Review of Bridge-K Can you keep twenty 5-year-olds engaged for 6 hours a day? Can you teach them science (with experiments) math (including graphing) two languages (Hebrew American sign-language) reading skills writing skills some history and culture and tie it all together? I don't think I could even keep control of all that kid-energy but the teachers in Tehiyah's Bridge-K are pretty amazing. The key metrics for me - Our son pushes me out the door when I drop him off. - He comes home knowing more about certain topics (e.g. carnivorous plants birds dinosaurs etc.) than I do (I am a Ph.D. scientist). He's learning not just facts but the relationships between things (e.g. *why* do birds migrate?) - Our parent-teacher conferences lasted 45 minutes each. Teachers Susan and Inbal provided incredible insight into his behavior his relationships with the other students his academic interests and what makes him tick. - The teachers are careful to pay attention to the social interactions between the kids and balance out the class nicely. They articulated perfectly the need for both social and academic development and I think they work hard to achieve this in Bridge-K.
Tehiyah Day School is a private middle school in El Cerrito. The principal of Tehiyah Day School is Ms. RoseMarie Ezra and can be contacted at email@example.com. 233 students go to Tehiyah Day School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Tehiyah Day School is 8:1. Windrush School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Tehiyah is a school that raises children to be academically confident with a very diverse bi-lingual curriculum students are encouraged to write reflect debate create challenge and reconsider from the earliest grades through middle school. I went to Tehiyah for 10 years as a student and chose to return as a teacher. I am amazed that this school even after 30+ years still has the charm and warmth that made it my true home-away-from-home as a child. I owe my Jewish identity and active involvement in the Jewish communities of the Bay Area today to Tehiyah. The stories I was told as we sat eating bread and drinking grape juice during Friday Shabbat sessions are still stories I tell to my students. I owe my interest in foreign language and my facility and comfort with Hebrew specifically to my Hebrew teachers at Tehiyah and the way that Hebrew is woven into every part of school life. I played sports in High School because of the inclusive athletic education and after school sports program at Tehiyah and still play basketball recreationally today. Although I teach in middle school I know almost every child's name because big kids are buddies to little ones we are a family.
What you should know about Tehiyah it is a huge and wonderful surprise tucked away up in the beautiful El Cerrito hills! A Jewish Day School that emphasizes VALUES not religion. The luxury of having the values you teach at home be reinforced and extended at school for the entire day....worth gold and every cent of tuition. Kids from all sorts of backgrounds and families love our school and my children truly have become international citizens over the years. The teachers are very smart. The curriculum is smart. The kids are smart....and individual. I never ever would have imagined a Jewish school for my kids but it has proven thus far the best investment I have ever made!
Tehiyah Day School was an amazing experience for both of my daughters who attended from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. My daughters couldn't be more different in personality yet both found the caring and nurturing they needed to thrive alongside an excellent academic education (each went on to do extremely well in high school). Even better they understood that they had an obligation to think beyond themselves and their needs and take responsibility for making the world a better place.
We are new to the Tehiyah community and have been totally blown away by how inclusive welcomming and kind everyone has been to our son (as well as to our entire family). My son transferred to Tehiyah mid-year and immediately felt 'at home.' Thanks to the thoughtful staff and teachers and the kindness of his peers it was the easiest transition we could have imagined. The teaching that goes on at this school is exciting creative stimulating and challenging. After only a few weeks he is doing work we did not know he was capable of under the close watch of his teachers. Our only regret is that we did not find Tehiyah ealier in our child's academic career. We looked at many schools in the East Bay and feel incredibly fortunate to have found our educational home at Tehiyah Day School. It was by far the best decision we haver ever made for our child.
Tehiyah is a wonderful place for children to flourish not only intellectually but also socially morally and spiritually. The teachers are superlatively caring and a lot of emphasis is placed on teaching the kids to be respectful of each other. Speak to any 8th grader there and you'll see a level of poise and respect that is pretty rare in children that age. The academics are excellent too of course and Tehiyah is one of two private schools in California to be awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for academic excellence from the Dept of Education. Raising children can be hard and who your child grows up to be depends as much on the community you surround them with as on what you teach them at home. So it has been really great to have a place like Tehiyah in our lives.
Tehiyah has been transformational for our initially shy and anxious daughter. She has blossomed into an outgoing confident and joyfully curious girl during her bridge-k year. I am sure that the warm community and the teacher's nurturing focus on social development and concrete skill building have made a crucial difference for her. I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful place to send my daughter to school.
Tehiyah Day School is a true educational community. The students are at the core of the spirit while the active parents teachers and staff are there to nurture it. Stellar academics bilingual focus solid values and a fun atmosphere make it an excellent Bridge K through 8th grade East Bay private school education offering.
Tehiyah Day School is truly an amazing school! Our family feels so grateful to be part of this extraordinary community where a positive Jewish identity is fostered along with an outstanding academic experience. The teachers really see each child for who they are meet each child's unique academic needs and inspire a love of learning in a non competitive way. When my son (first grade) was going to miss 1 day of school to go on vacation he burst into tears about missing school! He then proceeded to share all the parts of his day he loves at Tehiyah. To me this says everything. I can not recommend this school enough!
This morning at breakfast my second grader started singing a song in Hebrew I didn t recognize. When I asked her what it was she said you wouldn t know it it s a second grade song! I responded and said that I was in second grade once. Her response yeah but not at Tehiyah Day School! Tehiyah really instills a sense of confidence in its students. Although academics are really important at this Blue Ribbon school the teachers focus just as much attention on the students social and emotional development. My husband and I are thrilled to be part of the Tehiyah community.
Tehiyah has been a great environment for my daughter not just academically but also socially. A child who does not adjust easily to change she came into the school in first grade after we moved here from out-of-state. Members of the community went out of their way to make all of us feel welcome and to help her difficult transition go as smoothly as possible. Now in 6th grade her first year of middle school she is really thriving on multiple levels. The element that has impressed me the most is how this group of kids has bonded over the past 7 years. The small class size (30 / grade approx 15 per classroom) enables them to know each classmate very well and they've grown to embrace and be accepting of each others' individual traits and quirks rather than critical of them. At least some of that is likely attributable to the Jewish values taught and reinforced throughout their schooling. My daughter has also expressed many times on how safe she feels at the school commenting that even teachers whom she didn't have for class know her by name. The campus IS beautiful nestled in the hills student artwork displayed everywhere.
An excellent environment for a great education jewish values jewish traditions and a supportive community enviornment. Middle school is very strong great teachers and programs.
Our daughter is thriving in Tehiyah's nurturing community. Her teachers are dedicated and thoughtful about meeting children's individual needs and creating a supportive values based learning environment. It is wonderful to see her grounded in a school where she can grow academically while also connecting to her heritage and identity.
Tehiyah is an absolutely wonderful place...not just for academics but for the caring values it upholds and weaves through the entire curriculum. Our children thrive here!
My school is Tehiyah Day School- a ' Blue Ribbon school of excellence' that truly understands what exemplary academics is aligned with character values based on thousands of years of strong Jewish tradition.
Tehiyah Day School is a fantastic school! The teachers are amazing - dedicated thoughtful devoted and caring about each individual student. The academics are outstanding and the students receive a very well-rounded education across subjects including Hebrew and Jewish studies. The community makes Tehiyah a very special and supportive place. Our family has had a very positive experience and would highly recommend this school!
This is a truly exceptional school. We have one boy who has attended the school for 3 years. Every teacher he has had has been very caring and able to challenge the students to excel in core curriculum as well as elective subjects. The art and music programs are what public schools only dream of. The culture is very nurturing and welcoming to children from a variety of family settings. A multi dimensional math program is in place and makes learning fun for the students. Science involves a lot of hands on work as well as research of various subjects. The library is well stocked and the librarian quite helpful in teaching the students how to enjoy reading. The field trips are well thought out and both educational and fun for the students. Among the highlights of Tehiyah is it's ability to help students become good citizens who care about others and strive to make their community and the world a better place.
I have two children at Tehiyah Day school who are inspired and excited everyday to participate in this amazing program of holistic learning intertwined with Jewish values. This learning model has been extremely effective for our family. I have watched children of other families grow into responsible and caring young adults with a tremendous respect for their peers and the world as a whole. They leave Tehiyah prepared for the next phase of their student life. It is true that they live the curriculum at Tehiyah as they are able to experience "real life" as it happens from visiting places in California to a comprehensive trip to Washington and on to their final journey to Israel in the eighth grade. Their track record of academic achievement is excellent as the students continue to score as one of the highest in the nation in state testing for independent schools. With a low student to teacher ratio children get the necessary attention they need to succeed. I never thought I would have that kid who comes home and thanks me for sending him to Tehiyah. Give your child a chance to have the same experience my children have had and schedule a tour today. You won't regret it !
My two children like so many others who have commented are absolutely thriving at Tehiyah ! All the good things other parents have said are true. The school weaves VALUES into teaching the children. The kinds of values that matter whatever the families religion and ethnic background may be. Did you know that the majority of families have at least one non-jewish parent? Did you know that we have one Koptic Christian family at Tehiyah? Did you know that there are Chinese African American Latino and children of Gay parents at Tehiyah not many of each but they are there? The school does its best to reflect and celebrate the diversity that exists in the Bay Area. So many have commented on the fabulous teaching style but I want to add one more element learning at Tehiyah is an integrative sport. Learning something in literary studies is often reflected in the art projects and science projects and so forth. We are very grateful to be a part of this community!
This is an amazing gem in the East Bay! A warm community fantastic academics and incredible passionate teachers. The school overtly teaches VALUES to the children. It is woven into the entire curriculum. Somehow this school keeps turning out these well-rounded well-adjusted smart and nice kids. Middle schoolers who speak directly to you and are happy and polite?! Elementary age kids who can't wait to go to school and who miss school on vacation days?! I don't know the secret. But I feel like my children would not be who they are if they didn't go to Tehiyah. Tehiyah is magical. I feel like we hit the jackpot when we found this school. And one of the best parts about it is that now a lot of my kids' friends' parents are MY friends. I don't mind spending my weekends at birthday parties because I know I will get to catch up with some fun cool people. We get together as families for weekend dinners and holidays. My kids are seeing that strong community connection and know that there are a lot of other adults in their lives who they can depend on. The kids they go to school with are so close to them. They are growing up together. Again Tehiyah is magical!