Advantages of a Jewish Day School Education
Today about 40% of all students receiving a Jewish education do so in day schools. At Barrack, students come from various backgrounds, representing all streams and movements of Jewish life and observance, including Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Modern Orthodox. Jewish learning is integrated into each day, creating a sense of wholeness for students.
Barrack provides students with a stellar, values-based education that prepares them to succeed in a complex world. In addition to the formal education process, students thrive in the warm, nurturing environment and appreciate the opportunities to build strong relationships with both faculty and peers.
A national study conducted by the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) on the impact of Jewish day school education confirms what is known to be true anecdotally. It surveyed Jewish college students from public, secular private and Jewish day schools, and concluded the following about Jewish high school alumni from non-Orthodox backgrounds:
- They are the most positive about the level of intellectual challenge and the efforts of teachers to engage them in classes.
- They are most positive about the encouragement and support received from teachers.
- They are more resistant than their public school peers to social pressures such as heavy drinking that leads to other risky behaviors.
- They are more likely to restrict their dating to Jewish peers and be involved with Jewish life, learning, observance, Israel and Jewish cultural activities on campus.
Application to Life at College
- Their Jewish day school education provides outstanding preparation for a broad range of colleges and universities, including those that are most selective.
- They participate in all aspects of undergraduate life and are well represented in the ranks of student leaders.
- They are more likely to demonstrate a stronger sense of responsibility towards addressing the needs of the larger society by influencing social values, helping those in need, and volunteering time to social change efforts.
“My Barrack education gave me a secure sense of identity with a wide spectrum of beliefs and attitudes. I emerged eager to lead and to embrace the world at large...”