School Details

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School

800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 378-2600
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 212 students 11 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is a private middle school in Foster City. The principal of Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is Mrs. Barbara Gereboff and can be contacted at info@wornickjds.org. 212 students go to Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is 11:1. Bowditch Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Hebrew

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 99% %
Asian 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Multiracial 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We have one child at Wornick and intend to enroll our other child in a couple of years as well. We have been welcomed into the community like few others we have experienced in the past. Our child did go to the PJCC program for two years and we chose to go with Wornick because of the emphasis on small class sizes individualized attention and the strong academics. We re not Jewish but the values resonate with us strongly. We like the informal structure and the level of parental involvement. We find our child is growing by leaps and bounds and the administration is always receptive to our queries and concerns and they are addressed instead of being swept under the rug. Critical thinking is another component we strongly value and appreciate enabling children to make better decisions all along. Our child loves the strong academics music appreciation technology sports and ethics at Wornick. The school also builds a strong sense of community among us parents by encouraging us to participate in volunteer activities and have inevitably ended up with deep friendships. Very different to our experiences at other private schools I will add.

  • (9 months ago)

    We have 3 kids at Wornick. They started at Wornick in Kinder and are now in 3rd 4th and 5th. We are very happy with the school. Secular and Jewish academics are excellent and are well-integrated as has been mentioned in other reviews. STEM especially the use of Singapore Math is excellent at the lower grades. Our child with specific learning differences has been accommodated and taught to advocate for himself; he has done so well that he now works comfortably at grade level in all subjects. Wornick is fantastic at encouraging the kids to become public speakers they make presentations at regular intervals in every grade. We also love the community we feel very comfortable that any of the families look out for our kids and we're thrilled that these children grow up together feel strongly grounded in their Jewish heritage and will know each other for years to come.

  • (9 months ago)

    We have two children at the school currently in Kindergarten and 4th Grade. I love how the kindergarten teaching team creates a "learning without knowing it" fully integrated curriculum that keeps the young kids engaged actively participating and always looking forward to what's next. Our kindergarten experience this year has been really special for our daughter. I think that every child deserves to have the experience my 4th grader is having at school this year. She is being gently pushed out of her comfort zone and having success outside of that comfort zone which helps build confidence and maturity. Like the rest of the grades 4th grade curriculum is also fully integrated so it all ties back together allows them to make connections and think critically. As parent's we couldn't be happier and truly feel like Wornick is such a special place to learn because they really care about so much more than the grade on the paper. Wornick strives to prepare each child be extraordinary in every way possible - body mind a soul.

  • (11 months ago)

    We have two children at Wornick Jewish Day School one in 3rd and one in 6th grade. We couldn't be happier. The caliber of faculty has improved over the last several years and we are fortunate to have a team of dedicated well trained thoughtful and innovative educators. The curriculum is built around teaching 'enduring understandings' which the students will carry with them well into the future. Students are taught to dig deep developing critical thinking skills and building themselves as leaders. We love the cross-grade interactions which reinforce the leadership skills and help kids learn how to feel comfortable in varied situations. Most recently the 6th graders researched Ancient China after which they wrote children's books using the facts and presented their books to the 3rd graders. STEM is also a high priority with differentiated groups for math and excellent science education. Class sizes are small which allows teachers to get to know and address each student's needs.

  • (11 months ago)

    I had an overal bad experience here. I joined in third grade and left at the end of 7th Grade.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wornick Jewish Day School is great and dont have any complains about this school at all.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wornick has been a wonderful learning environment for my children. My now 9th grader could not have been more well prepared for high school. He is thriving academically and I am certain it is because of his excellent team of middle school teachers who challenged him constantly. We have our younger child in the middle school now and he is having the same incredible experience. I would recommend Wornick if you want a school that provides small classes with caring and dynamic teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wornick is an amazing Jewish Day School with a caring community. I feel that my child is excelling socially and academically in Kindergarten and LOVES school. The teachers sincerely care about developing the whole child socially emotionally and academically. At our parent teacher conference I was impressed with our teacher's understanding of my child. The teacher connects with each child and learning is differentiated. Wornick is able to do this because of small class size and dedicated teachers. Our Kindergarten experience couldn't have been any better.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so happy that we moved our children to Wornick. I have 1 alum now and 1 in middle school and am so pleased. My alum is now in our local public high school and is thriving - well rounded high GPA thinking about how she can change the world and realizing that however she approaches a new issue/class/project she has the tools to thrive and succeed. Our middle schooler is also doing well. Learning how to balance the more rigorous work and time management skills. They are covering everything from science to math to dissecting text and talking about ethics in all classes. I am confident that my middle schooler will turn out as equally well-rounded as our graduate with the skills necessary to succeed far into the future.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wornick is an exceptional place for children to learn. The faculty are outstanding. The curriculum is project-based and designed to foster critical thinking and collaborative skills in every subject. Hebrew and Judaic Studies are full academic subjects so children become fluent in another language and culture. Technology is fully integrated into every aspect of the school day. Most importantly Wornick fosters a culture of caring and community among its students and families. We transferred our children from Peninsula public schools to Wornick and the difference is extraordinary.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our oldest child joined Wornick 2 years ago after spending 4 years at the best public elementary school in San Mateo (Baywood). We thought so highly of the school that we brought our youngest child over to Wornick as well. We have been extremely happy with both the elementary and middle school programs. Wornick has met our desire for a school that does the following emphasizes academic excellence; provides differentiated learning opportunities that challenge each student; offers an ethical and value based education that is woven into the fabric of each class; emphasizes project-based learning; and has small classes and teachers that genuinely care about each student s intellectual and emotional development. Though our child was accepted to other prestigious private schools we pro-actively chose Wornick for these reason. In addition Wornick provides our children with an outstanding academic experience at a price point which is significantly less than some other private schools in our community.

  • (1 year ago)

    We pulled our children out of the school because of serious issues with bullying that weren't resolved. The teachers are a mix - some excellent some mediocre and some truly ineffective. It's so sad that the administration hasn't been able to firmly handle the problems.

  • (1 year ago)

    Pulled my kids out after elementary. Be very cautious and ask for names of people who have left so that you get a true picture. The teachers are poorly trained and not qualified. There are way to many kid with serious issues that have not made it through public school and end up there. Read the yelp reviews that have been filtered out bu those that want the truth known.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family relocated from Orange County and our 3rd and 5th graders entered Wornick in September 2009 after attending a large well reputed Jewish Day School and JCC preschool from the age of two. Over the past two academic years despite the challenges of their homesickness and missing life-long friends both boys have transitioned very well to Wornick. The Wornick community welcomes new families and looks for ways to make the transition in as smooth as possible with multiple opportunities to be involved in school life. Although we arrived during the most challenging time as Wornick experienced necessary growth pains the teachers provided superior quality individualized education and attention to our boys as they do for all students. Academically I have one average and one above average student with extremely different styles and needs. Both of my sons have been impressed that their teachers gave them clear written and oral feedback to help them improve on multiple occasions. In this smaller caring community environment I see them growing academically and socially and developing confidence that is invaluable to their future success. We highly recommend the Wornick experience!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have been a Wornick family for four years after having spent the previous six years in the San Mateo/Foster City School system. The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School has been a very warm and welcoming place. The staff is very caring and professional and constantly evaluates what works and what doesn t work for the students and families. Their constant desire for excellence translates to all areas of study and throughout the Wornick community. I value the individualized attention dual curriculum leadership and superior educational standards that the school implements. I have two children that thrive and excel due to their education at Wornick.

  • (3 years ago)

    My older son is now going into 7th grade (after starting Wornick in 2nd) and my second son is starting 3rd. I have been nothing but happy with every aspect of the school. I love the teachers---they not only care about teaching their students but they care about the kids personally. It is truly amazing how dedicated they are. Both of my kids have learned so much and are very happy at the school. The middle school is top notch---the things that my son learned in 6th grade I did not learn until high school! The school not only focuses on critical thinking but teaches the kids to be better people. The school does not tolerate bullying or anything like that in any way shape or form which is very important in this day and age.

  • (3 years ago)

    We joined Wornick last year after giving up on the public schools in California. We couldn't be more pleased. The class sizes are small the teachers very well qualified and the community is very tight knit. The school emphasizes critical thinking and teaches the kids how to love learning. Lots of hands on project based learning. The teachers are personally invested in the kids growth and development. My son loves going to school is completely jazzed about learning and is progressing very well academically. The principal is a gem very smart and great instincts when dealing with parents. All in all we are so happy we chose this school and highly recommend it to others.

  • (3 years ago)

    There are some happy parents and kids at this school. Our experience was 100% negative. We were not happy with any aspect of this school and were sorry we chose it for our child. We found the academics not up to private school standards the teachers unpleasant and worst of all we felt that bullying was not handled properly. We would never recommend this school to any parent and are very glad to have pulled our child out.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our child is in her third year at Wornick so we have been there through the transitional Head of School (who made critical changes as she succeeded a well-loved but overly permissive leader) -- and now (2010-11) the first year of the CLEARLY long-term Head of School a remarkable leader. It is hard to convey how exciting it is to be part of an organization moving from great to preeminent. Change is always challenging for some especially when it includes insistence upon the very highest standards. But what else would you want for your child? Creativity flexibility rigor innovation and excitement are what characterize the school now. The Board is not just dedicated but brings the talent and know-how to take Wornick to the next level. Come and see for yourself ... blog sites like this only get you so far.

  • (4 years ago)

    How high can you rate a school when your children are upset that summer vacation is too long and they would rather be at school. Wornick teaches our children in a way that doesn't scare or intimidate them.The caring environment running through the school is obvious to anyone that visits the school.

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