Specialty Subjects

Important Facts about the Specialty Programs

  • Library
  • Computers
  • Art Studio
  • Science Laboratory
  • Physical Education and Athletic Program
  • Midos


  • The library is open for student and staff use from 8:30 until 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm on Friday.
  • Every effort is made to enhance the classroom curriculum through the usage of the library. The library is currently being reorganized to make it more user-friendly.


  • PHDS is fortunate to have a Computer Lab equipped with new computers and printers for every student.
  • In addition to the Computer Lab, many classrooms at PHDS is now equipped with at least one computer.
  • The school has introduced the use of Smart Boards in five of our Judaic and General Studies classrooms. The use of this technology offers a new, stimulating, and creative learning opportunity for our students.
  • Older students are encouraged to use computers for their research projects, while even our youngest students are introduced to the “basics” of how a computer works through age-appropriate and skill-building software programs.
  • In order to facilitate students’ ability to conduct sophisticated research, the school is wired to a filtered internet connection.

Art Studio Fine Arts

  • Art classes at Providence Hebrew Day School are conducted in the Art Studio and are designed to teach students about the particular influences and forces that have shaped major artists. Students learn to respond to these same stimuli by drawing upon their own experience.
  • Students in all grades work on still-life pencil art, shading, painting, watercolor, acrylic on canvas, and oil pastel shadings, using the appropriate supplies and materials.
  • Art activity and instruction are very frequently integrated with other aspects of the Providence Hebrew Day School curriculum. The most obvious opportunity for integration is the creation of artwork related to holidays and holiday seasons. Artwork is also utilized in social studies (particularly history) lessons, and even in coordination with math and science lessons.
  • As part of the curriculum, students are exposed to the styles of prominent artists, and they then create their own interpretations of those artists’ techniques.

Science Lab

  • Providence Hebrew Day School students have access to a fully equipped science laboratory. Experiments are conducted utilizing lab tables, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and other pertinent equipment.

Physical Education and Athletic Program

  • The physical education classes at Providence Hebrew Day School are geared to facilitate not only physical development but also leadership and inclusive sportsmanship skills.
  • All classesGrades Pre-K through 8 have two classes per week which are 30 to 45 minutes in duration.
  • The program involves a diversity of skill-building and sports activities. It de-emphasizes concepts of winning and losing in favor of a focus on skill, leadership and responsibility.
  • By 8th grade, students have participated and completed sports units and activities in softball, kickball, soccer, football, dodge ball, and volleyball.
  • The Physical Education program has access to the excellent indoor facilities of the Jewish Community Center and the outdoor facilities of Brown University.


  • The education of proper values and moral behavior is an integral part of the curriculum at Providence Hebrew Day School. We believe that Derech Eretz (proper respect) is a prerequisite for all learning.
  • Our teachers utilize stories of our great Sages and Rabbis to emphasize the development of good Midos (charachter traits) and values.
  • Lessons about acts of Chesed (kindness) begin in our Early Childhood program with such units as Hachnasas Orchim (welcoming guests) and Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick).
  • Our students are taught to rise whenever an adult enters the room.
  • Both our Judaic and General Studies staff model, recognize and