The American Hebrew Academy

The American Hebrew Academy was opened in 2001 to create a pluralistic learning and leadership environment for international Jewish high school students. The Academy is beautifully situated on a 100-acre campus, including a 22-acre lake. Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate architect, Aaron Green, created the master plan for the campus and building designs.

The Academy campus has 31 buildings including 16 dormitory houses, 35 residential staff apartments, and an 88,000 square feet, $18 million athletic center and natatorium. The athletic center includes two basketball courts, rock climbing walls, a racquetball court, an exercise gym, and an eight-lane pool. As of 2016, the American Hebrew Academy had the largest closed-loop geothermal exchange well field in the United States to heat and cool its campus.

After the American Hebrew Academy closed in 2019, the plans to reopen as AHA International School were ended in January 2021. The Board is continuing to consider options for relaunching as a day or as a boarding school in the future.

In 2021, the Academy was approached by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider using the campus for temporary housing for unaccompanied migrant children. At this time, the American Hebrew Academy has not reached any agreement with HHS or any other governmental agency, no specific proposal has been made, and no decision has been reached.

The Academy currently employs a limited staff to maintain the campus with no student body or academic program. The Board does not plan to reopen the school in 2021 and has yet to decide on a specific program offering.

For further information, contact Mark Guthrie: mguthrie@aha-net.org