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[December 10, 2013]

Arizona's Largest Jewish Day School to Relocate Campus in 2014

PHOENIX --(Business Wire)--

Pardes Jewish Day School, along with the Jewish Community Association (the Association), have formalized plans to relocate the school to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus, beginning with the fall 2014 semester. Pardes will join The Jewish Community Association and several other Jewish community organizations on the campus, including the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and the Bureau of Jewish Education.

"The ultimate decision to move the school onto the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus was based on the need to expand the enrollment capacity and bring our school closer to the center of the Valley's Jewish community," said Jill Kessler, Pardes Head of School. "We recognize the Association's critical role in enabling this exciting move to provide our students with expanded academic and extracurricular opportunities, and we couldn't be more thrilled at the opportunity."

Pardes will move into existing school space on the Campus, which formerly houed the King David School and Jess Schwartz Academy. The school site currently consists of 15 classrooms, administration offices, a large multipurpose room and sanctuary, and is adjacent to the expansive athletic fields of the Jewish Community Center (JCC). A joint fundraising campaign between Pardes and the Association has raised more than $2 million to fund new construction, beginning in spring 2014. Improvements will include eight new classrooms and a kosher kitchen, among other projects. The group will look to raise an additional $500,000 to complete construction and additional renovations in the coming year. The expansion allows for the enrollment of 275 students in 2014, while the school anticipates the move drawing up to 350 students in the future.


"The addition of Pardes further solidifies our Campus as the center of Valley Jewish life, adding a new level of energy and enthusiasm to the community. The Association looks forward to welcoming Pardes students and families very soon," said Stuart Wachs, President & CEO of the Association.

The move gives Pardes students unprecedented access to additional facilities, including the Bureau of Jewish Education's library and state-of-the-art sports venues provided by the JCC, including a competition-sized swimming pool, sports fields and a gymnasium, complete with two full-size basketball courts.

Pardes is selling the current campus located at 40th Street and Paradise Lane in north Phoenix, whereby proceeds will be used to pay off the existing loan.

ABOUT PARDES

Pardes Jewish Day School is an independent, coeducational day school committed to providing a dynamic learning environment for all students from grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1993, Pardes is celebrating its 20th year of academic excellence.


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