Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy, a new co-educational Orthodox Jewish day school, plans to open its doors in September 2015, its executive director, Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin, announced.
Building off the success of the Gan Menachem Kiddie Korner Preschool in Brooklyn Heights, the academy will offer a comprehensive Jewish and general studies curriculum, supported by extra-curricular activities, arming students with the knowledge and skills to become life-long learners.
Under the auspices of Chabad Lubavitch of Brooklyn Heights, it will be the neighborhood’s first Hebrew day school.
“Now is an opportune time for a K-12 Jewish day school to grace the streets of Brooklyn Heights,” Rabbi Raskin said. “Investing in Jewish education ensures a Jewish future. We need to inspire the Jewish youth of today towards a committed Jewish life.”
With this in mind, the school’s curriculum takes a holistic integrated Torah perspective where secular units such as math and science are taught alongside Torah themes and content, to create a wholesome and unified worldview.
The school’s objective is to equip students with the necessary academic and life skills needed to confidently take their place in society, while at the same time instilling pride in their Jewish identity and a strong sense of purpose, he said.
“Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy will focus on the growth of the whole child, catering to the needs and abilities of each child,” Rabbi Raskin explained. “Teaching strategies will be employed to accommodate students’ individual needs, rates of development and learning styles. Class sizes will be kept small in order to reach a low student-teacher ratio and provide a more child-centered and personalized education.”
Enrollment is currently open for students at kindergarten level, with classes to grow with the students as the years progress. For further information bhja.org or call 718-596-4840 x18.