Meet the
Dean of Students


Dean of Students Dave Press has spent more than a decade working in the Jewish community, and has significant experience working with youth, teens and young adults in a variety of settings.

Mr. Press is thrilled to work at American Hebrew Academy: “I love observing the growth and development – both socially and intellectually – of adolescents, and I’m inspired by our students every day. I appreciate being surrounded by young people who are passionate about Judaism and who have chosen to be active participants in their own Jewish journeys.”

Residential Life

At the Academy, teenage life unfolds in a genuinely supportive Jewish community. Nobody sits on the sidelines. All our students know they have an important role to play. Respect, honesty, trust, and inclusion are at the core of everything we do.

We believe that an engaged teenager is an empowered teenager, and at the Academy, it's easy for students to get involved. Our Residential Life staff offer multifaceted mentoring, and a warm and nurturing home away from home.

The Academy's staff serve as guardians, guides, advisors and counselors for every student -- including day students.

No more than 20 students live in each student residence house. Each house is supervised by a House Team consisting of a House Parent, a Fellow, and a Madrich/Madricha (senior class student leader), all of whom reside in the house, as well as an Associate House Parent. The House Team members are fully employed faculty and staff of the Academy.

We feel like we're in a house. Our houseparents and our roommates have become our second family. Sunday morning brunch with our house is the best -- Student

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