New this year: Free Bus Service
Tampa, Fla. – Hillel Academy, providing an outstanding academic education in a safe environment for nearly 50 years, is registering students for the Fall semester.
Hillel Academy is the largest Jewish day school in the region, with an inspiring mission, and a reputation for having the finest faculty and facilities in central Florida.
This year, more students will be able to conveniently attend classes at Hillel Academy, as free bus service will be available for students to and from the school, to Westchase, South Tampa, Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Brandon.
“Our students are challenged to become the very best of themselves,” said Allison Oakes, Hillel Academy head of school.
Hillel Academy, for grades pre-school through eighth, is known for excellence in academics. Using objective standardized measures, Hillel Academy students consistently outperform peers in reading, writing, language, and mathematics. Students spiral through a social studies and science curriculum from primary through middle school ensuring skills in these disciplines are well honed for the transition into high school.
In addition, students, from the earliest of age, participate in a dual language program (Hebrew) and add yet a third language in middle school (Spanish), expanding their brain’s capacity. Unique to Hillel Academy is the knowledge and skill attainment of Judaism while also celebrating and observing holidays and Israel throughout the year.
Provided in a warm, secure and nurturing environment, the curriculum includes advanced and individualized learning, small class sizes, community, and Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel education, all within a Culture of Chesed (Kindness).
Through the Culture of Chesed (kindness), students explicitly learn about Jewish values such as kindness, righteousness, charity, truth, love, respect, honor, community, peace, and making the world a better place.
Putting those values into action, students leave their marks in the greater community by participating in a variety of social action activities.Students have worked with a number of charitable organizations such as Tampa Urban Benefit (TUB) Farms, Emmi Grace’s Angels, The Joshua House, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Jewish Family Services.
Hillel Academy also prides itself on the development of creative and physically fit students. Students participate in art and music classes, computer coding, MakerLab, robotics, and physical education. As part of the West Coast League, the majority of our middle school students also play sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, flag football) for our Hillel Heat. Knowing that fresh air and moving bodies promote better learning, students have one to two recesses a day.
Preparing students for the technological world in which they live is of extraordinary importance at Hillel Academy. Students use laptops and iPads sparingly in primary school and increase their use as they matriculate. Fourth grade students are given laptops and begin their formal education of technology with digital citizenship and learning the ins and outs of G-Suite.
In fifth grade, students learn to code. In sixth and seventh grades, students exercise their creative license by building anything they dream of in the Maker Lab. In eighth grade, students build robots and compete in a variety of challenges.
Finally, as they prepare to leave Hillel Academy for high school, students experience an incredible two-week travel and cultural experience in Israel.
Variable tuition and transportation ensure that Hillel Academy is accessible and its student body diverse. Hillel Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools and is a member of the Jewish day school network, PRIZMAH.