From Our Alumni

Three years ago, I graduated from Heschel West (now Ilan Ramon Day School). My graduating class had only 20 students.  I received one-on-one attention from my teachers. This helped me build a unique relationship with them. When I graduated, I was prepared to attend any type of school. I was strong in math, social studies, reading skills and writing concepts because of the attention I received. I am currently earning straight A’s in my eighth grade class. I am thankful that I was educated in a safe learning environment where I was able to build fundamentals for my future education. In addition, I developed strong social skills and friendships.

Dana Leonard, Class of 2007




During my years at Heschel West (now Ilan Ramon Day School), I learned numerous life lessons and values. I loved the small size classes that created a warm and safe environment, where I knew I could approach the teachers for help and guidance.  Heschel West successfully prepared me for middle school, and now that I am going to high school I feel prepared because of my early years of elementary school.   Heschel West does an excellent job merging general studies with Judaic studies. I learned a whole other language and all about my heritage. I feel part of the Jewish society through my studies of my people’s history. The general studies were also second to none, with the teachers helping me improve in my math and grammar, which were my toughest subjects. This is no ordinary school; it is more of a kehilla or community. I will never forget all I learned at Heschel West, and cannot wait to use my new found learning in my future.

Madelynn Taras, Class of 2007




Heschel West has been such a wonderful experience. I have grown, not only as a student, but as a person and opened up my mind to new ways of thinking. The duel curriculum helped us to uncover our past and learn about our future. Community was another big aspect at Heschel West (now Ilan Ramon Day School). I knew everyone from TK to 5th. The small class sizes made it easy to learn, more one-on-one help, and a closer bond between you and your teacher. This school, an amazing place, is where I spent my elementary years growing and learning every day.

Chloe Wigul, Class of 2009