Ronald C Wornick Jewish Day School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
800 Foster City Blvd, Bldg. 830
San Mateo, CA 94404
Tel: (650)378-2600
  • Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School is a vibrant and innovative community of learners from Transitional Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
  • Wornick students are supported, challenged, and inspired to become their very best selves.
  • An integrated curriculum emphasizes the connections across academic subjects and among students, families, and our community.
  • Informed by shared Jewish values and ethics, our students emerge as engaged, confident young adults with the desire and skills to change the world.
  • We are open to all applicants as an inclusive, supportive, and diverse community.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other religious school association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1986

Student Body

Total Students209 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
7%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeRonald C Wornick Jewish Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 19
Tuition NotesSee admissions website for details.
% on Financial Aid
40%
Admissions DirectorAnnie O'Donnell
Admissions AssociateNicole Haire

Sports

Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
GolfTennis,
Volleyball

School Notes

  • Small class sizes offer abundant opportunities for students to ask questions, interact more closely with teachers and receive the attention they need and deserve.
  • Nurturing community welcomes families and encourages parent involvement, enabling students to be known by their peers, their teachers, and their community.
  • Passionate educators and a dynamic learning environment instill a zeal for learning while providing the necessary skills for a lifetime of academic and personal success.
  • Critical thinking skills, complex problem-solving, and ethical decision-making are emphasized in every class.
  • Numerous leadership and public speaking opportunities at every grade level inspire kids to be leaders inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Robust social-emotional learning program teaches conflict resolution, strengthens communication skills, and highlights Jewish values.
  • Following Common Core Standards, our mathematics program places a premium on mathematical understanding.
  • Next Generation Science Standards focus on scientific process and a critical understanding of scientific inquiry.
  • A new state of the art makerspace inspires children to tackle problems with their hands, unlocking new passions and creativity.
  • Foreign language learning opportunities in Hebrew K-8 and Spanish 6-8. Art and music education fosters imagination and creative expression.
  • Local, national, and international study trips take learning out into the world.
  • Technology integrated throughout the curriculum and 1:1 laptop computer program in middle school.
  • Team sports include flag football, cross-country, girls volleyball, basketball, distance running, tennis, and golf.
  • Students across grade levels regularly meet in smaller Havurot (family) groups to work together on school-wide projects, creating role models for younger students and leadership opportunities for older ones.
  • No-cost before-school care and flexible after-school day care on contracted full-time or drop-in basis.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  1/19/2016
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!
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5  1/19/2016
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!
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5  2/14/2013
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.
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