Experiential learning at CJDS encourages a sense of ownership, allowing students to construct their own learning and make it come to life. Students acquire and apply knowledge in a setting that is both authentic and meaningful. The students will interact directly with the area of study, resulting in an authentic and meaningful learning experience. Rather than merely thinking or reading about the topic, the students live and breathe it!
Enter a classroom at CJDS, and it is abundantly clear that our students don’t just hear or read about a topic, they experience it, live it, and make it their own. Whether holding a conference on the world’s oceans as they explore the Great Barrier Reef or creating their own pilgrim personas during a voyage on the Mayflower (see above), learning comes to life through a curriculum that is both interactive and engaging. Every interactive and engaging program is seen through a Jewish lens. Whether it’s learning the traveler’s prayer prior to embarking on the Mayflower or learning about the mitzvah for healing and helping the sick during the medical unit, Judaism is fully integrated into our General Studies curriculum.