A Look at Leo Baeck: South Campus
In 2012, The Leo Baeck South Campus moved from its former home at Holy Blossom Temple to 501 Arlington, a former TDSB Middle School. After undergoing a thorough and thoughtful redesign, our South Campus is now a spectacular learning environment for the midtown Toronto Jewish community.
Here are some of the unique features you’ll discover at our South Campus:
- Custom-designed building with an abundance of natural light and updated classrooms
- New private outdoor playground and sports court
- Beautiful new Chapel designed to host our students and families
- Modern science lab, large gym, music recording studio and library
- Steps from Cedarvale Ravine and Phil White Arena which offer outdoor learning and sports opportunities
Here’s a look inside Leo Baeck’s South Campus. Click to view a larger version of each image.
Considering Leo Baeck’s South Campus for your child or looking for more information?
Director of Admission
South Campus: 416.787.9899 x 224
North Campus: 905.709.3636 x 1224
Meet Our Interim Principal
Welcome to the South Campus of the Leo Baeck Day School!
Everything begins with the relationships we build with our students, their families and the broader community. The success of every one of our students is our core motivation. We want every child to graduate with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment. We will continue to teach and guide them to understand and love themselves, to care for others, and to think critically and creatively about the world around them and all its possibilities.
I am eager and excited to be returning for another year as your partner in this most sacred and meaningful work.
I would like to highlight two important school wide initiatives this year. The first will be to investigate and develop opportunities to further integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) into our program. Our other major initiative is to enhance the Health and Wellness curriculum beyond the Ontario Ministry of Education Health and Physical Education expectations. The Health and Wellness initiative will include investigating appropriate resources we can use as teaching tools as well as implementing our CARE Program that will teach the skills of mindfulness, resilience, and empathy as part of the social emotional education for our students.
We invite you to visit the South Campus to discover the many varied and exciting programs offered at Leo Baeck.
Rochelle Chester, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed.
South Campus Interim Principal
416.787.9899 x 301
Rochelle Chester's Bio
Rochelle Chester has worn many hats at The Leo Baeck Day School over two decades. She began her Leo Baeck career as a Grade 7 English teacher and has taught Grades 3-7. She served as Supervisor and Vice Principal to the South Campus in its early years and was the Lead Librarian for over a decade.
Rochelle holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature, a B.Ed., M.A. in History, M.Ed. in Theory and Policy Studies. She has her Principals Qualifications and is a Library Specialist. Rochelle is also a Jewish day school graduate and attended Hebrew University.
Throughout her educational career, Rochelle has been a passionate advocate for the power of nurturing relationships with students and staff. This guiding principle was forged in her early days as a camp supervisor. Her humour, warmth and joie de vivre are felt throughout the halls of Leo Baeck and in her bonds with the school community.
She is the proud mother of two children: her eldest son Ben is a Leo Baeck graduate and currently a CHAT student, and her younger son Ezra is entering Grade 6 at Leo Baeck.
A lifelong learner and ever curious, Rochelle dreams of someday pursuing studies in detective work.
Our senior educational administrative staff includes:
Adina Lubek, Vice Principal (JK-3)
Seth Goldsweig, Vice Principal (4-8)
Russell Ash, IB (MYP) Coordinator / Dean of Academic Development
Stacey Jacobs, Curriculum Coach (1-5)
Danielle Applebaum, Dean of Student Academics
Deborah Epstein-Franks, Dean of Students
Rabbi Noam Katz, Dean of Jewish Living
Lindsay Budd, Middle School Coordinator