The philosophy of Epstein Hillel School is based on the belief that when the social and emotional needs of students are met, they perform better in the classroom. To that end, our primary focus is on creating a safe, encouraging environment in which students are comfortable challenging themselves and taking risks with the guidance of their teachers. Through a Jewish lens, we foster academic excellence and promote an environment of inquiry and reflection, kindness and empathy, as well as a deep and meaningful understanding of the world around us.
Expeditionary, or what is commonly called experiential, learning is central to our school’s belief in the importance of making students’ work both relevant to their lives and a gift to the greater community. Learning by doing gives students a realistic context that learning by listening cannot replicate. This helps develop the instinct, judgment, confidence, and independent thinking that assure the success of Hillel graduates in high school and beyond.