About Us

Mission & Philosophy



OUR PHILOSOPHY...

Valley Beth Shalom Harold M. Schulweis Day School, a K-6 Solomon Schechter elementary school, offers a superior education and enriching foundation for life’s journey. Students thrive in an environment that focuses on academic excellence, strong Jewish values, a dynamic community, and personal growth. Students reach their learning potential guided by talented teachers through individual learning approaches and small group instruction.

OUR MISSION...

Is to empower each child to reach his/her potential as a confident, skilled, and passionate learner with a strong Jewish identity. Exceptional, forward-thinking academic general and Judaic studies programs emphasize inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity while instilling Jewish ethics, values, spirituality, a personal connection to Israel, and a strong sense of social responsibility. Embraced by a nurturing and dynamic community, our students build a foundation that fosters academic achievement, celebrates the joy of Jewish life, and cultivates a desire to make a difference in the world.

OUR NAMESAKE...

Like our namesake, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, we emphasize social action and spiritual transformation, he taught us that "God is a VERB".  Just as God takes action, so must we.  To learn about the Pillars of Tzedakah at VBSDS, click here.  We prepare students to root down with a strong foundation through learning, giving and doing.  Our highly academic curriculum emphasizes creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and also embraces inquiry, Hebrew language, and the rituals and values central to Jewish identity.  All of this leads to a student who is prepared to live and lead as an enlightened mensch!

Valley Beth Shalom Day School receives funding from:

ACCREDITATIONS

  • California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Builders of Jewish Education (BJE)