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Founding: Sulam, established in 1998, is the only Jewish school in the Greater Washington, DC area for students with learning differences.
Our Mission: Sulam’s mission is to impart a strong Jewish identity and to ensure every child’s right to meaningful participation within the Jewish community. Sulam provides Jewish children with learning differences an individually designed program that reflects “best practice” within a Jewish day school environment. We aim to motivate all of our students to become life- long learners. We do this with love and encouragement. We provide expert support in order to fully actualize the potential of each child. Our goal is to help them become independent adults and contributing members of their communities.
Our Host Schools: Sulam, Inc. proudly collaborates with three host schools, in four locations. These schools are the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (MJBHA), the Torah School of Greater Washington (TSGW) and the Yeshiva of Greater Washington (YGW) Girls Divisions.
Sulam students enrich host school student communities by creating a heightened awareness and appreciation for individual differences. Sulam students, in turn, benefit from the challenges and social dynamic of being part of a larger population of students. They gain the confidence and the skills needed for proud participation in the school community.
At the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Sulam serves full time and supplemental (part-time) students in grades K-12.
At the Torah School of Greater Washington, Sulam serves full time students in grades K-6.
At the Yeshiva of Greater Washington Girls Division, Sulam operates programs for supplemental students in grades 7-12.
The brand new She’arim upper school program, featuring academic and life skills instruction, is located within the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, and opened in September 2011 with its first ninth grade class.
Our Students: Sulam supports students with a range of mild to moderate learning differences including, but not limited to:
- Specific learning disabilities
- Twice Exceptional (GT/LD)
- High functioning autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome
- Mild to moderate cognitive disabilities (eg. Down syndrome)