Our Mission and Vision

The mission of our school is to harbor and foster an environment where students will:

·        understand the Rebbe’s vision of reaching every corner of the earth

·         realize their responsibility for impacting their environment and the world around them

·         acquire the necessary tools—academically, emotionally, and socially—to complete this mission.

A basic tenet of Chabad’s Chassidic philosophy is viewing our every act and experience as affecting the entire world at large.  Accordingly, out-of-the-box thinking is not only encouraged, it is imperative.

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 cannot meet spurs us urgently to expand our programs until no child will be left behind.

 

School History

In 1988, Cheder Chabad held elementary school classes for boys and girls at its Waring Avenue, West Hollywood adjacent campus.  At the time, enrollment consisted of one boys’ class and one girls’ class per grade, levels k-6, and the school was growing one grade per annum. At that time, two things became obvious:

a) there wasn’t enough room at the Waring Avenue 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. The school was dedicated to the Rebbitzin’s memory, and  Bais Chaya Mushka (BCM) was born.

Since the schools began small and expanded slowly, we have always operated as a committee of the whole.  That is to say, 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 school’s fostering a seamless transition from division to division. This was particularly apparent in the planning, design and construction of our new facility at 9051 West Pico Boulevard. 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 extracurricular 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 architects, engineers, and contractors, it was recognized by all involved that for the school to benefit the students, for whom it was being built, involvement of those who will come in the closest contact with the children was 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 (grades 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 were 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, our school administrators of various positions had offered input and had researched a number other new schools to ensure that what we were doing here was cutting-edge and fit our students.