Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

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History, Mission & Vision:

The vision and mission of the school is to harbor and foster an environment where the students will a) understand the Rebbe’s vision of reaching every corner of the earth b) realize their responsibility for impacting their environment and the world around them and c) acquire the necessary tools, academically, emotionally, and socially, to complete this mission.

In 1988, Cheder Chabad, conducted Elementary School classes for Boys and Girls at its Waring Ave. West Hollywood adjacent campus.  At the time, enrollment consisted of one boys class and one girls class per grade level k-6.  The school was growing, one grade per annum.
At the time two things became obvious: a) there no longer was enough room at the Waring Ave. campus for two more classes and b) the girls needed an environment focused exclusively on their needs as young women, in which they could study, grow and flourish as Jewish Women.
Shortly after the passing of Rebbitzin Chaya Mushka, the Rebbe’s wife, Chabad acquired the School facility at 9017 W. Pico, dedicated the School to the Rebitzin’s memory and Bais Chaya Mushka (BCM) was born.

A basic tenet of Chabad Chassidic Philosophy is viewing our every act and experience as affecting the entire world at large.  As a result, “Out of the box” thinking is not only encouraged, it is imperative. 2)  Since the schools began small and expanded slowly, we have always operated as a “Committee of the Whole”.  That is to say, that as a new Administration came into being with each new division, the already established Administrations mentored, guided and provided vital insight into the “total” vision of the Schools fostering “seamless” transition from division to division.

This was particularly apparent in the planning, design and construction of our new facility at 9051 W. Pico Blvd.
Though the new facility was to be used exclusively for the Elementary School, Administrators, Principals, Teachers, Parents and Students from all three divisions participated in the planning and design of the building and Campus.  Everything from the size of the classrooms, to the amount of extra curricular rooms, to the design of the Play area was reviewed by the entire Committee and others beyond

While most construction projects are strictly in the domain of the Architects, Engineers, and Contractors it was recognized by all involved that for the school to benefit the students for whom it is being built, involvement of those who will come in the closest contact with the children is a must.
And so, as our teachers and Principals engaged in professional development, new ideas came up for things to be added to, or modified within, the new building.  As we expanded our curriculum, new tools and vehicles for delivering these concepts were incorporated.  In a relatively direct fashion, our involvement in the Focus on Learning process has driven the way we built our new School Facility.

 In May of 2004, BCM (k-5) and BR (6-8) moved from the old building at 9017 West Pico to the new facility at 9051.  Within a few days BC (9-12) moved from their extremely cramped quarters at 9041 to the old Elementary Facility at 9017.  Plans were immediately put in motion for the transformation of the old Elementary School Building into a modern High School. Construction on the High School campus began at the close of the school year, and while enough was done over the summer to allow the school year to start, there are still some aspects of the project under construction.
We learned during the construction of the new Elementary School, that patience and perfection was more important than speed and completion.  As a result, along with other factors, the completion of the new building took us almost 18 months longer than we initially anticipated.  During that time all levels had input and researched various other new Schools to be sure that what we were doing here was “cutting edge” and fit our students.

A famous Chassidic Idiom says “If good is good, then better is better”.  Since 1988 we have lived with this motto.  Today, we view as our greatest asset, the knowledge that as much as our school has grown since 1988, as successful and established as we are today, there is always more that we can, must and will do to make it even better.  The thought that there may be a child, in need of a Jewish Education, whose needs we can not meet, spurs us urgently to expand our programs until no child will be left behind.


 

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