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Published by TVT communications, 2018-09-27 16:08:30

Lower School Profile 2018-2019

Lower School Profile 2018-2019

2018 - 2019 ACCREDITATION
LPORWOFEIRLSECHOOL AND RECOGNITION

Founded in loving memory of Jeff Davis
Naomi Gelman Weiss Head of School
Michelle Bernat
Our goal at TVT is to nurture self-directed learners who are motivated to Principal
find solutions to problems and driven to discover answers to their own Elizabeth Stone
questions furthering their knowledge of the way the world works. Our Assistant Principal
faculty recognizes that students are more engaged in class when the Ilana Grines
learning is relevant and applicable to their everyday lives. The faculty at School Counselor
TVT is skilled in encouraging growth in students, leading them to think Rabbi Stuart Light
independently, so that students know how to create, innovate and Director: Jewish Life
articulate their own ideas. and Learning
LOWER SCHOOL
COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL 5200 Bonita Canyon Drive
Established in 1991, TVT Community Day School is one of the oldest Irvine, California 92603
independent schools in Orange County. TVT is accredited by the California 949.509.9500
Association of Independent Schools, Western Association and is a TARBUT.com
distinguished blue ribbon school. Our educational community admits
students from over 100 different schools and preschools representing 35
cities from Long Beach to San Diego. In the 2017-18 academic year, 33% of
students received needs-based tuition assistance, totaling $1.8 million.

TVT provides a one-of-a-kind experience nurturing your child with
academic, emotional, spiritual and character growth in preparation for
college and beyond. Our vibrant curriculum and emphasis on innovative
teaching methods empowers talented teachers to incorporate the
best educational practices – including Blended Learning - to teach
perseverance, values, and skills that form a strong foundation for
TVT’s rigorous college preparatory program.

LOWER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

TK-5th: 287
Average Class Size: 16
Teacher Ratio: 10:2

FACULTY
Our carefully selected and sought-after faculty
are experts in their field. They are academically
and pedagogically accomplished with a strong
sense of purpose and drive. Our teachers are
excellent role models inside and outside the
classroom. Our small class size fosters student-
teacher relationships that last into upper school
and beyond, as our committed faculty continue
to mentor their students as they progress through
the grades.

A DAY IN THE
LIFE OF A LION

TVT students in TK–5th participate in
the following classes on a rotating schedule

Core Studies: Language Arts, Math and
Social Studies

Specialties: Art, Science, Music, Library, and PE
Jewish Life: Hebrew and Jewish Studies

SCHOOL HOURS 8:00 – 3:15 WELL-BEING
8:45 – 3:15 Physical Education in the TVT lower school
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 – 2:30 emphasizes developmentally appropriate activities,
Wednesday which focus on sportsmanship, skill building, and
Friday teamwork. Students acquire a love for physical activity
while also developing motor skills, balance, strength,
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM and endurance. Our activities emphasize cooperation
Monday–Thursday 3:30 – 4:30 pm over competition and teach the fundamentals of
leading a healthy lifestyle.
VALUES
ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES
Academic achievements are merely one TVT students have the opportunity to participate in
means of assessing a school program. developmental athletic teams under the guidance
Equally important are the values that are of TVT’s Director of Athletics. In preparation for
being taught, the sense of pride and Jewish competitive sports in middle and upper school,
identity that is being instilled and the co-ed soccer, boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball
community culture that is being nurtured. are perennial favorites.
We believe that cultivating all of these
qualities are essential for an exceptional
education, and they are an integral part of
our children’s educational journey at TVT.

CORE VALUES OF TVT

TIKKUN OLAM CHESED TZEDEK
Repair the World Kindness Justice

EMMET KLAL YISRAEL KAVOD
Truth Community Respect

ACADEMICS

INDIVIDUALIZED AND BLENDED LEARNING ACCELERATION AND SUPPORT
TVT provides a stimulating and nurturing environment We meet children where they are academically and
where students engage in high-quality, hands-on propel them to the next level of their educational
experiences designed to spark curiosity and ignite a journey. Many learning support services are included
passion for lifelong learning. Blended Learning — as part of tuition, and accelerated classes are always
The method of using online digital media and available for all grades, TK-12.
traditional classroom teaching methods — occurs
alongside 21st-century techniques that promote ART AND MUSIC
collaboration and creativity using technology and The values of honoring
e-curriculum that embraces students for their the whole student, giving
individual strengths and talents. personal attention,
respecting community,
DUAL CURRICULUM and aspiring to
From the time Transitional Kindergarteners and excellence, guide our
Kindergarteners enter our vibrant community, they programs at TVT.
participate in both Jewish studies and Hebrew Courses in music
language along with our dynamic secular curricula. and art are not
Hebrew is taught in both an immersive environment only available, but
and through e-curriculum that engages the students highlighted, as a key
individually. Young children are uniquely suited to part of each student’s
acquire a second language, which optimizes learning educational journey.
potential and stimulates brain development at its most
flexible stage. The unique dual curriculum promotes
the students’ understanding of and commitment to
Jewish history, culture, and tradition.

INNOVATION AFTER SCHOOL
Combining specialized courses during the school day with a selection of after school electives, Innovation After
School offers students the opportunity to study deeply and learn richly in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math), Arts and Writing and Jewish Studies. Innovation After School encourages students to pursue
their academic passion under the guidance of our faculty to enrich their days and further prepare them for our
middle and upper school. Samples of Innovation After School offerings are:

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY
Challah Baking
Global Sound Artists Chess Engineering with Lego
(K-2) (K-2) (K-2) (K-2)
Club Invention Dance Crazy 8s
Engineering with Lego (K-2) (K-2)
(TK & K) Level Up Global Village (K-2)
(K-2) Robotics Glee Club
Visual Arts Visual Arts (K-2)
(K-2) (K-2) (K-2)
Supervised Play Visual Arts Supervised Play
Supervised Play (K-2) (K-2)
(K-2) Creative Writing (K-2)
(3-5) Supervised Play Chess
Crazy 8s Dance (K-2) (3-5)
(3-5) (3-5) Keyboards
Jewish Holiday Baking Instrumental Music (3-5)
Glee Club (3-5) (3–5) Robotics League
(3-5) (3-5)
Ukulele
Kitchen Science (3-5) Classes listed on
(3-5) Film more than one day
(4-5) are separate classes.
Club Invention
(K-2) Math Olympiad
(7:50-8:50 AM)

(3-5)

TECHNOLOGY

TVT students have access to a wide variety of age-appropriate technology to prepare them to excel in their future
studies and in the careers of the future. Our trained faculty teach students to use technology in age-appropriate
ways as early as transitional kindergarten.

STUDENT LIFE
TVT incorporates a variety of classes, clubs and extracurricular
activities to build confidence, character, leadership and social skills
both inside and outside the classroom. The values of honoring
the whole student, giving personal attention to each student,
respecting the community, and aspiring to excellence, guide our
education programs at TVT. The diverse TVT experience is a perfect
opportunity for your child to grow in every way.

PLURALISM
TVT is devoted to building an inclusive and pluralistic education
community where mutual respect is paramount, as is the dedication to
Klal Yisrael (unity of all Jewish people). Students are taught about the
spectrum of Jewish practices, values and beliefs in an environment
that supports their own journey of exploration. TVT believes that it is
essential to educate our students to appreciate, honor and respect a
variety of perspectives as to their existence, heritage and place within
the Jewish community. We create an environment where all students
are welcomed and included in the greater community.

WARM COMMUNITY, SAFE CAMPUS AND
LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS
Approximately half of the graduating senior class are what we
lovingly call “lifers” Lifers have been at TVT since kindergarten.
Building friendships, memories and lifelong connections are a few
benefits of a K-12 school. TVT alumni stay in contact through college
and throughout life. Why? Because our secure campus and warm
community is the perfect incubator for growing lasting relationships.
These are the friendships that are cherished forever—not just among
students, but among parents, faculty and our staff as well. Join us, and
discover how a college preparatory education rooted in Jewish values

can enrich your entire family.

Founded in loving memory of
Naomi Gelman Weiss

5200 Bonita Canyon Drive | Irvine, California 92603 | 949.509.9500

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