Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital

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Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital 5

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School is the only Jewish Day School in Washington, D.C. and provides collaborative and experiential learning with an engaging and flexible dual curriculum of general and Jewish studies to children in grades PK-8. Milton delivers a top-notch education in every subject area, equipping graduates to succeed wherever their next steps lead them, as well as a deep grounding in Jewish values. The environment of the school is vibrantly pluralistic -- students from across the spectrum of Jewish observance (and non-observance) are welcomed enthusiastically, as are interfaith families.

Basic facts

  • Available Spots:  Space in grades 1,3,4,5,6, and 7 for 2018-19.
  • Age Range:  Pre-K 4 - Grade 8
  • Years Established:   1988
  • Enrollment:  394
  • Average Class Size:  16-19 students
  • Tuition:  $26,100 - $28,600
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Elementary, Jewish, Middle School, Preschool
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    The mission of the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital is to provide a strong foundation in Jewish and secular learning, laying the groundwork for our students to become knowledgeable, responsible Jews and citizens, deeply committed to the community at large, to Jewish living and values, and to the people and state of Israel. Our school strives to create an environment filled with warmth, joy, and intellectual excitement that celebrates the unique qualities of each student, respects varied approaches to Judaism, fosters a strong sense of ethics and of self, embraces diversity, and builds a community of lifelong learners.

  • Available Hours:  8:30 am - 3:30 pm M-Th 8:30 am - 2:15 pm Fri

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  1. We had a pretty abysmal experience with this school. Kindergarten was great, straight down after that. Consecutive years of sub-par teaching, too many competing priorities, lack of a cohesive curriculum (or any curriculum in certain areas, particularly social studies), atmosphere of stress and anxiety elevated among teachers especially. Students don’t have enough time to become truly engaged in subject matter because the schedule is frenetic.. too stove-piped, not enough cross disciplinary connection-making. Also not nearly enough time for reading, thinking and processing. Admin is like deer in headlights, responding to issues as they come up and trying to be everything to everyone. They’re trying hard but consumed with competing interests from sometimes militant and uncompromising parents. Whichever way the wind blows. Needs to be a much more cohesive and strongly-articulated philosophy of education… and more conscious connections and applications need to be made between Jewish values (like Tikkun Olam) and modern problems.

  2. We are entering our seventh year as a Milton family and are proud to have a child in the second Middle School class. Milton is like “Cheers” (without the drinks!) — everyone knows our kids’ names, even teachers they have not had. Indeed, the concept of community at Milton is a real, core value, not a cliché. As an example, older students mentor younger ones in educational settings as well as social ones. And parents of various Judaic backgrounds all are valued and respected, not judged or expected to come to the school with a certain level of knowledge or observance. We have found the academics to be stimulating and innovative. We also greatly appreciated the faculty’s proaction in identifying one of our children’s early reading deficiency, and addressing it immediately with non-stigmatizing remedial help — it paid nearly instant dividends. Finally, our children simply enjoy going to school every day — the concept of “joyful learning” is truly palpable at Milton.

  3. We have two children at Milton and couldn’t be happier with our experience. The teachers and staff are warm, supportive and engaging and work to nurture each individual child, both academically and socially. In addition to academic excellence, there is a strong emphasis on building community, for both children and parents. As a family that has had a non-traditional path to Judaism, we greatly value the spirit of inclusion as families of all types of background, make-up and religious practice are embraced. Our kids are thriving at Milton and the joy they feel about going to school each day and learning is palpable. We love this school!

  4. I’m a current parent and absolutely love the JPDS/Milton community. The commitment to progressive education combined with the joyful way of teaching Jewish values and rituals has been a winning model!

    As parents who grew up secular but growing in observance, Milton has been the perfect school to instill the right skills and attitudes in our children for Hebrew language acquisition, respect for and knowledge of Judaism. In a pluralistic Jewish environment, our kids have been taught to be both critical thinkers and spiritual leaders, while Milton’s up-to-date pedagogical practices (eg: Milton has consistently won educational awards for it’s first grade curriculum) keep us happy with the pace with which our children have mastered secular academic skills.

  5. If you are looking at elementary schools, you may wish to consider the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. Both of our children attend (currently in 1st and Kindergarten), and we are thrilled with the experience for them as students and for us as a family.

    I was prompted to share our experience after a recent First Grade Open House for families to come in and see the students’ work. My son had such a sense of pride when showing us what he had done. He and his classmates had spent hours researching, documenting, writing, creating and more as they learned about Rock Creek Park habitats and creatures (and also learning language arts, science, math and art skills). They do so much to nurture the whole child, to teach them Hebrew immersively and effectively, and to have them learn using “The 100 Languages of Children” (from Reggio).

    Our family has an interfaith background, and I’m happy to share how that plays in to our wonderful experience.

  6. I have two children in the school–my eldest just started his 7th year. We are having a phenomenal experience–the teachers are skilled and loving, the environment positive and supportive. The curriculum is innovative and effective–these kids truly love engaging with ideas and have a zest for learning. They are also experiencing a beautiful, pluralistic, community-focused Judaism and developing Jewish literacy skills that will last them a lifetime.

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