Educational research shows that students from K-8 schools have higher academic achievement as measured by both grade point averages and standardized test scores, especially in math.
Greater Participation & Leadership
K-8 students participate in more extracurricular activities, demonstrate greater leadership skills, and are less likely to be bullied than those following the traditional elementary/middle school track.
The K–8 model promotes community across grade levels because older students serve as role models and mentors for younger students. These cross-grade relationships are rewarding for both the younger and older students and build confidence and social skills. Rather than being “caught in the middle,” sixth/seventh/eighth grade students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a smaller community under the mentorship of nurturing teachers who have directly experienced students’ growth and maturity over time.
Increased Success, Responsibility & Happiness
The intimacy of the K–8 environment, and the delayed transition to a new school until students are more mature, result in increased success, responsibility, and happiness.
Epstein Hillel School (EHS) is the independent Jewish day school in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Est.1955 (most recently as Cohen Hillel Academy).