We are an inclusive Jewish school of inquiry and innovation where academics are important and character is paramount.


As remarkable as the academics are at TVT, we understand the importance of educating the whole child.  Character is paramount and equally important are the values that are being taught, the sense of pride that is instilled and the community culture that is nurtured. Integrated into every aspect of the TVT experience are core values:
Truth (Emet)  |  Respect (Kavod) Kindness (Chesed)  Repair the World (Tikkun Olam)  |  Justice (Tzedek)  |  Community (Klal Yisrael)

TVT Educational Philosophy

At TVT, we provide a college preparatory education rooted in our Jewish values of caring for the community, justice, kindness, respect, truth, and repairing the world (tikkun olam). We know that joyful learning today leads to meaningful achievements tomorrow, so to spark and kindle this joy, we are guided by our beliefs that:
  • positive student-teacher relationships are a source from which learning begins, and they provide models for healthy relationships going forward; 
  • good character is as important as strong intellect, so we interweave both, cultivating students' ethical values in concert with our academic program; 
  • educating students according to their individual needs and abilities allows them to flourish developmentally; 
  • setbacks, especially those born of educational risk-taking, are opportunities for growth; 
  • hands-on learning bridges the gap between theory and practice, motivating students to see the practical applications of their education and to become more self-directed learners; 
  • when students enter the decision-making process, they become more engaged and responsible citizens; 
  • service to others enhances our lives, engendering compassion and meaning, so our curriculum is imbued with service-learning opportunities; 
  • our community is strengthened when we partner with families who share our philosophy and who are committed to supporting their children's growth; 
  • Judaism means many things to our students and families, so we proudly celebrate it as a source of identity, values, spiritual meaning, intellectual discipline, tradition, and community.

Pluralism & Diversity

TVT believes that our differences make us stronger. We welcome families of all backgrounds and faiths who embrace our mission and share our values.

As an inclusive and pluralistic Jewish school, we are committed to ensuring that each family experiences a shared sense of belonging, so we foster an appreciation for differing backgrounds and beliefs. To do this, we devote time and resources to understand and celebrate these differences, and we teach the value of mutual respect, empathy, and compassion for others. In doing so, we create a culture of inclusion and advocacy that bolsters us against prejudice and intolerance. When we partner with all families, we build a more equitable community that inspires students to make the world a better place. 

TVT Curriculum Goals

While we acknowledge the future is uncertain, we are certain that successful people in the 21st century will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, will be skilled in thinking analytically, both in science/mathematics and in humanities, and will be effective collaborators.

Our curriculum is designed to develop students’ character so that they can integrate TVT’s core values of truth (emet), respect (kavod), kindness (hessed), repairing the world (tikkun olam), justice (tzedek), and community (klal Yisrael) in their daily life.
TVT Community Day School is a TK-12 Independent Community Day School in Irvine, CA
Founded in Loving Memory of Naomi Gelman Weiss