Our Dual Curriculum Engages and Empowers Students
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 proven.
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.
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 and is unmatched by any other school in the world.
Formal instruction, informal programming and experimental learning opportunities are combined to create a holistic educational experience in a Jewish community like no other.
“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
The American Hebrew Academy offers exceptional Jewish Studies students the opportunity to earn a Diploma with Distinction in Jewish Studies as part of the school’s innovative and challenging dual curriculum program.
Requirements for earning the special distinction in Jewish Studies by graduation include work building upon the four pillars of Hebrew language fluency, a strong Jewish Studies foundation, a competent set of skills appropriate for lifelong learners in Jewish Studies, and a documented record of academic work sufficient for recognition. The program capstone will include the completion of a multi-disciplinary Jewish Studies Portfolio during the senior year, which combines elements of research, art, Hebrew, and traditional textual analysis.
“Academy students don’t just accept someone else’s version of Judaism; rather they struggle, and listen and make sense of the world until the final experience is uniquely their own. Students earning the Jewish Studies Diploma with Distinction have actualized this idea of ownership. Across four disciplines – Art, Hebrew, Research, and Traditional Textual Analysis – they have achieved excellence and forged their Jewish identity.”
– Dean of Jewish Studies Rabbi Eliezer Sneiderman