Academics

SPHDS Preschool

2 years - 5 years

8:30AM to 1:00PM or 4:00PM/ Extended Care Until 6:00PM
In our hands-on approach, our children learn to manipulate the world around them. The integrated Jewish and General Studies curriculum with its focus on play allows the children to actively develop their Language Skills, Social Interaction, Separation, and Independence in a warm, nurturing environment.

 

Lower School

Kindergarten – Fifth Grade

8:20AM-3:45PM / Extended Care Until 6:00PM

SPHDS is proud of its continually evolving curriculum which blends Judaics, Hebrew and General Studies. We work with each individual student to enhance their skills and support their learning style.

Judaics is a crucial leg of our academic program teaching our children about their rich heritage, educating them in Jewish practice and immersing them in Jewish text. The children are introduced to the siddur and Jewish prayer and receive their own siddur in a beautiful ceremony in first grade. Students are introduced to Chumash at the end of this year and truly begin to develop in Chumash in the second grade when they receive their own Chumash. Student continue to deepen their understanding and skills in Chumash through the eighth grade, adding Navi and Oral Law in 4th grade. From fifth grade to eighth students have a choice of either Talmud or Navi.

Our Hebrew program is a defining part of SPHDS and universally recognized for its excellence. We offer a special track for native Israelis or very advanced Hebrew speakers for which we import a curriculum from Israel. Even students who do not have a Hebrew background benefit greatly from the Ivrit B’Ivrit instruction. In addition to Hebrew, once the students reach middle school they are taught Jewish History utilizing a Hebrew book and curriculum as part of the Hebrew curriculum.

As a Modern Orthodox school, general studies occupies an honored place in our curriculum. Students are given a solid foundation in Science, Math, Social Studies and English using the state standards as a curricular guide.

We are accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). The accreditation process gives us a chance to do an internal audit on curriculum, educational and non-educational structures. It also allows us to have external feedback and perspective.  

 

Middle School

Sixth – Eighth

8:10AM-3:45PM

Beginning in 6th grade, SPHDS students are part of our Middle School.  Our program is a demanding but supportive one, combining rigorous curriculum in Judaic, Hebrew, and General Studies. Our Middle School graduates are well prepared academically and personally for all the competitive public and private high schools, and yeshivot across the country. They leave us grounded in Jewish tradition and ethics, and equipped with the academic and Torah knowledge and tools they need to succeed.

In middle school, students begin to have specialized classes in individual subjects with expert teachers.  Small class sizes (11-16 students in most subjects) coupled with the combination of students across grade lines, provides personal academic attention and a varied but supportive social setting during this critical time of development. Rounding out the Middle School schedule are Advisory, which provides students with a time to reflect and learn about social emotional issues, and additional elective offerings in areas such as robotics debate and leadership. In their final year the students travel to Israel as a capstone to their learning.