Fresh Start with EHS
Now accepting transfer student applications!
Your child has a place at Epstein Hillel School. EHS accepts transfer students in grades 1-8 at the start of the school year and— pending space in the class— all year round. New students and their families are immediately welcomed as part of the EHS community, and caring and attentive faculty and staff strive to make sure that every child feels at home at EHS.
Epstein Hillel School also recognizes that there is a unique opportunity for transfer students entering the fourth and fifth grades. This is a natural transition period, since many local school districts transfer to a new school in those grades. This is a time when developmentally, students are starting to understand themselves as learners. The dedicated, creative, and talented EHS faculty create dynamic lessons that keep students interested and engaged.
During what can often be a challenging time for tweens and teens, EHS provides a supportive environment where students explore new ideas, are encouraged to take risks, and come to understand themselves as learners and young leaders. Upon graduation, students are well prepared for high school and have established a strong Jewish identity.
EHS offers a rigorous curriculum which prepares students to be successful in high school. Alongside language arts, mathematics and social studies, all students learn engineering and computer programming skills in EHS’s state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Center. Students also are directly taught executive functioning strategies to help them develop organizational skills that will last them a lifetime.
In addition to academics, EHS spends time addressing students’ social emotional learning. Through Social Thinking in lower school and Restorative Circles in upper school, students learn to recognize the connection between behavior and one’s thoughts and feelings. They are taught strategies to recognize and modulate behavior as needed in different social settings. In older grades, students learn to advocate for themselves, while also maintaining healthy and productive communication with others.
EHS is extremely proud of the state-of-the-art Sulman Innovation Center which offers extensive hands-on STEM learning. With an articulated curriculum that is differentiated at each grade level, students are able to pursue new ideas, knowledge, and skills through exploring, designing, coding, tinkering, and building with a variety of tools, media, and resources, such as 3-D printers, laser/vinyl cutters, and robotics.
An EHS education cultivates a deep sense of pride and knowledge about Judaism, the Jewish people, and a strong connection to Israel. Whether studying Hebrew, discussing values related to sacred texts, engaging in tefillah (prayer), learning about Israel, or celebrating Jewish holidays, students graduate from EHS with excellent judgment, a strong moral compass, and the confidence and courage to speak articulately about their heritage.
Leadership is a quality EHS develops in all its students. In fourth grade, each EHS student becomes a big buddy to a younger student. They are the mentors, role models, and teachers for their assigned younger buddies who become their partners for many school activities. EHS upper school students take on even bigger leadership roles, organizing school-wide events, serving as Shabbat helpers, and lead the school’s daily morning meeting. As part of their Leadership Course, they research community needs, commit to their passions, and plan and participate in projects to support those passions. Students leave EHS with the understanding that they have a responsibility to step up as community leaders and the skills to give them the confidence to do so.
Compassion is one of the core values of EHS, and social action is an essential part of the EHS experience. Students deeply understand their obligation to help support the community and help those who are in need. This is achieved through both grade-level programming and school-wide initiatives. Once students move on to upper school at EHS, they work on grass-roots projects of their interest to help educate others and provide support to individuals in the local community. Students’ ability to see their project from inception to completion help to form and shape their identity as leaders and activists who can make a difference.
All students at EHS study Hebrew with the goal of being fluent readers and confident conversationalists upon graduation. Second language learning is known to develop neural pathways which help students achieve greater success in other subject areas such as problem-solving, critical thinking, memory, concentration, and mental flexibility. Transfer students are provided with both small group and individual tutoring to help them acclimate and integrate with their peers.
A student’s day doesn’t have to end at 3 PM. EHS has a robust after-school program which offers options such as Destination Imagination, songwriting, music lessons, soccer, lacrosse, pottery, chess, and more.