The State of Israel

The creation of the State of Israel is one of the seminal events in Jewish history. Recognizing the significance of the State and it's national institutions, we seek to instill our students with a personal attachment to the State of Israel and it's people, as well as a sense of responsibility for their welfare.

The Dual Curriculum

The American Hebrew Academy offers a challenging dual curriculum based upon traditional college preparatory classes together with an enriched program of Jewish studies.

The value of learning in a dual curriculum environment is that, at the American Hebrew Academy, education is strengthened by Jewish values for learning, by respect accorded to the learning process, and by student adaptation to working continuously on concurrent strands of study. Graduates of the Academy commonly speak of the ease with which they are able to navigate college course loads after managing the work required in a Dual Curriculum.

Through a carefully chosen sequence of required courses and a variety of elective academic offerings, students are given a classic liberal arts and sciences education and a solid foundation for college.

The programs that shape the development of a teenager's Jewish education are built on the traditional Jewish model of Beit Midrash, learning Jewish text in pairs or small groups and applying these texts to the issues that face us as Jews in a contemporary world. The integration of the liberal arts and sciences and the program of Jewish learning is a unique feature of the Academy's academic program which includes a period of study in Israel.

Formal instruction, informal programming and experimental learning opportunities are combined to create a holistic educational experience in a Jewish community like no other.

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Dear Mom and Dad,

I will always be grateful to you for allowing me to attend the American Hebrew Academy. The Academy enhanced my understanding of Jewish life, prepared me for college, taught me to grow independently, and allowed me to live and learn with people from around the world. It totally enriched my life in ways I could not have imagined.

Love, Elayna
Cornell University '12
Harvard Law School '15

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