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Why did I choose a Jewish Day School?

By Sydney A., Class of 2014

The answer is quite simple. I wanted to reconnect with my Jewish identity in a way that respected my personal approach to Judaism.

I was also attracted to the challenging curriculum. The curriculum is adjusted yearly to fit the academic needs of the incoming class, and students have some flexibility in choosing their classes. For example, I take three foreign languages, and I can say with relative certainty that if I went to another school, I would not have the chance to do so. A variety of honors classes are available, and we currently offer AP Psychology, AP Calculus, and AP History.

One of the ways Cardin excels is teaching us to think critically and defend our position on a variety of topics. Memorization has its place, but being able to think for yourself after really looking at all sides of an issue is an invaluable skill, regardless of the field you choose to pursue.

The last thing that attracted me to Cardin was the people I met when I shadowed. The students here are incredible, and there are a variety of vibrant personalities with a wide range of religious beliefs, opinions, backgrounds, and interests. There’s just something about this school that makes people come out of their shells. You are free to be who you really are, and this really makes teens, even the shy ones, blossom.

To me, Cardin means a variety of things. It means being with people who genuinely care about me and about one another. It means going to a school that has teachers who love what they do and will do whatever is necessary to help their students master the material. They are passionate about their subjects, and that gets the students involved and excited about learning. Plus, the classes are small enough that teachers and students really get a chance to know one another. Needless to say, sleeping in class is not an option.

Cardin has a warm environment that is unheard of in a bigger school. Here, every single person counts, no one is left behind, and if you want to do something extracurricular, you can certainly make it happen. Want to start a club? Just ask. Never played soccer in your life? Welcome to the team, we’ll teach you. Want to try your hand at acting? Sign up for the play.

We may be small, but we make up for it in enthusiasm, a sense of community, and most importantly, friendship.

Coming to a Jewish Day School was one of the best decisions I have ever made.