Cool School: Addlestone Hebrew Academy

Cool School: Addlestone Hebrew Academy (Image 1)

They are a unique school that serves students across the Lowcountry. Addlestone Hebrew Academy in West Ashley is our Cool School of the week.

Addlestone Hebrew Academy is Charleston’s only Jewish community day school, with students from across the Lowcountry. The school, comprised of students from both Jewish and other faiths has been around for nearly sixty years. They have 135 students from 18 months to 8th grade.

Addlestone takes pride in it’s dual curriculum of Judaic and general studies. Students are proficient in thee languages by the time they graduate. They start learning Hebrew as early as 18 months, and begin learning Spanish in sixth grade.

Addlestone has a family atmosphere, and they’re proud of their warm and nurturing environment. Principal Abby Levine says, “Addlestone is a Cool School because when we look around at our staff, our kids, and our families, and the excitement that they have and we look around at what our alumni have brought to the table, and the community, and what a positive influence they have, We know it’s a Cool School.” Seventh-grade-student Nathalie Delson says, “There are many cool things about this school. I think the most important cool thing about this school are the students. Everyone is welcomed here, and everyone will walk up to you if you’re new and introduce themselves, and instantly become your friend. I especially love the teachers here. They won’t mold you into something that you aren’t, but they will actually guide you in the way of what you want to be.” Teacher Candace Vanderstelt says, “Addlestone is a place where for the first time in my professional career, I want to be here everyday. I don’t want to miss a day, because I enjoy all the different interactions I have with our kids.” “My school is a Cool School because our teachers are awesome,” says

third-grade-student Emma Bluestein. Eighth-grade-student Aaron Levine says, “My school is a Cool School because it prepares you for life and the steps that lie ahead after Addlestone, after high school. It prepares you for what’s ahead.” First-grade-student Olivia Dewhirst says, “I like Ms. Jennifer because she lets us do bank, and at bank we save up a lot of fake money. You get paid it when you do good jobs in your journal, and at the end of bank, you can pay your money, and get stuff from the treasure chest you can get pencils and erasers and cool stuff for free.”

Addlestone offers mixed age programs. Students range in age from 18-months to 14-years-old. Older students have the opportunity to teach younger students.

Coming up Wednesday on News 2 Today, we’ll take a closer look at the unique programs offered at Addlestone, and why 2015 will be an exciting year for students, staff, and parents.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. send an email to octavia at, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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