Tradition and Values

Celebrating Our Country

Founded in 2001, Contra Costa Jewish Day School (CCJDS) is an outstanding Kindergarten through 8th grade independent school serving families from all backgrounds. We believe in the whole child approach to learning -- fostering the intellectual, physical and spiritual growth of our students. We are committed to providing our students with extraordinary teachers, small classes, and a vibrant, supportive environment where they develop into a critical thinkers and effective communicators -- and love school!  Our strong academic program supports asking questions, connecting ideas and solving problems across all subjects. Furthermore, our students practice the core Jewish values of kindness, community service, justice and respect for others and we integrate community service into the life of our school family in keeping with our Jewish commitment to making the world a better place (tikkun olam).  

As a community Jewish Day School, we are diverse and inclusive. We are guided by the traditions of Judaism and we seek to deepen connections between CCJDS, the Jewish community and Israel, fostering on-going engagement that emphasizes shared values and outlooks.  We represent the unity of the Jewish people amidst the diversity of Jewish life and seek to enrich our Jewish and broader community for generations to come.

CCJDS lives by five core values that stem from our founding vision and mission.

CCJDS CORE VALUES
Lishmoa
To listen actively to one another with our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds in order to understand different perspectives.
Koach Ha’dibur
To speak with care as words serve as powerful tools that can lead to peace or break people apart.
Derech Eretz
To act with kindness and compassion.
Chaim Ruchani’im
To participate in meaningful spiritual practice.
Sh’lom Bayit 
To take care of one another and build bridges with other people so we may live in a safe and peaceful community.

 


VISION

The Contra Costa Jewish Day School will enrich the quality of Jewish life in our community for generations to come. This exemplary institution embodies the value we place on education, our children, and Jewish continuity. CCJDS represents the unity of the Jewish people amidst the diversity of Jewish life, and is guided by Torah and traditions of Judaism.


MISSION


  •  Helping all students reach their full academic and personal potential
  •  Maintaining excellence in both general and Judaic studies programs
  • Providing a rigorous and engaging general studies curriculum that encompasses mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, computer science, arts, and physical education
  • Teaching Torah and traditional Jewish texts and history, knowledge of the Hebrew language, a rich variety of Jewish practices, tefillot (prayers), and the central relationship with the State of Israel
  • Ensuring that all students acquire the critical thinking and other skills necessary to become knowledgeable, committed and responsible individuals
  •  Creating a caring and supportive school community
  • Nurturing the uniqueness and individuality of each child in a respectful, exciting and modern environment
  • Maintaining low student-to-teacher ratios in all classes
  • Integrating community service into the lives of our school family in keeping with our Jewish commitment to Tikkun Olam (Repairing Our World)

 

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