Principal’s Message

In the fall of 1997, a group of educators, parents, and community leaders dared to dream of a new and unique Jewish day school in downtown Toronto—a school that would offer an innovative multidisciplinary education which integrated Jewish and general studies and which embraced pluralism, welcomed diversity, and valued community.  Today, the reality exceeds the dream.  Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School enjoys an outstanding reputation throughout the city and holds a beloved and indispensible place in the life and culture of Toronto’s downtown Jewish community.

Our school’s reputation has been earned through the hard work and dedication of passionate and inspiring educators working in close collaboration with an engaged and deeply committed Board and parent body.  More than a school, Paul Penna DJDS is a community—a warm and vibrant community that is thoughtfully, energetically, and lovingly devoted to its children.  Children at Paul Penna DJDS enjoy a rich and caring environment where they are actively engaged in a variety of educational experiences that enable them to learn and grow—academically and personally—with joy, confidence, and a sense of well-being.  Together, we are working to ensure that our students always remember Paul Penna DJDS as a place where they felt truly valued as human beings and where they felt inspired to value others.

Thank you for visiting us online.  I invite you to learn more about Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School by exploring the rest of our website.  In addition, please feel free to contact me directly.  I am always glad to hear from current families as well as from newcomers who would like to know more about our school and community.