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Notes for Prospective Students
OUR MISSION: Lander~Grinspoon Academy is a Jewish day school in the
Pioneer Valley that welcomes children of families from all Jewish
traditions and backgrounds.
Our mission is to provide a rich,
academically rigorous, and values-based education integrating
general and Jewish studies in a nurturing environment.
1) To engender in students a love of learning and a positive Jewish
2) To maximize each student's intellectual, emotional,
social, ethical, and spiritual development.
3) To impart knowledge
and skills enabling students to become independent learners,
critical thinkers, and caring, responsible citizens of our Jewish,
American, and global communities.
4) To foster an appreciation of
the centrality of Israel in modern Jewish life.
We achieve our
vision through OUR VALUES: 1) A forward-looking general studies
curriculum that has depth and breadth, provides stimulating,
in-depth instruction in the core disciplines of language arts,
mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, while
supporting active inquiry and mastery, and encourages each child to
excel to the best of his or her abilities.
2) A creative
dual-language Jewish curriculum that provides a firm foundation of
Jewish knowledge and experiences through a focus on Hebrew
language, Jewish history and culture, Israel, textual study,
religious observances, and spiritual practice is presented in an
3) A thoughtful social and ethical
curriculum that teaches children to behave in a manner that is
compassionate and respectful, to honor diversity and equality, to
practice the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam (actively improving the world).
4) A caring, dedicated, and skilled teaching staff that works
together with families to assure education of the whole child.
warm, nurturing, and creative environment that cultivates
self-esteem, encourages success, serves a variety of learning
styles, and values community.