Frequently Asked Questions
What is Weizmann Day School?
Established in 1983, Weizmann Day School is a non-profit, independent, and co-educational school for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school offers an outstanding academic education enriched by Judaic principles and practice.
Are interfaith families welcome?
The Weizmann community has always included families from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. While all children are exposed to Hebrew and to Judaic Studies on a daily basis, we have found that each child and family take what they individually want from that experience and that it complements rather than hinders a child’s understanding of their own unique place in the world. We are happy to refer interested families to current or former families of similar backgrounds should they want to discuss this issue further.
Is synagogue membership required?
While our school is located on the lovely grounds of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, Weizmann Day School is an independent community school. We are not attached to any particular synagogogue nor affiliated with any particular denomination of Judaism. Many of our families are active members at a number of synagogues in the area, but synagogue membership is not required to attend the school.
Where is the campus?
Our campus is located on the grounds of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1 mile north of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. The school is an easy walk to Eaton Canyon and Victory Park. The campus features large air conditioned classrooms, synagogue, art studio, ceramics kiln, potter's wheels, organic garden, enclosed play yard, play structure and indoor gymnasium.
How large are the classes?
We are committed to maintaining small class sizes. Classes are limited to a maximum of 16 students, with a teacher/assistant-to-student ratio of no more than 1 to 8.
What is the age requirement for kindergarten?
Student must be 5 years old by December 2 of the entering year.
What is the educational background of the teachers?
All of our teachers are credentialed and highly experienced at their grade level. A majority of our staff have advanced degrees in their specialties. We strongly support continued professional growth and development.
How is the school accredited?
Weizmann Day School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the BJE: Builders of Jewish Education.
How do the students score on standardized tests?
Our students score extremely well. On the Educational Record Bureau CTP III tests, approximately 70% of our 5th and 6th grade students score well above the 97th percentile. The scores qualified these students for prestigious university-sponsored programs designed to recognize academically talented youth (including Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and University of California, Irvine).
Do you provide after-school care and enrichment?
We begin each school day at 8:15 am and conclude at 3:30 pm. (Kindergarten ends at 2:30 pm). Our popular Afterschool Adventures program is available until 6:00 pm for a reasonable hourly or monthly rate. We provide nutritious snacks, a quiet place to complete homework and a fun environment to do arts and crafts or get out and play. In addition, a revolving list of on-site enrichment programs, themes, and activities are available including gymnastics, volleyball, yoga, karate, chess, science, photography, cooking, Mad Science, recorder and much more.