Gross Schechter Day School inspires its students to love learning, become their best selves, and embrace Jewish practice, values, and community in a challenging and encouraging academic environment.
Gross Schechter Day School will be recognized as a leading educational institution in Northeast Ohio, bringing the joy of learning and living Jewishly to our families and their community. Our graduates will make life decisions energized by our traditions, while living in the modern world.
Our school, although still young, has a rich history of growth and discovery. It was founded as the Jewish Day School Association of Cleveland in 1980 with just 15 students in kindergarten and first grade at then-Congregation Beth Am.
We were later renamed as Solomon Schechter Day School of Cleveland. As grades were added, the school moved to Greenview School in South Euclid, where it grew to over 150 students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Schechter then moved to Park Synagogue, and later to the Malvern School in Shaker Heights in 1992, where it added a preschool. We moved to our brand-new campus in Pepper Pike in August 2002 and changed our name to Gross Schechter Day School.
Today, with 255 students, Gross Schechter remains a vibrant and spiritual community, providing students with resources to benefit from an award-winning education and instilling them with a pride and love for their Judaism.
Gross Schechter Day School is a member of the Schechter Day School Network, an association of Jewish schools across 17 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces, which shares philosophy, principles, beliefs and practices of the Conservative movement.
Understanding and practicing Kedusha, Avodah, Torah, G’millut Chasadim and Tikkun Olam in an egalitarian environment.
Gross Schechter Day school is a Schechter school, linking us to day schools around the country. This plants our roots in Conservative Judaism and all that Conservative practice entails, while also creating a welcome and respectful learning environment where students of all streams of Judaism are comfortable. Our school helps students understand and experience Kedusha (Holiness) in an egalitarian environment, providing each student with the knowledge and experience to feel comfortable a multitude of Jewish settings. Our students learn the importance of Avodah (service), Torah, G’millut Chasadim (Acts of Kindness) and Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), all of which are central in our curriculum and school culture.
Creating a community that provides a foundation for Jewish life through support, celebration and shared experiences.
The Schechter community is comprised of parents, faculty, students, families, grandparents, donors, and volunteer leaders and extends far beyond the school day. Our community supports one another through all of life’s ups and downs – we celebrate and grieve together. We take care of one another in times of need. Our community forges life-long friendships based on shared experiences and a commitment to the ideals of the school and Jewish life. We believe that participation in a community provides a foundation for a meaningful Jewish life. Our vibrant, caring community is diverse and committed to social responsibility.
Recognizing and nurturing the uniqueness of each individual student.
Gross Schechter Day School values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes that each child (and their families) bring unique contributions to the classroom and the community. We do not maintain a “one size fits all” approach in our teaching, but rather strive to personalize learning to best meet the needs of individual students. We partner with families to nurture whole, well-rounded individuals who are the best people they can be. This also means teaching our students the value of Shmirat Ha’guf (health and wellness) as well as Kavod (respect and dignity).
Unity of the Jewish people and celebration of diversity.
We believe in the unity of the Jewish People and support Jews of all backgrounds and heritages. We recognize and respect the wide variety of beliefs, affiliations and observances that exists in our community. The ruach of our school (joy and spirit) is tangible upon arrival on our campus.
Connection and love for the State of Israel.
Gross Schechter Day School instills a deep connection to the State of Israel that is rooted in passion and produces a deep sense of responsibility for its security. Students develop a strong personal relationship with the country, its culture, its history and the people. Students develop mastery of modern Hebrew, the living language of Israel and the Jewish people.
Providing students with a rich, educational experience of an outstanding integrated education that positions each student for success.
“Through wisdom is a house built; through understanding it is established.”(Proverbs 24:3) Through a rigorous integrated curriculum, our students gain mastery in both General Studies and Judaic Studies. Our students cognitively benefit from a deep immersion in the second language of Hebrew, the language of our shared heritage and history. Our students are well prepared for High School and beyond, transitioning smoothly and successfully to the next stage of their education.
Current students that are children of Schechter alumni.
Hebrew vocabulary acquired annually by each Schechter student
Awards earned by students in science and writing competitions
Lower tuition when compared to local area private education
Dual Language Curriculum, Community-based Learning, Experiential Learning, Robust Community Service programs, STEM achievements, Creative writing program.
Gross Schechter students feel comfortable in any religious setting and celebrate a pluralism of thoughts and ideas. Students engage in critical reading of texts, reading primary and secondary sources in multiple languages, develop the ability to interpret texts and establish a strong foundation and Jewish identity.
Convivial spaces encourage creativity and learning. Our building is filled with light, and offers plenty of room for students to learn, run, and grow. Classrooms are designed to balance technology, intimacy, safety, and comfort. GSDS offers students access to advanced learning technologies and environments to encourage their academic, physical and spiritual growth in a safe, nurturing atmosphere.
All too often, a secular education can’t teach a child to develop personal responsibility to make the world a better place. Gross Schechter Day School students are active citizens of the global world.
Gross Schechter strives to integrate Judaic knowledge into academic learning settings, so each day provides both specialized and primary instruction.
Gross Schechter Day School is a community of students, families, educators, donors and volunteer leaders who support each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging lifelong bonds of friendship based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.
The Sefer Torah number 637 is one of the 1,564 Czech Memorial Sifre Torah which constituted part of the treasures looted by the Nazis during the 1939-1945 war from the desolated Jewish communities of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia, and which had been cared for by the Czechoslovak Government for many years. These Torot were acquired, with the good-will of the Czechoslovak Government by good friends from Artia (the State Cultural Agency) for Westminster Synagogue, where they arrived on February 7, 1964.
This Scroll came to Gross Schechter Day School from the town of Moravska-Ostrava and was written in 1910. It is placed outside the school library for all to see. To learn more about the project, please visit the Memorial Scrolls Trust website.