Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy


School Philosphy

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Educating a child is a responsibility best shared between the home and school. The Hebrew Academy is a Jewish day school, which strives to provide an excellent academic and Jewish education. We endeavor to expose our children to an intensive appreciation of their religious and ethical responsibilities.

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

Our goal is to develop knowledgeable, independent, proud Jews who will contribute to their Jewish and general communities. We are guided by the Biblical injunction: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results:

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. . . are compassionate, respectful, and honest people.  We strive to become better people, and help others.

. . . are connected to the Jewish nation, aware of its history, and a part of its culture. We contribute to the well-being of our global community and the world as a whole.

3 . . . are critical thinkers who are conscious of our own actions. We are able to use reasoning to identify biases, inconsistencies, and falsehoods while remaining open to the possibility of new information or truths that are backed by evidence.

. . . are effective communicators capable of using language to articulate both feelings and ideas clearly, able to receive information and construe meaning, and skilled at exchanging information interpersonally.

. . . take responsibility for our learning.  We strive to fully acquire an excellent academic, Judaic, and physical education. We have an inner appreciation and sense of excitement about acquiring knowledge and skills, and the opportunities these knowledge and skills open to us, now, and for our futures.

The responsibility of accomplishing the school-wide standards is divided between the Judaic and secular staff, as follows.

Standards for Secular Course Expectations

  1.  All courses encourage and provide opportunities for demonstrating critical thought.

  2.  All courses encourage and provide opportunities for demonstrating effective written and verbal communication.

  3.  All classes provide for study opportunities beyond lecture, reading text, and taking tests. These opportunities may take forms including, but not limited to, debates, laboratories/tactile manipulations, group projects, field trips, creative presentations, and educational games.

  4.  All courses follow the California State Standards. Math and English follow the Common Core.

Standards for Judaic Course Expectations

  1.  All classes are designed with a mind toward cultivating compassionate, respectful, and honest people.

  2.  All classes are designed to encourage students to contribute to the well-being of their global community, and the world as a whole.

  3.  All classes are designed to help students discover their connection to the Jewish nation. This may take forms including but not limited to: instruction in Jewish history, prayer, Hebrew language, Jewish culture and thought, activities concerning the celebration of Jewish holidays, and involvement in Jewish cultural events.
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