Although in principle, the name can be associated with a school exclusively for children of a certain religion and race, Couldn’t be further from the truth. If there is any value that defines Hebrew Public Charter Schools, above all, it is a national organization that Committed to diversity and teaching modern Hebrew to children of all backgrounds.
This charter school was inaugurated in 2009 in Brooklyn Community School District 22, which was the first seed of this network to serve. of nearly 700 students on its two campuses: a PreK-4 elementary and fifth through eighth grade middle school campus.
The Hebrew Language Academy Charter 2 (HLA2) provides students with the academic foundation to successfully pursue advanced studies and achieve continuous personal growth as ethical and informed global citizens.
To achieve this, HLA2 offers an academically rigorous PreK-5 curriculum that includes immersive instruction in Modern Hebrew.
“Our diverse student body will also develop a strong sense of social and civic responsibility, through the integration of service learning across the curriculum,” the institution promotes the postulates published on its website.
Recently, in 2022, Hebrew Public opened its classrooms in Staten Island, which is the newest in the network. Currently, this campus serves approx 100 students in kindergarten and first grade. The projection is that it will grow into a kindergarten through fifth grade school.
A “reward school”
This institution is recognized as a “Reward School” by New York State Department of Educationafter evaluating the academic growth of its students.
“Global citizenship education is a big part of the school system’s focus. It includes developing students’ communication skills, including world language learning, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Emphasis is also placed on empathy and emotional intelligence,” they said in their digital publications.
As the founders of the Hebrew Charter Public Schools emphasized They are open to students of all religions and backgrounds.
“We do not encourage or suppress any religious devotion. Hebrew is a language naturally associated with Judaism, but it is not inherently religious, in the same way that Greek is not the same as Greek Orthodox, Arabic is not naturally Muslim, “The Italian is not naturally Roman Catholic nor the English naturally Anglican.” stand up
The admission process
As reported Sasha Kogan, external relations manager of the institution, Throughout the year, tours are organized in each area of the school. These are guided tours for parents and representatives to get to know the campuses, resolve doubts about the pillars of this teaching model and observe classroom instruction.
Like all public charter schools, it is open to all, there are no special admission requirements or entrance exams. If there are more applicants than places available, students are accepted by lottery.
Currently, there are 11 campuses of this school model, from kindergarten to eighth grade, across the country. There are autonomous Hebrew schools in New York, East Brunswick, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, San Diego and Los Angeles.
These schools usually have an average of 25 students in each classroom. There are two teachers in integrated teaching classrooms and two teachers who teach modern Hebrew classes together.
All children are taught basic subjects of English language and literature mathematics, social studies and science, as well as Hebrew.
In addition to these subjects, students have regular physical education. Science, art and music are also important parts of the curriculum and the children receive regular instruction on these subjects during the week.