KJDS built a sense of confidence in Camden. Every time he does a presentation, he gets very high marks because he is very confident speaking in front of people. Camden never even knew he had these talents until he was cast as Baloo in “The Jungle Book”. Our little boy, who was nervous presenting a science project in front of his friends, surprised us with a strong stage presence. Honestly, I think a signature trait of a KJDS student is confidence when speaking to adults and other children. As I see them out and about in the community I am constantly amazed at how KJDS students and alumni present themselves.
When Camden moved on to Webb for middle school and high school he had a strong connection to his Jewish Identity. When the opportunity to take off school for religious holidays arose, it was a definite -without hesitation as he valued the Jewish Holidays. In high school, when BBYO was presented to him he immediately jumped on the opportunity and even moved on to become his chapter’s president. I am so grateful for the strong feeling of Jewish belonging Camden got at KJDS.
– Bonnie Boring
Dylan attended KJDS from K-5th Grade. He now goes to West Valley Middle School and is in 7th grade.
When Dylan started going to KJDS he was a shy little boy. We were a little concerned about the small school size and if it would not promote him to blossom out of his shyness. We were completely wrong! KJDS encourages and allows the children to express and be themselves, while still having structure and a great learning environment.
KJDS also prepares children to problem solve and work independently. Here’s a great story to show how much KJDS prepares their children for Middle school.
Dylan’s 6th grade English class took a test; the entire class's parents received an email stating that the majority of the class failed the test. The teacher felt that it was because the children did not take the time to read, study and work through the passages. Dylan was one of the few children that earned an A. We attribute this success to the style of teaching and learning at KJDS, which encourages independence and problem solving skills. Dylan is now very outgoing and has made so many new friends as well as being in all honors classes adn getting mostly A's!!!!
KJDS is an amazing school!!
– Bonnie Kolnick
"Knoxville Jewish Day School is a small family with every member trying to become their best. All the children are connected. You know your child is becoming their best and everyone is there to cheer them on and support them. The teachers and directors are their second moms and dads. They want what is best for them just like I do."
After six years at KJDS, Samantha’s transition to middle school was very smooth and easy. With the solid academic foundation she gained at KJDS, Samantha has the confidence to ask questions whenever she needs clarification. Socially, Samantha entered middle school with the skills to quickly make new friends and get involved in extracurricular school activities. While Samantha misses learning Hebrew and doing Shabbat with her KJDS friends, she is confident in her Judaism and is proud that she can share her knowledge of Jewish culture and community with her new friends and teachers.
– Debbie Abrams Cohen
Why do we love KJDS? Where to begin! In kindergarten, Cora blossomed on stage as Petunia in the all-school play Alice in Wonderland. In first grade, she "STEAMed into Service" to help fight hunger in Knoxville. And in second grade, she presented a TED talk on community gardening to a standing-room only audience. . From Cora’s first day at this wonderful school , KJDS has nurtured Cora's natural curiosity and excitement for learning, and so much more. Thanks to KJDS, her creativity, concern for the world, and confidence to try new things abound. We couldn't be more grateful! - Lisa Mason
Elizabeth is thriving in middle school because of her experience at KJDS. While we had concerns about her transitioning from a small school to a large one, we soon realized that there was no need to worry; KJDS gave Elizabeth the tools to stand on her own and be confident. The KJDS culture allowed Elizabeth to build warm personal relationships with not only all the students in her class, but also with the entire student body. As typical friendship issues arose, Elizabeth was coached on how to voice her needs and feelings to her friends in a positive and productive manner. With the skills and confidence that she gained at KJDS, Elizabeth is adept at navigating social situations and enthusiastic about meeting new and diverse students at West Valley Middle School. – Laura Floyd
Sending our children to KJDS has given us so much more than just a great school. It has given us long lasting friendships in a warm and welcoming community. Although our two oldest children are now in public school, they have maintained close and lasting friendships with their KJDS friends. Their KJDS experience has given them such a solid and joyful Jewish foundation, and they stay connected. Even our oldest child, who was already in middle school when we moved to Knoxville, became friends with KJDS alumni and continues to attend all the KJDS alumni events. - Nathalie Guigui
"One of the things we love about KJDS is the holistic approach to education. Each child is challenged and supported at their level academically, socially, and emotionally. The loving and supportive environment at KJDS has helped our children build grit and confidence. Our four children have different needs and KJDS has met them all." - Sarah Dugal