From 10 faculty members, 40 students and three fields of study at the time of its founding, HACS has grown to more than 1,100 faculty, 18,000 students and over 350 course programs in 33 academic departments and 80 interdisciplinary research courses. One of the most important things we can do for students is not just teach them specific knowledge and skills, but help them match their interests to their career path, both professionally and as a lifelong learner.
At the Hebrew Academy Community School, we offer a hands-on, licensed, and developmentally appropriate program for children who will be 1, 2, 3, and 4 years old by the end of August. The Early Childhood/Preschool facility at HACS is bright, spacious, and centrally located. We have a magnificent early childhood/preschool playground area with opportunities and room to climb, run, throw, engage in fantasy play, and dig.
The most important skills students need to be successful are collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. We encourage students to nurture these essential skills. Our curriculum works to tap into adolescents’ innate ability to thrive when given choices in their learning. We strive to develop responsible, lifelong learners with a passion for exploration and values that will sustain them as they grow. The curriculum is stimulating, hands-on, and includes technology.
Middle School is a time children grow tremendously and push to gain more independence. They move from the concrete to more abstract thinking and start to question more. We aim to create a safety net around them to allow for experimentation, successes, and mistakes. We enable our students to make smart choices by giving them clear guidelines and expectations. Being respectful, prepared, productive, and always demonstrating best effort are major components of our classroom conduct goals. Our classroom experience encourages exploration, insight, and cooperation, as well as mastery of core skills and knowledge. Opportunities for school leadership and service are an integral part of our middle school experience.
Our classrooms are environments that nurture a love of learning and sets solid foundations. Discovery and questioning are an integral part of the curriculum, along with appropriate vocabulary and skills acquisition. Our curriculum is a STEM focused education, with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As a result, each student feels challenged, yet confident and responsible throughout the learning process. This means that instructional activities are designed to meet the needs of students with varying abilities and needs within the lens of STEM. Our students begin the year as dependent learners, and as developmentally appropriate, becomes independent learners during the course of the year.
Judaic Studies Curriculum
Hebrew Academy begins teaching Torah and Jewish values from infancy, with all curricula deriving from Torah values and narratives. Skills and concepts taught come from the central themes of Torah; Ahavas HaShem and Ahavas Yisroel (love of G-d and the Jewish people) and are evident daily in every class. As a child moves through the Hebrew Academy program, there is no doubt of the philosophy and core values of the school.
Students learn to read and write Hebrew and gain a thorough knowledge of the siddur and how to use it, beginning each day with morning prayers. Chassidic philosophy and Tanya are infused throughout the Judaic curriculum, enabling student to become fluent in the intricacies of Chumash, Navi, Mishna and Gemarah, Halacha and Jewish History.
The academic calendar is imbued with exciting and engaging activities that reinforce the Judaic Curriculum and celebrate historic events in the Jewish world and Chabad movement, from Rosh Chodesh gatherings, Chumash Baseball, Brachos Bees, Mishnayos Campaigns and more. Tzvios Hashem and Hatomim programs encourage heightened self-awareness and commitment to middos and values that translate to positive social interactions and judgement throughout a student’s upbringing.
Hebrew Academy is very proud of its blended curriculum where Jewish themes are integrated into our rigorous General Studies curriculum, from STEM inspired electric Har Sinai mountains and menorahs to designing scale model Sukkot using different mediums to ensure stability. Our curriculum ensures that each student meets his/her potential starting with the fundamentals of Jewish knowledge. Our school is always filled with excitement and inspiration!
The study of Navi is integral to the development of values within our students. The episodes recorded in Navi serve to enhance יראת שמים (awe of Heaven) and the topics that are covered should be addressed from this perspective. Therefore, the emphasis when learning Navi is on recognizing the Musar Haskel (practical lesson) of each incident, and learning from it.
Content goals include knowledge of the narrative of the Neviim Rishonim, and recognizing the differing functions between various types of Jewish leaders.
Skills goals include recognition of common terms and phrases, reference skills, and the ability to recall narrative in sequence.
Values goals include understanding and articulating practical applications from the personalities and events, connecting to positive character traits, and recognizing the hand of Hashem in Jewish events.
School Educational Philosophy
Opportunities must be provided for all Jewish children to receive excellence in Jewish and general studies education. Should a child require services not available at our school, we will guide the parents in identifying suitable placement.
A quality program must include a caring and nurturing environment in which children can flourish while discovering their strengths.
Students should be taught respect for all individuals regardless of background.
Students should be aware of their civic responsibilities and be prepared to become productive, committed members of their family, community and people.
In order for students to achieve the highest level of learning, they must be taught a love of learning and an understanding of the learning process.
The safe use of technology can greatly enhance one’s pursuit of knowledge.
Loyalty to Judaism cannot be separated from Jewish learning.
A well-rounded education goes beyond traditional classroom teaching and should expose children to the arts, physical wellness, and athletics.
The creation of the State of Israel is an important event in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of Israel and its institutions, we seek to instill in our students an attachment to Eretz Yisrael and its people as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare
Through professional instruction, the Torah can be made accessible in its original, unadulterated form to every child.
The teaching of ethical and moral values and the development of midos tovos (good character traits) are an important component of complete education.
Effective Jewish education is achieved by promoting spiritual and ritual observances. Special care is taken to instill an appreciation of the importance of being midakdek (punctilious) in halacha (Jewish law) and minhagim (custom).
It is important to appreciate what it means to be an American. Students should be aware of current events in their community and worldwide.
We believe that the students of the Hebrew Academy, through a well-balanced religious and general studies education, will be capable of functioning as dedicated men and women in the context of the American society emotionally, academically, socially and spiritually.
We strive to:
Teach students to study and comprehend material in a wide array of content areas. Teach students to develop self-responsibility. Teach children to respect their physical and personal environments.
Prepare students to achieve to their highest potential.
Instill in students an intellectual curiosity. Impart to our students the total Hebrew Academy philosophy