Ilan Ramon Day School is a community day school committed to educating students in a supportive, creative, and caring atmosphere. Our school represents the depth and diversity of Jewish life. At Ilan Ramon Day School, each child is nurtured and encouraged to grow into his or her unique identity.
Ilan Ramon Day School was founded as Heschel West in 1994 by a group of young families seeking a program that intertwined a superior secular and a progressive, humanistic Judaic curriculum. Our name was changed to honor the Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, in 2011. Our mission at Ilan Ramon Day School is quite clear: We are dedicated to providing an integrated secular and Judaic program which develops competent, self-directed and resourceful learners. Recognizing that each child is unique, instruction is designed to accommodate the individual differences of learners. We consider the whole child and seek to engender a strong sense of self and a life-long commitment to learning.
At Ilan Ramon Day School children learn that they can make a difference and that how they act affects our world. There is an emphasis on social action and interaction. Community outreach and education are an integral part of Ilan Ramon, both for students and parents. We are committed to joining with other institutions in offering the entire community educational opportunities. These include family events and a community-wide education series. The children work with environmental organizations and study the geography and history of California. Students gain an understanding of environmental issues through their studies and “hands-on” activities. They are actively involved in preserving the beauty of this area.
Ilan Ramon Day School students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and creative self-expression through this outstanding integrated secular and Judaic program. Through instruction in conversational Hebrew language, Bible, rabbinic texts, history, prayer, and holidays, Ilan Ramon provides an enriched Jewish experience. Our students complete the elementary program with inquisitive minds and compassionate hearts to actively enter middle school.
Our philosophy and program intertwine into an educational program in which excellence of teaching, curriculum, and community commitment are one. This is a school where our children and families are integral to the fabric of the school. Ilan Ramon is committed to nurturing and inspiring our children, supporting their optimum development in becoming well balanced and well prepared for the many challenges of growing up.