Who We Are

The McGillis School: Inspiring and Preparing Our Community for a Lifetime of Creating a Better World

  • Our purpose is to create individuals committed and able to repair the world. This universal purpose, Tikun Olam, is one we share with all who seek to better our world and the lives of all people.
  • Our mission is to educate children and instill in our students a love of learning and the abilities to think critically, live ethically, and appreciate the value of each individual.
  • Our teaching and our community are grounded in the fundamental values found in the Jewish culture and shared by all who seek to better the world. We celebrate Jewish traditions and holidays and bring the values they represent to life in the ways we educate our children, build our community, govern our school, and utilize our resources.


We cultivate a community that is diverse, dynamic, and multifaceted. It includes students and faculty, our McGillis families and partners, and all who we impact. Our community is tended, cultivated, and constructed. We will always remain rooted in Jewish values and traditions, and yet, we are continually open to change that builds on our solid academic and ethical foundation. We believe that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to a rich educational experience that prepares our students to interact in an increasingly interconnected world.


We prepare our community of students to create a better world with a robust academic program grounded in values drawn from the Jewish tradition. A McGillis education shapes a community that is intellectually curious, educated, eager to explore the world, and well-practiced in doing so using a solid ethical framework. Our students understand and live these attributes, and leave McGillis prepared to serve as examples to others, effecting positive change in the world.


Our values compel our community to create the world we seek to live in. Our academic program prepares our students to accomplish that end. Whether repairing the world (Tikun Olam), generating new knowledge or artifacts, or creating organizations committed to promoting equality and justice, our students welcome the challenge and privilege of bettering the world and the lives of all people.


  • Learning for the Sake of Learning
    Learning for the Sake of Learning

    Limud L'shma

    Curiosity, experimentation, critical thinking, dialogue, and debate are the foundation of our vigorous, secular academic curriculum.

  • Acts of Doing Good & Kind Deeds
    Acts of Doing Good & Kind Deeds

    Gemilut Hasadim

    We are a diverse community, brought together by a commitment to raise and teach ethical, caring, and inquisitive children. By doing good and kind deeds we strengthen our bonds across our many traditions and differences.

  • Acts of Giving Freely to Others
    Acts of Giving Freely to Others


    Our children learn that giving is part of living, and that Tzedakah is core to ethical, active citizenship.

  • Respect for All People and Beliefs
    Respect for All People and Beliefs

    Derech Eretz

    Our desire to truly know and respect each other extends to our educational focus on the whole child, our curriculum's strength in ethics, world cultures and religions, and self expression through the arts.

  • Repairing the World
    Repairing the World

    Tikun Olam

    Our children explore the complex issues facing our neighborhood and the world beyond, and develop and undertake acts of service individually and as a community. Our commitment to environmental stewardship is premised on this value.

  • Our Community
    Our Community


    We value and nurture a strong and vital institution that informs, includes, and involves all members in our shared commitment to our purpose, mission, and values.


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Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity Matters

The McGillis School is built on the premise that diversity, equity, and inclusion matter. As a school founded on Jewish values, culture, and history, we understand how vital it is to hear, understand, and learn from those who have been marginalized. We believe a diverse, inclusive community is essential to a rich educational experience, and we support each person in our community to reach their full potential. Commitment to this work is crucial for the long-term viability and success of our School.  

Compelled by our purpose to create individuals committed and able to repair the world, our community endeavors to:  

  • honor each student’s individual story and experience
  • foster diversity of thought and an open exchange of ideas
  • empower students to meaningfully encounter difference nurture moral and intellectual growth
  • effect change in a dynamic, increasingly interconnected world.

We strive to recruit, retain, and support a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and board. Diversity matters.