language Lovers, Science Club, Tennis and more.

Classes are taught by highly-qualified educators, and student-to-teacher ratios are small. There are typically 2 teachers to 12 students in each classroom. In infant rooms, the ratio is even smaller: 9 students to 2 teachers.
The ECC also offers a weekly Mommy & Me program for moms and children ages Infant to 24 months. This teacher-led class is a great first step to help children socialize and prepare for preschool.

“I want all of our students to develop healthy self-esteem, critical independent thinking skills and, most of all, a lifelong love of learning—because when they have that, they go on to do extraordinary things,” says ECC Director Debbie Glassman.

THE SOLEL PRESCHOOL
6805 E McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley
480-991-4545 • solelpreschool.org

The Solel Preschool is a welcoming place to play, love and grow for infants through pre-K. With a foundation in the education- and family-centered framework of Reform Judaism, The Solel Preschool provides a structured, nurturing learning environment that encourages children to explore their world as they develop a feeling of belonging, a strong sense of self-esteem and knowledge of Jewish values.

Our program is based on the values of Reform Judaism, the Arizona Early Learning Standards, and the principles of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). We engage in hands-on activities that bring learning to life for our students.

Last year was the inaugural year of our PALs playgroup, a free class for parents and their little ones. This school year, we are opening three new classrooms that have been fully remodeled.

We may be a large preschool, but we are a family. Our community comes together to play, to learn, to celebrate and to console one another.

Our facility houses a splash pad, large shaded outdoor playground, sandbox, courtyard and several indoor play spaces.

TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY
3888 E River Road, Tucson
520-529-3888 • thaaz.org

Founded in 1974, Tucson Hebrew Academy is Southern Arizona’s only Jewish Day School.

From kindergarten to 8th grade, THA is focused is on creating a total learning and character-building environment that includes exploration and discovery, application of knowledge, the search for meaning in every subject and mastery of skills. We accomplish this through robust, engaging, interdisciplinary general studies, a celebrated Jewish curriculum and experiences in fine and performing arts, PE, technology and more.

THA fosters an ethical learning community that inspires students to become responsible, active, compassionate citizens and leaders in the Jewish and world communities. Through study, prayer, Hebrew and celebrations of our traditions and heritage, the joy and pride of living Judaism thrives here. Our students obtain a strong moral compass, deep understanding of their roots, and the knowledge and inspiration for living a Jewish life and contributing to Jewish civilization.

THA offers small class sizes on a beautiful, safe and secure campus. Parents, teachers and community members are highly involved in school life and invested in the success of students. Partnerships with local Jewish organizations and synagogues, and the greater community of Tucson, are critical components of our program.

THA has been serving the community for more than 40 years and our graduates receive high acceptance rates at the best high schools, a trend that continues through to highly desirable college admissions. Alumni are an integral part of our school. We are thrilled that the Head of School is Jon Ben-Asher who is, himself a graduate of THA.
The Tucson Hebrew Academy offers generous tuition assistance and we invite interested families to come and take a tour.

TUCSON JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & J-CARE
3800 E River Road, Tucson
520-299-3000

Open to all, the Tucson J provides an enriching, nurturing, multi-faceted Early Childhood Education Program for children from six weeks of age through pre-kindergarten and a robust enriching after-school J-Care program for grades K-12.

Our ECE program uses the entirety of The J to engage learners. Not only do we have specialists who share music, fitness, cooking and Jewish culture, we also offer swimming lessons and the splash pad in the summer for our older children. Our classes move throughout The J, enjoying the Sculpture Garden, grassy outdoor areas, fitness facilities and art gallery. They are truly learning to become citizens of the greater community every day through interactions with people and art, both inside and out. Also, The J recently renovated ECE classrooms and added a new indoor PlaySpace.

For older kids, don’t miss out on the best after-school program in Tucson! J-Care is a licensed program offering enriching and fun activities for elementary school-aged children. We also offer the Homework Hangout program, swim and splash park, arts, sports and more. We can also pick up your child from select schools in the community.

All of The J’s programs provide a safe, child-centered, Jewish setting where each child can explore their world through discovery of self, community and environment.

The Early Childhood Program motto at The J is: Learn. Laugh. Grow. Nurturing your child to prepare them for life.

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
THE ARIZONA CENTER FOR JUDAIC STUDIES

845 N Park Ave. #420, Tucson
520-626-5758 • judaic.arizona.edu

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies’ mission is to contribute to the overall goals of The University of Arizona by promoting advanced scholarship, by translating faculty research into dynamic undergraduate instruction and by contributing to the community through educational outreach and professional advising. We seek to transmit, interpret and critique Jewish historical, religious and cultural traditions for the benefit of present and future generations. Our areas of focus include Ancient Israel, Medieval Jewish History, Modern Israel and Modern Judaism.

We are proud to have hosted the first annual Modern Israel Conference in December 2015, which brought internationally recognized scholars to discuss “Israel in the Changing Middle East.”  We hosted Ambassador Dennis Ross for a lecture on “The Past, Present and Future of U.S.-Israel Relations” as part of the Jeffrey Plevan Memorial Lecture series. Additionally, we have added Dr. Gil Ribak to our faculty for his expertise in Modern Judaism.

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies is known for two important features: our commitment to academic excellence and student success and our extensive educational outreach programs for our community.

VOSJCC – EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
12701 N Scottsdale Road, Ste. 201 ,Scottsdale
480-659-7769 • vosjcc.org

The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s Early Childhood Center is a play-based preschool with strong emphasis on academic preparedness. Each child’s natural curiosity, intelligence and interests are nurtured in an atmosphere that also helps to develop their Jewish identity. Young minds and bodies grow through art, music, movement and learning. Parents have entrusted their children to The J for more than 50 years.

Nationally accredited by NAEYC, the Early Childhood Center serves children age 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. The school holds a 5-star rating with First Things First, a critical partner that supports the development, health and early education of all Arizona’s children birth through age 5. A low staff-child ratio in all the programs enables the faculty to provide close personal attention and quality direction to each child.

In addition, the school partners with the Pre-K Academy Program to expand the Literacy Links Program for children age 3 to Pre-K. Literacy Links provides fun, hands-on, developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children and encourages the love of learning and reading. Highly trained Literacy Coaches come into the preschool classrooms and teach fun, multisensory lessons that prepare children for the Arizona Common Core Standards. The curriculum is based on the Arizona Early Learning Standards and the National Institute for Literacy’s recommendations for later academic success.

Specialty enrichment classes encourage children to pursue special interests while they are gaining new skills. The afternoon classes are open to preschoolers who attend other schools.

Classes are also offered in gym, swim and cultural programs as well as parenting and social programs for families and adults.

For information and a tour, please contact 480-659-7769 or earlychildhood@vosjcc.org.

XTREME MOVE-N-LEARN PRESCHOOL
15821 N 79th St., Scottsdale
480-596-3543 • xtremegymnastics.com/programs

Our 16,000 square foot facility offers a unique preschool experience for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years. With trampolines, bars, beams, rings, foam pit, climbing ropes and inspired classrooms, your child will enjoy endless opportunities to play, explore and learn!

Trusted by Scottsdale families since 1996, we are known for our child development expertise and positive teaching techniques. Preschool Director Amy Bucknell has more than 13 years of teaching and coaching experience and is completing her PhD in educational policy. With a profound understanding of the importance of early childhood education and motor development, she brings knowledge and balance to Move-N-Learn.

Research shows a direct and significant relationship between early childhood motor development and scholastic success. Our unique ability to seamlessly combine instruction in both areas creates a comprehensive educational program that provides the foundation for future academic and athletic achievement. The Move-N-Learn curriculum includes reading and writing skills, mathematics, group fitness, locomotor, art and science.

We offer 2-, 3- or 5-day weekly schedules from 9 am – 11:30 am, with an option to include Lunch Bunch (until noon) or Stay-N-Play (until 3:30 pm). For those with school-age children, we follow the Scottsdale Unified School District’s academic calendar for your convenience. Your child can try a class risk free. If they are not ready for a class, they can try a free Discover-N-Play session, where they can explore and play in our facility during a private tour. For a unique preschool experience, sign up today!


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