Your Child Has a Place at Epstein Hillel School

EHS makes sure that every student who enters the school in any grade experiences a seamless transition, feels part of our community, and meets their potential academically.

Academics

EHS ensures that all students make a smooth transition academically to our rigorous program. Individualized attention is provided to support students with limited or no background in Hebrew language and Jewish Studies.

Community

  • New students are warmly welcomed into their grade level and benefit from the Social Thinking curriculum which is taught across grades. This program fosters students’ social emotional development and sense of belonging and community.
  • All families receive check-in calls from our administrative team in the first semester of every school year, and new families hear directly from the Head of School. This provides opportunities for every family to provide feedback, ask questions, and discuss any concerns. Lines of communication remain open and available to EHS families at all times.

Buddy Family

Each new EHS family is paired with a current EHS buddy family, chosen with careful consideration of students’ ages and interests. Buddy families help encourage connections and provide familiar faces to students and parents in a new environment.

August Orientation

New students are part of our summer orientation program, where they meet other students joining EHS, get an insider’s tour of our school, meet current students and faculty, and have time to get acclimated and ask questions before school begins.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Amy Gold

Head of School

agold@epsteinhillel.org

Rebecca Karen

Director of Enrollment & Community Outreach

rkaren@epsteinhillel.org

Experience Epstein Hillel School

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 dozens of options all year round for all grades. There are individual and team sports, performing and fine arts, games, and so much more. Learn more here.