FAQs

When was Lehrman founded?

Lehrman Community Day School was founded in 1960. Lehrman is the oldest pluralistic Jewish day school in Florida.

What does pluralism mean at Lehrman?

Our families represent a cross-section of the Jewish community, encompassing all denominations as well as unaffiliated families. At Lehrman we create a climate of comfort and respect for children and their families who come with all varieties of observance.

What ages and grades does Lehrman serve?

Lehrman has an excellent Early Childhood program for children ages 18 months to pre-kindergarten. The elementary school begins with kindergarten and goes through fifth grade.

What are the backgrounds of Lehrman students?

Lehrman is actively committed to being a diverse community. Our families come from 42 different countries, from a variety of ZIP codes, and they come from all streams of Judaism.

How large is the Lehrman student body?

Our two divisions educate 435 children. Our students represent every spectrum of Jewish life.

Is Tuition Assistance available to Lehrman students?

We do not permit a child to be denied an Lehrman education because of finances; thus we have a generous need-based Tuition Assistance program.

What is the Student/Teacher Ratio?

Our ratio is 6:1. Our committed and talented teachers have a median of 20 years teaching experience. Like our families, our teachers come to us with a broad variety of backgrounds and experience, but all elementary teachers are degreed, many with advance degrees. All early childhood teachers have a certificate or an appropriate degree.

Is Lehrman accredited?

Lehrman Community Day School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); Lehrman is affiliated with Ravsak and with The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE); Lehrman is a beneficiary of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

How long is the school day?

The ECD day is 8:10–3:30 and parents may stay with their children until class activities begin at 9:00 am. The K–5th grade division hours are 8:10 am–3:30 pm (M-Th). In honor of the Sabbath, every division ends at 2:40 pm on Fridays throughout the year.

What is the Lehrman curriculum?

Lehrman offers our students premier curricular offerings detailed in our curriculum guides:
The Early Childhood (ages 18 months to 4 yrs) Curriculum is thematic and interactive; Nursery (3 years old) and Pre-K (4 years old) classes prescribe to the pre-school Core Knowledge curriculum. In Grades K-5, Core Knowledge is a scoped and sequenced history based program (a complete overview is available on the Core Knowledge web site).

Lehrman Jewish Studies and Hebrew curricula are also carefully chosen and are the most widely used in their genre: Hebrew emersion curricula: Chalav u’Dvash in Nursery-K, Tal AM in 1-4, MaToK in grades 3-5.

Where do students go after Lehrman?

Students go to Jewish day school middle schools, local independent schools such as Ransom Everglades, Miami Country Day School, and Pincrest, as well as public, usually in honors programs, and charter schools, such Miami Arts Charter. Lehrman students are accepted at the schools of their choice.

Are there athletics at Lehrman?

Lehrman is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association and the Jewish Athletic League. We field teams in 4 different sports.

Are Fine and Performing Arts part of the curriculum?

The Lehrman formal arts program is taught by teacher/practitioners, and as Tom Lollar, Director of Visual Arts for New York’s Lincoln Center said about Lehrman:
“The program is very exciting and encourages creativity in a unique setting.”
Extra-curricular and elective offerings include: Chorale (Zimriyah), Israeli Dance, Visual Arts, Photography, Musical Theatre Production (the past years have seen outstanding performances of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Grease,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Bye, Bye Birdie.”), and Instrumental Ensemble.

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