History & Biography
Hausner is an independent K-8 Jewish day school, located in Palo Alto, CA. The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and project-based learning, providing a dynamic environment that encourages each child to flourish.
Since opening it’s doors in the fall of 1990, Hausner, previously Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School, holds the high standards of outstanding academics, a strong sense of community, and vibrant Jewish living at its core.
Hausner traces its roots back to a group of parents who gathered in a living room in the late 1980s. They founded Mid-Peninsula Jewish Community Day School to create a place where their children would have a strong academic program in a warm and supportive setting. They strove to create a place that was an accepting and pluralistic and egalitarian students could participate fully in Jewish and secular activities. In 2003, the school was renamed Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School after the Israeli jurist, Gideon Hausner.
With focus on critical-thinking skills, Hausner gives children the opportunity to joyfully become lifelong learners. Along with a strong general studies program, the students learn Hebrew, religious traditions and values, culminating their experience with an 8th grade trip to Israel.
Teaching to the whole child, Hausner focuses on social and emotional growth along with academic advancement. We also offer a wide-array of enrichment activities to suit myriad interests, from chess, to art, to championship sports teams. Our school, located in the heart of Silicon Valley school continues to prove its penchant for innovation through its technology, innovation, and maker programs.
At Hausner students excel academically, while experiencing joy in learning and discovery. Throughout its prolific history, the school looks to successfully continue on its mission of promoting academic excellence, community responsibility, and vibrant Jewish living.
GIDEON HAUSNER devoted his life to bringing the moral core of Judaism to the administration of justice in Israel. As Attorney General of Israel in the 1960s, he is best known for serving as Chief Prosecutor at the Adolf Eichmann trial. He served as a member of the Knesset from 1965 – 1967, as a minister in the cabinet from 1974 – 1977, and as President of the International Council of Yad Vashem from 1969 – 1989.
Related to members of our school community, Hausner promoted and encouraged the field of Holocaust education so the stories of many could be preserved and honored. We are proud to be associated with someone whose life was dedicated to Jewish values, justice, and education and a deep commitment to the State of Israel.