Educational Philosophy

Our Educational Philosophy

Learning at Milken Community School happens everywhere and with intention--it happens in classrooms, on trips, at programs, at home, online and offline, and during activities. Learning at Milken is grounded in Jewish ideas, values, traditions and practices. Learning at Milken is personal and communal--it is both the realization of who we are and whose we are. Learning at Milken grows from an educational philosophy that applies to our entire community of learners--our students, our faculty, our parents, our alumni, and our leaders.  
Our educational philosophy is a commentary on our Portrait of the Graduate which is based on the categories of Think Well, Belong to Something Greater than Yourself, and Take Positive Action:

List of 7 items.

  • We believe in intellectual excellence grounded in ethical responsibility.

  • We believe powerful learning takes place in the ongoing balance between exploration, innovation and iteration and the finest traditional standards of educational excellence.

  • We believe teaching and learning must be intentional, scaffolded and focused on clearly articulated outcomes.

  • We believe integration of Jewish teachings and traditions deepens identity, inquiry, purpose and engagement.

  • We believe that learning is relational and communal.

  • We believe in knowing and honoring each unique and evolving learner.

  • We believe in a pluralistic learning community that supports and challenges learners, leads to personal growth and civic engagement.


-Ali Kriegsman '09, Author and Co-Founder/COO, Bulletin

I really felt like my truest self at Milken. I felt like I was able to explore all of my passions. 
At Milken Community School, we think education is more than what you know. Our School, founded on Jewish values, is about who our children can become and how they can help others become who they might be. Because the world our children will create tomorrow is born in the School we build today, our mission is to educate our children so they can surpass us.
Non-discrimination Policy: Milken Community School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, athletic, and other school-administered programs.