Lehrman Community Day School was founded in 1960. Lehrman is the oldest pluralistic Jewish day school in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Our two divisions educate 478 children. Our students represent every spectrum of Jewish life.
We do not permit a child to be denied a Lehrman education because of finances; thus we have a generous need-based Tuition Assistance program.
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, most with advance degrees. All early childhood teachers have a certificate or an appropriate degree.
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 Prizmah and with The Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) in Miami; Lehrman is a beneficiary of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
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.
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, we have a scoped and sequenced integrated program (a complete overview is available on our website).
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, a highly analytical Bible curriculum is utilized in grades 3-5.
Students go to area Jewish day schools such as Hillel, Hebrew Academy, and Posnack; local selective independent schools such as Ransom Everglades, Miami Country Day School, and Pinecrest; as well as public middle schools, usually in honors programs, and magnet and charter schools, such Miami Arts Charter (MAC). Lehrman students are accepted at the schools of their choice.
Lehrman is a member of the Florida High School Athletic Association and the Jewish Athletic League. We field teams in flag football and basketball and also have our intramural basketball competition.
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: Israeli Dance, Visual Arts, Photography, Musical Theatre Production (the past years have seen outstanding performances of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” "Willy Wonka," Aladdin," “Cinderella,” and "School of Rock."), and Instrumental Ensemble.