Moving Up to a New School?
Join us for a Fresh Start in Fourth or Fifth Grade
For many local school districts, students entering the fourth or fifth grade transition to a new school. 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 recently opened 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.
Fourth grade is a big year for students at EHS, as it is the year that they become 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 middle school students organize school wide events, serve 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.
Teaching children about their obligation to help support the community and help those who are in need is a school wide objective that is achieved through both grade level programming and school-wide initiatives. Compassion is one of the core values of EHS and this feeling is nurtured through various experiences. 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 three in the afternoon. EHS has a robust after-school program which offers options such as music lessons, sports, pottery, Israeli dance, and the ever-popular Destination Imagination program.