Denver Jewish Day School

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Basic Information

Address: 2450 S. Wabash St. Denver, CO 80231
County: Unincorporated Arapahoe County
School District: Cherry Creek School District
Phone Number: 303-369-0663

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Additional Information

President: Avi Halzel (Head of School/CEO) Lisa Reckler Cohn (Board Chair)
School Type: Independent, Jewish Day School
Founded: Lower Division 1975; Upper Division 1979
Ages/Grades: K-12
School Setting:

Our 24 acre campus includes two buildings, one that houses the Lower Division (K-5) and one that houses the Upper Division (6-12). Facilities include a full size gym, soccer field, baseball field, outdoor and indoor basketball courts and playground. The Lower Division building also houses an art studio, music room, and library. Both Division offer libraries and computer labs. Upper Division houses two science labs.

School Size: 345
Classroom Size: K-5 23 students; 6-12 15 students (average)
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

K-5: 14,650; 6: 15,060; 7: 16,200

Financial Aid:

49% of students receive some tuition assistance. Awards range greatly in size and are need based.


Lower Division: Hebrew/Judaics Studies; Secular Studies, Specials
Upper Division: Judaic Studies, Entlish, Hebrew, Math, Science, Social Studies


College Preparatory Curriculum driven by Colorado State and Common Core Standards; Hebrew and Judaic Studies required through 12th grade

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100% of the graduating class continues to four year college programs
Support Services:

Services available for children with learning disabilities and gifted learners

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

two computer labs, Lower Division classrooms all have ipads, portable smart boards in each division, ipad cart (20 ipads) in upper division

School Clubs:

Lower Division: Glee Club, School Newspaper, Girls on the Run
Upper Division: Student Council, Chesed (Kindness) Club, Girls Club, School Newspaper, HELP (Peer Helpers) Club, Junior Achievement

Notable Graduates:

Shayna Rose, actress, former member of Nickelodeon's Fresh Beat Band
Jon Davidman, President and Co-Founder EarthQuake Media, also worked in the Strategic Alliance Group at Yahoo! where he created a variety of business opportunities that generated millions of dollars in revenue for the Internet portal and played a major role in starting Yahoo! on its path to success
David Foster, founding partner, Foster, Graham, Milstein and Calisher (Denver based law firm)
Daniel Foster, founding partner, Foster, Graham, Milstein, and Calisher
Dr. Noah Makovsky, founding partner, Stapleton Pediatrics
Daniel Smith, co creator of the app SnapChat
Steve Duman, owner, Hot Shot Sports in Chicago, IL
Alyssa Wasko, founder of Donni Charm (women's scarves featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us, and other magazines)
Cody Harris, deputy district attorney, county of Santa Clara
Robert Bernton, founder, The Kosher Express

Uniform Guidelines:

kippah (Jewish skull cap) required for boys and optional for girls

Admissions Requirements:

Children with one Jewish parent are eligible for admission
Application process requirements include the General Family Information form, confidential teacher recommendations, school records, and a school visit

Mission Statement:

The mission of our Jewish community day school is to educate Jewish students through an integrated secular and Jewish studies program to thrive in college and beyond and act ethically and purposefully in the world.

School History:

Herzl Jewish Day School was founded in the Spring of 1975 by a group of parents whose children had attended a synagogue pre-school program which combined secular and Judaic education. They sought to expand this learning experience. Herzl began as a one-room schoolhouse of 14 students. Growth of the school was rapid. From 1980-1982 the school grew to 105 students. In 1986 Herzl became a member of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS).
Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy was founded in 1979 as the only secondary coeducational Jewish day school in the region. RMHA merged with Herzl in 1999 to become one school known as Herzl/RMHA at the Denver Campus for Jewish Education. In August of 2010, after an intense strategic planning process, the school's name was changed to Denver Jewish Day School. With a plurlalistic approach to the varieties of Jewish belief and expression, Denver Jewish Day School serves a broad spectrum of the community. the basic principles established by the founding families of both schools remain today: a pluralistic approach to Judaism, excellence in secular and Judaic education, and a commitment to meet the needs of individual students. We are proud of our past and excited about our future.