Elementary School Hours:
8:30 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday
Middle School Hours:
8 am-3:30 pm, Monday-Friday
During designated early-release Fridays, school ends at 2:30 p.m.
Parents may bring children to school for pre-care as early as 7:30 a.m. After care is available Monday-Friday until 6 p.m., and provides opportunities for students to engage in physical activity, to work independently on homework, and to participate in after school clubs and activities. There is an additional charge for before and after care.
From 8-8:20 we offer before school recess at no additional charge.
Independent school is expensive, especially compared to free. Many parents feel they can’t afford to send their children. Parents who have chosen Mirowitz feel they can’t afford NOT to. Consider these facts:
- Independent school students generally perform better than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests. Mirowitz does not endure government pressure to teach to the test, yet our authentic, hands-on learning leads to high test scores.
- Independent schools are not subject to the limitations of state education systems, and have more freedom in designing curriculum and instruction, implementing change and applying the latest neurological research. At Mirowitz, students typically exceed Missouri standards by at least a grade level in all curricular areas.
- Between the ages of 5-15, a person’s value system and sense of religious identity develop and solidify. Studies show that day school graduates express an extraordinary sense of responsibility towards influencing social values, helping those in need and affecting social change. With artistry, love and the magic of community, Mirowitz nurtures children into strong human beings who have a firm Jewish identity and a strong moral compass. Read more about Jewish independent school education.
- Independent schools maintain small class sizes, so students have opportunities to work individually with teachers and learning specialists, and to be challenged to the level of their ability.
At Mirowitz, we are proud of our diverse community which represents 30 zip codes and 11 synagogues. 16% identify as students of color. One third are first or second generation immigrants from 11 countries. They are Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, "just Jewish" and not Jewish. They are Jewish by choice and Jewish by birth, Ashkenazi and Sephardi.
We respect and honor people of all races, colors, national origins, religions, ancestries, gender identities and expressions, sexes, sexual orientations, ages, abilities and socioeconomic status.
We maintain a strong commitment to helping enrich students’ understandings of diversity and empowering them to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice. We address diversity implicitly and explicitly through our curriculum and advocacy programs. What’s more, research shows that Jewish day school students enter the world with a confidence to engage with other people and places without losing their own heritage. At Mirowitz, students know who they are, and they emerge with an ability to draw strength from their colorful Jewish heritage, adding to the diversity of the world.
Mirowitz students develop a proficient knowledge of prayer, a love and respect for Israel, and the ability to read, write and speak Hebrew as a living language. Each of these subjects is artfully integrated into the core curriculum, allowing children to build authentic connections between Judaism and the world around them. For example, a Thanksgiving lesson about the Mayflower might include a discussion about the pilgrims in our own families who came for safety and religious freedom. A science lesson on the prairie biome might include a discussion of Torah and texts that direct human stewardship of the earth’s ecosystems.
Students study modern Hebrew for 45 minutes each day. Students engage in Judaic study four times each week, and morning t’fillot (services) connect the children to the stories, songs and values of our people.
Because of our small class sizes and our extensive Learning Support Team, learning at Mirowitz is differentiated and extensions are provided so that every student is challenged appropriately.
When a student demonstrates a learning need (be it additional help or an additional challenge), or when a parent requests further inquiry into a child’s learning, we gather a Care Team meeting. A Care Team includes every teacher who works with that student, as well as an administrator and our learning specialist. Together, they create a plan for that child’s success, and review it several times a year to evaluate its effectiveness.
We take our responsibility to provide optimal education support seriously. We have an extensive program that includes learning specialists, a speech/language pathologist, an occupational therapist, a math enrichment specialist and a counselor for social and emotional support. Every child benefits from their presence in the classroom…whether or not they have a Care Team plan.
Graduates emerge from Mirowitz prepared for success in the most demanding public and private academic environments. They begin secondary school with a love of learning, a level of Jewish self-assurance, strength of character and the ability to make wise decisions.
Recent Mirowitz alumni have matriculated to these High Schools:
- Clayton High School
- Crossroads College Preparatory School
- Ladue High School
- John Burroughs School
- Kirkwood High School
- Parkway High Schools
- Rockwood High Schools
- Thomas Jefferson School
- The Whitfield School
- University City High School
At Mirowitz, the world is our laboratory. Students learn about the political process by lobbying their elected officials, about the civil war at Lincoln’s boyhood home and about sustainability at Heifer International Farm. A unit on our local biome will include hikes in the prairie, restoration of the prairie, an overnight in the prairie and work growing a prairie at school. Students study geology in caves, head to the woodlands to study biotic and abiotic components, and visit streams to study erosion.
Beginning in third grade, students go on overnight adventure trips each year to allow for integration of science, history, Hebrew language and Judaics. Field work provides opportunities for discovery and for lifelong memories.
Mirowitz offers an optional school lunch program. Our chef prepares all of the meals from scratch using only locally sourced or organic foods — including vegetables that students have planted in a school garden. Hormone and antibiotic-free milk is served with every meal. Cheese is local and made from grass fed cow’s milk.
All food served as part of the school lunch program is prepared in a supervised kosher kitchen. Meat and dairy are served on different days.
Families can choose to order lunch from the school’s kosher, healthy lunch service, or they will be able to bring their own lunch or snack from home. All family choices will be honored in a dignified way…free of judgment and monitoring, and reflective of our commitment to respecting diverse family definitions of Jewish practice. Students will not bring pork, pork products, shellfish, or shellfish products to school. Parents are encouraged to consider not mixing meat and dairy in meals sent from home.