Prospective parents ask that question all the time. There are so many ways to answer it. I’ll start with the empirical evidence. National studies on day school graduates show that:
- Day school grads express an extraordinary sense of responsibility toward influencing social values, helping those in need and affecting social change. 100 percent of Mirowitz alumni parents surveyed say that Mirowitz prepared their child to be an advocate for others.
- Day school graduates are more resistant to social pressures that lead to risky behaviors than their public and private school peers. (Prizmah study)
- Jewish day school students are equipped with Jewish literacy and a proficient knowledge of prayer.
- We love that community rabbis rely on our graduates to teach their religious school classes, to lead youth services and to serve as youth ambassadors to their boards.
- Graduates of day schools are predisposed to use their leadership skills to strengthen Jewish communities. At a gathering of student leaders at Hillel foundation, 70 percent indicated that they had attended a Jewish day school. 100 percent of alumni parents surveyed say their Mirowitz graduates were involved in Jewish studies and community organizations during high school.
- Jewish day school students develop a profound commitment to Israel. Our alumni feel well informed, understand Israel’s complexities, and love Israel…even as they grapple with current affairs. (See alumna Tamar Lerner’s Op Ed in The Times of Israel.)
- As a Pluralistic day school, Mirowitz fosters a value of diversity and the ability to maintain relationships that both transcend and preserve the diversity of our community. At Mirowitz, all of that is combined with the highest quality of academics and daily discussions about living an ethical and just life.
And all of these studies are backed by testimonials like those below from parents of our alumni who entered college this year.
What is our child’s greatest achievement? It’s that he is a kind, empathetic, knowledgeable and proactive young man, with a sense of responsibility for himself, his community and beyond. Our Jewish Day School was a partner in strengthening these values. – Rachel
My daughter is confident and self assured, and I have no doubt that was fostered at Mirowitz. – Renee
My daughter knows who she is, and throughout high school, she did not let others opinions influence her to do things that did not align with her values. I feel she is a kinder, more thoughtful, and more self-assured person because she went to Mirowitz. – Jennifer
We hope you, too, feel the tangible and intangible benefits of your Mirowitz decision. (We’d love to hear about it. You can email me here.)