Ronald C Wornick Jewish Day School

800 Foster City Blvd, Bldg. 830
San Mateo, CA 94404
Tel: (650)378-2600
Grades: K-8 | 209 students
The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is a welcoming, diverse community that serves students in grades K-8.
The curriculum incorporates the California Standards along with: Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Character Development and Community Service.
These “C’s” are applied in all areas of the curriculum – Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, Hebrew Language, Judaic Studies, Social Studies.
In each grade, students participate in project-based learning.
This means that students have the chance to delve deeply into a particular subject as they conduct their own research and produce various products demonstrating their new knowledge of the subject matter.
Project based learning also includes engagement with experts in discovering answers to research questions and the practice of revising and refining work to produce a final product to publicly display new knowledge.
We are proud of the emergence of our STEM initiative, bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics innovation into our K-8 classrooms. Wornick students also participate in team sports, art, music, technology and outdoor education classes.
The academic program includes an obligation to use one's knowledge to serve the community.
Our parents, staff and students are all regularly involved in community service.
Additionally, our parents are actively involved in the life of the school.
The school fosters a strong connection to the land of Israel and we maintain a partnership with the Reali School in Haifa.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other religious school association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious Affiliation Jewish
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1986

Student Body

Total Students 209 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
7%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Ronald C Wornick Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 15 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 31 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes See admissions website for details.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Admissions Director Judy Thalheimer
Admissions Associate Pam Bodin

Sports

Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • At the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, our community shares a vision of educating children who love to learn, make an impact and think critically and creatively about repairing the world.
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School Reviews

My daughter transferred to Wornick this last August into the 3rd grade from another local independent school. Our whole family has had a very positive experience and I've been delighted with the environment and the education she is receiving! To boil it down into a few bullet points: 1) Welcoming community - From our first exposure to the Wornick community, we felt welcomed! We weren't members of the school, nor are we Jewish, yet everyone we met at various events (some were recruiting events, but others were just informal school-level events we were invited to attend) was warm and inviting: from the parents to the teachers and administrators to the children. When I picked my daughter up from her shadow day, she was hand-in-hand with a new friend! That same culture has proven to be persistent and pervasive. 2) Critical thinking skills - I love hearing from my daughter and her teachers about the debates the kids have in class over nearly every learning topic. As a rather interesting example, I went to my daughter's Judaic studies teach to discuss some concerns I had over her being taught the biblical interpretation of the creation of the earth, and she assured me that not only would the scientific explanation be brought in conversation shortly, but the kids would be able to discuss and debate the different philosophies in class. I think this approach leads to respect for other opinions and openness to different interpretations and solutions to problems. I love that they discuss and debate in the classroom. That teaching style is also brought to the general studies curriculum as well. It's great! 3) Strong language program - My daughter arrived at Wornick with 3 years of Spanish learning at another school, but no Hebrew (as is the language taught in the lower grades at Wornick). I was concerned that it would be a big struggle for her to catch up to her classmates in Hebrew. Never fear! She was assigned a personal Hebrew teacher who met with her daily, and joined her classmates after only 3 months! She agreed with my assessment that she learned more Hebrew in those 3 months then 3 years at the other school (who shall not be named). 4) Care for emotional development - See the other parents comments about the "peace path". I've seen other programs started up to help with emotional development. And the way I think of the Judaic studies program is a combination of biblical history and social emotional learning. They take stories and concepts from the bible and apply them (sometimes even act them out or write essays about the concepts) to our day to day lives. 5) Attention to academic progress - Regardless of all the above, we would not have chosen Wornick if I did not think that our daughter would be challenged academically. And she has been! After an assessment of her math skills, it was found that she was struggling a bit (the same previous school that didn't teach her Spanish, seems to have also been slacking in the math department) so her math teacher placed her in another (slower paced) group and has been working with her to get her back up to a more proficient pace/level. I've been very happy that they did this evaluation and give her the challenges she needs without frustrating her into failure. We also got recommendations from administrators at other schools that Wornick puts out academically strong kids (as determined during transfer and admissions process) which was a factor in choosing this school initially. So yes, I would highly recommend Wornick! I'm so glad we found this little gem!
- Posted by Parent, 01/19/16
My daughter transferred to Wornick this last August into the 3rd grade from another local independent school. Our whole family has had a very positive experience and I've been delighted with the environment and the education she is receiving! To boil it down into a few bullet points: 1) Welcoming community - From our first exposure to the Wornick community, we felt welcomed! We weren't members of the school, nor are we Jewish, yet everyone we met at various events (some were recruiting events, but others were just informal school-level events we were invited to attend) was warm and inviting: from the parents to the teachers and administrators to the children. When I picked my daughter up from her shadow day, she was hand-in-hand with a new friend! That same culture has proven to be persistent and pervasive. 2) Critical thinking skills - I love hearing from my daughter and her teachers about the debates the kids have in class over nearly every learning topic. As a rather interesting example, I went to my daughter's Judaic studies teach to discuss some concerns I had over her being taught the biblical interpretation of the creation of the earth, and she assured me that not only would the scientific explanation be brought in conversation shortly, but the kids would be able to discuss and debate the different philosophies in class. I think this approach leads to respect for other opinions and openness to different interpretations and solutions to problems. I love that they discuss and debate in the classroom. That teaching style is also brought to the general studies curriculum as well. It's great! 3) Strong language program - My daughter arrived at Wornick with 3 years of Spanish learning at another school, but no Hebrew (as is the language taught in the lower grades at Wornick). I was concerned that it would be a big struggle for her to catch up to her classmates in Hebrew. Never fear! She was assigned a personal Hebrew teacher who met with her daily, and joined her classmates after only 3 months! She agreed with my assessment that she learned more Hebrew in those 3 months then 3 years at the other school (who shall not be named). 4) Care for emotional development - See the other parents comments about the "peace path". I've seen other programs started up to help with emotional development. And the way I think of the Judaic studies program is a combination of biblical history and social emotional learning. They take stories and concepts from the bible and apply them (sometimes even act them out or write essays about the concepts) to our day to day lives. 5) Attention to academic progress - Regardless of all the above, we would not have chosen Wornick if I did not think that our daughter would be challenged academically. And she has been! After an assessment of her math skills, it was found that she was struggling a bit (the same previous school that didn't teach her Spanish, seems to have also been slacking in the math department) so her math teacher placed her in another (slower paced) group and has been working with her to get her back up to a more proficient pace/level. I've been very happy that they did this evaluation and give her the challenges she needs without frustrating her into failure. We also got recommendations from administrators at other schools that Wornick puts out academically strong kids (as determined during transfer and admissions process) which was a factor in choosing this school initially. So yes, I would highly recommend Wornick! I'm so glad we found this little gem!
- Posted by Parent, 01/19/16
I just had a daughter gradutate after 9years in this intimate school and she is over prepared for high school that it is amazing. Very hands on learning. Opportunities to try all kinds of sports, arts and music in a supportive enviornment.
- Posted by Parent, 02/14/13

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