It was a very exciting year in the Golda Meir Lower School. We started off with the big announcement of becoming an “exemplary high-performing” National Blue Ribbon School based on our academic test scores, as well as the quality of curriculum, instruction, climate, professional development and more. If you want to relive the announcement, you can do so here! Of all the national award winners in 2018, we were:
The only independent, private school in San Diego County in over 25 years
The only private school in the state of California
The only Jewish day school in country
Winning the award, however, did not mean that it was time to sit back or slow down on our quest for excellence. Far from it! Here are just a few of the exciting accomplishments this year:
Expanded Learning Center which has resulted in:
25% increase in the specialized academic support provided to students;
Individualized learning plans written for every Learning Center student;
Universal screenings for all kindergarteners and first graders in speech, hearing and fine motor.
Increased number of student collaborations between GMLS and MUS:
Chicken coop innovations for rain capture and solar power;
Job-embedded, sustained training led by an SDSU literacy expert to improve instruction in high-level reading comprehension and thinking skills.
Implementation of ADL’s No Place for Hate anti-bias lessons each week in every classroom and a continued a strong emphasis on mindfulness, conflict mediation, campus-wide acts of kindness, and building empathy and leadership amongst all students.
Dozens of Tikkun Olam projects that brought help to many organizations across San Diego.
Enrollment in GMLS has increased by 16% in the past two years.
And, last but not least, some academic highlights for the GMLS report card:
GMLS students score 25 points higher in reading and 35 points higher in math than their national counterparts;
Thirty-two percent of GMLS students score in the top 10% in reading;
Forty-six percent of GMLS students score in the top 10% in math.
These many accomplishments would not have been possible without the amazing support of our parent community. With thousands of volunteer hours worked and $15M raised, we were able to do so much more to enhance your children’s experiences. Thank you for a fantastic year and we are excited to see everyone back, rested and relaxed, in August!