Cool School: Addlestone Hebrew Academy

Cool School: Addlestone Hebrew Academy (Image 1)

They’re a unique school that serves students across the Lowcountry.  Addlestone Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish Day School in the Charleston area.  We’re in West Ashley for our Cool School of the week.
Addlestone Hebrew Academy is an independent community Jewish Day School with 145 students, 18 months through 8th grade.  The day school provides an engaging and challenging education in general and Judaic studies.   Students are proficient in three languages by the time they graduate.   School leaders say  students achieve standards of excellence in a nurturing environment that embodies the richness of Jewish life.   Principal Abby Levine says,  “We’re a Cool School because we nurture our kids.  We nurture them to be strong learners both in general studies and Judaic studies, and we nurture them to be strong individuals.  We believe in making sure we’re concentrating on the individual child and what we’re really doing is focusing on STEAM education, which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and we try to put all those disciplines together so that we’re project base learning and so the kids when they’re learning have all those different elements incorporated into what they are doing, and they’re doing that in a jewish day school setting.  They’re doing it through a Jewish lens.”  School board chair Phyllis Katzen says, “Addlestone is a Cool School because of our family environment and our embracing technology for our children, helping them to step forward into the world being prepared for everything that will come their way.”   Seventh-grade-student Eli Leroy, “They have a fantastic family atmosphere.  Whether you’re in first grade, or 8th grade, I know who you are and you’re my friend.”

Coming up Wednesday on News 2 Today, we’ll take a closer look at the unique programs offered at Addlestone,  and why this coming school year  is an exciting time for students, staff, and parents..

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