Quick Facts

School Information:

Founded: 1961

Student body: 400 children, ages 15 months through eighth grade

Average class size: 15 students

Teacher/student ratio: 1:8

School Day:

Early Childhood Program: 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with early drop-off and extended day programs available

Lower School: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Upper School Grades 4-5: 8:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m.

Upper School Grades 6-8: 8:00 a.m.-3:10 p.m. Monday and Friday; 8:00 a.m.-4:05 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

November-February, Friday Dismissal: 2:00 p.m. for grades K-3 and 2:10 p.m. for grades 4-8

Extended Day: Available for all ages until 6:00 p.m. (earlier for grades K-8 on Fridays, November-March)

Educational Schedule:

Gan Shelanu offers a play-based program with both English and Hebrew-speaking certified early chlidhood specialists.

Kindergarten and Grade 1 students have one full-time teacher who incorporates Hebrew, Torah, Jewish holidays and customs within the school day.

In Grades 2-5, students spend half the day with the general studies teacher and half with the Judaic studies teacher.

In Grades 6-8, students are on a middle school schedule, where they change classrooms for each subject. 

Our Families:

Schechter families come from over two dozen cities and towns, including Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Framingham, Natick, Needham and Newton; hail from almost 30 different countries of origin; and, represent a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.


Schechter welcomes families from across the entire spectrum of Jewish observance and practice.

Member of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools 

Accredited by and member of the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)

Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Beneficiary agency of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)

Partner of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)

Official SSAT Test Center



"Everything I wanted for my children I found at Schechter. It’s a real community, a family.
The teachers know my kids and the education is inspiring and rigorous, incremental and age-appropriate." - Schechter parent

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Gan Shelanu
125 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-630-4535
E: info@ssdsboston.org
Shaller Campus - Lower School
Gosman Building
60 Stein Circle, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-964-7765 F: 617-964-8693
E: info@ssdsboston.org
Shoolman Campus – Upper School
Marcus Building
125 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
P: 617-928-9100 F: 617-928-9108
E: info@ssdsboston.org

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