Gurim is an amazing “junior kindergarten” experience for families that are looking for an engaging, dynamic, hands-on learning environment for their children. This rich full-day experience integrates school-based academics with educational play led by highly experienced and  professionally trained educators. Throughout their day, students are immersed in Hebrew language and participate in science/STEM, art, and music co-curricular classes with teachers who are experts in those particular subject matter disciplines. 


“Coming from a bilingual home, it’s a priority for us that our children are fluent in Hebrew in all aspects of the language. There’s nothing better than seeing Naomi play in Hebrew on the playground with her CESJDS friends.” Joanna and Roee Snir, CESJDS Gurim Parents

Highlights Include

  • A fluid schedule that incorporates routines and structures that support the developmental needs of children

  • Personalized learning taking place in Individual, small group, and whole class activities in all key subject areas

  • A multi-sensory approach to learning that engages students, instills a joy for learning, and promotes internalization of content of skills taught

  • Development of Jewish identity and celebration of Jewish life: Shabbat and Jewish holidays 

  • Specific attention to the development of social-emotional and executive function skills taught in tandem by teachers and guidance counselors

  • Music, dancing, and yoga for mindful transitions

  • Participation in school-wide events such as Whole School Morning Meeting, Whole School Kabbalat Shabbat, and Maccabiyah Field Day

  • A warm and caring community of friends, teachers, and families

  • Access to our robust after school enrichment program (Tue-Thu until 4:30 PM) and Wonders Aftercare (daily until 6:00 PM) 

Program Requirements

  • Student must be age 4 by the first day of school
  • Student must be toileting independently
“Our child has thrived in Gurim this year. Academically we knew the program would be excellent, but we are most impressed by the social/emotional growth he's had, the deep friendships he's already made, and the incredible bond he's created with his teachers. His Hebrew language comprehension and vocabulary has exploded this year. He's coming home excited to show us all the new letters he's learned and asking to write notes for us with his newfound knowledge. We can see  that he's figuring out how to apply the practical life skills he's learning in the classroom at home. Most importantly, he's truly excited to go to school every day.  We are so happy we chose Gurim for our child!"Shirin and Osher Masica, CESJDS Gurim Parents




Spots in our Gurim/Junior Kindergarten program are still available for the 2023-2024 school year.
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Dorie Ravick

Dorie Ravick

Director of Lower School Admission