Where our students are Empowered to Succeed and Lead
The academic program at de Toledo engages students in an educational journey designed to provide the skills needed to succeed and lead in the 21st century. Emphasizing relevant and rigorous standards, the dTHS academic journey is designed to help create a strong foundation for a meaningful life based upon eternal Jewish values and traditions, while incorporating the ideals of the Great American Experiment. de Toledo graduates emerge from four years of study with
intellectual acuity and curiosity, outstanding character and grit, and a deep sense of identity and purpose.
Each year, a student may choose electives dependent upon the level of challenge in the student’s core program. Some electives are rigorous academic courses, while others are less demanding in terms of out-of-class preparation. Still others need permission from the instructor prior to enrollment. Electives may be chosen from the following:
The Jewish Studies Department of de Toledo High School seeks to educate and empower students and community members to:
Claim Judaism as their own
Be literate Jews
Participate in meaningful community
Shape their moral character through Jewish values
In text classes, we ground discussion in classical Jewish Text–primarily the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), Mishnah, and Talmud. The language comes alive as we teach our students to look at these texts from many different angles, just as one captures the radiance of a diamond by looking at its many facets. Seeing a text or an issue from multiple perspectives makes for great students, great citizens, great connectors, and great leaders in every field and endeavor. Anchored in tradition and immersed in the present, Jewish Studies faculty guides our students in Holy Remembering and inspired action today.
In addition, de Toledo High School offers courses that center on core Jewish history and philosophy. In classes such as Shoah, Wisdom/Hokhma, Israel, and Jewish Philosophy, students engage with the enduring lessons that have emerged from the place of the Jewish people in the larger world, the harrowing passages and triumphs both. Each of these courses deepens understanding of foundational Jewish historical experiences with the aim of bringing vital insights to the present life of the Jewish community and the world beyond.
Students also have the opportunity to take experience-driven classes such as Jewish Spirituality, where encounters with and reflection upon Jewish living provide enduring wisdom and insight.
Through text, history, and experience, the Jewish Studies department empowers students to continue to live a life imbued with kedushah, holiness, purpose, and engagement with the world.
English 4 years Community Service 9th & 10th grade – 20 hours 11th grade – 26 hours 12th grade – 26 hours Hebrew 3 years (consecutively from year of enrollment), 4 recommended History 3.5 years, 4 recommended Jewish Civilization 2.5 years (includes 9th grade arts introduction, JCIV-Health, JCIV-approved VPA, and 1 semester of Shoah) Jewish Studies 4 years (including a semester of Wisdom/Israel 101) Mathematics 3 years, 4 recommended (including successful completion of Algebra 2, Algebra 2-Honors, or Intermediate Algebra) Physical Education 2 years or six points: to be completed by six sections of PE (1 point each), four sections of team sports (1.5 points each), or any combination that equals six points (recommended completion by the end of Junior Year) Science 3 years of core science (9-11), 4 recommended Drishat Shalom Portfolio 4 years including final draft and delivery Senior Capstone The Capstone is composed of an intensive internship, coupled with an innovative approach to educating second semester seniors through “adulting” seminars on topics of financial, sexual, social health, and wellness.
The program includes Monday through Thursday off-campus internship and mandatory Friday on-campus meetings, as well as an evaluation by teacher or mentor. It is a Pass/No Pass graduation requirement. Visual/Performing Arts 1 Year long course (this may be met with JCIV-approved VPA requirement)
Located in the San Fernando Valley portion of the City of Los Angeles in Northern Los Angeles County. de Toledo High School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Builders of Jewish Education (BJE,) and financially supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jim Joseph Foundation.