Gross Schechter Day School Annual Report



With pleasure, we report the outstanding achievements of the 2016-2017 academic year in the Annual Report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2017. Due to the generous support of our donors, the excellence of our faculty, the engagement of our community and strength of our administration, our students experienced a tremendous year of growth and academic success.graduation 2017
Below, you will read about several of the academic and institutional highlights, see graphs that illustrate fundraising revenues and view our Donor Honor Roll listing all those who supported our efforts last year.

Let’s begin with our most exciting achievements.

*We ended the year with a balanced budget and raised over one million dollars for the third year in a row.

maya dori*Our students won regional awards in science and creative writing. Ten of our students competed in the regional NE Ohio Science and Engineering Fair. All 10 students won awards including May Dori, who received the 1st Place Award in Physics. Maya Dori also received the John Bell Memorial Award from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) for her science fair project and the first place award from SAS at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair held at John Carroll University this past March, for her project “Measuring the Speed of Light With a Microwave Oven”.

*Success was not limited to STEM achievements, our Schechter students placed 1st and 2nd in the Yom HaShoa Cleveland Writing Contest.
*Our newly expanded arts program, directed by Sheri Gross is flourishing. All of our lower school students participated in two original Hebrew/English musicals. Our students participated in drama several times a week, a new tefillah program utilizing drama was introduced, and after-school programs like cheerleading, choir and band were added to our extra-curricular offerings.

*Our Infant Care Center continues to flourish. It is filled to capacity with a growing wait list. Currently, more than 70% of the babies in our infant care center have transitioned to our Early Childhood Program.

And there’s more…

* We completed phase I of our new Educational Garden

* We expanded our Read for Life program by partnering with a Cleveland run-walkPublic School this year and hosted our first Read for Life Run/Walk, which raised over $56,000 and had over 320 attendees
*Schechter’s enrollment increased from from 235 to 244 students between the first and last day of school (not including our Infant Care Program)

*We made significant strides in our Year 1 goals in the areas of Identity and Values, Financial Sustainability and Governance. We convened a steering committee focused on Jewish Life at our school that helped examine the current needs of our school community in terms of Judaic leadership. Based on these discussions, this group created a job description for a newly created position, Associate Head of School for Judaic Studies and Programs.

Read for Life*The school is delighted to announce that Rabbi Jonathan (Yoni) Berger will begin August 2017 in this role. Rabbi Berger comes to Schechter after serving on the school leadership team at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit for the past 11 years as Rav Beit Hasefer and as the 7th-8th Grade Learning Community Leader.
It is only with your help and the help of hundreds of others that Gross Schechter Day School is able to provide an excellent education that changes lives, enhances our communities and strengthens the Jewish People.

Thank you for supporting our mission, our students and the kind of future that our students and graduates strive to achieve.


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Ted Einhorn                                                                                            Randy S. Boroff
Board President                                                                                      Head of School

*Figures below may be subject to moderate change pending financial audit.

Total Fundraising: $1,172,612

Fundraising by Category

  • Annual Campaign
  • Endowment
  • Fundraising Events
  • Restricted Giving/Grants
  • Other Fundraising

Total Fundraising By Year

  • Fundraising Dollars Raised
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