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randeis Hillel Day School offers an engaging, integrated and rigorous curriculum that includes a strong foundation in core academic disciplines: English - with an emphasis on writing, reading and public speaking - Hebrew, Spanish (in Middle School) mathematics, science, social studies and Judaic studies.

In addition, art, athletics, drama, music, technology and outdoor education are important components to enhance the development of our students’ hearts, minds and souls. Developing social and emotional skills are an important part of our program as well and play an important part in our school culture.

BHDS has an overall student-teacher ratio of 9:1; our low student to teacher ratio enables each child to reach his or her full potential. Our instructional philosophy reflects standards developed by the State of California, national teachers’ organizations and our own faculty. Brandeis Hillel’s faculty follow the best practices set by experience, a collaborative approach and the most recent findings in educational research.

Academic News

  • Fourth Graders Kick Off Yearlong Study of California with Birthday Party

    Posted September 9, 2014

    In honor of California’s birthday on September 9, 4th graders held a birthday party! As part of the celebration, students designed their own t-shirts to wear, choosing state symbols and using the computer application Comic Life to bring that symbol to life. To accompany the shirts, 4th graders wrote persuasive speeches to convince a tourist that their t-shirt is the best souvenir. Fourth graders also learned the state song, “I Love You, California,” and performed their interpretation of the song either individually or in small groups. No party would be complete without food and this party was no exception. Students brought in their favorite, healthy California snacks to share with the class at the conclusion of the celebration.

    This birthday celebration marks the beginning of the fourth graders' yearlong research on the history of the state with a focus on the people who have shaped California’s history.


  • Sixth Graders Learn the Order of Operations by Feeding Aliens!

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Sixth graders recently discovered the importance of following the order of operations in math by...feeding an alien. Students were asked to write down the steps to make a proper peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "They then worked with alien partners to actually create those 'edible' sandwiches using their steps…quite a messy endeavor, but quite delicious in the end…and definitely proving the point that it’s ALWAYS important to follow the correct order!" said math teacher Mrs. Freeman.

    Sixth graders will continue to hone their skills with order of operations and then move onto solving algebraic equations where the rules will then be reversed.


  • Gingerbread Hunt Helps Kindergarteners Explore BHDS Campus

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Kindergartners were extra enthusiastic on Tuesday! To become better acquainted with our campus, the kindergarten class went on an adventure to find the missing gingerbread boy and girl which their class made. Their teachers were supposed to be guarding the oven door but unbeknownst to them, the two gingerbread cookies jumped out of the oven and escaped, leaving clues to their whereabouts. The gingerbread hunt took the kindergarten class to the 1st grade classroom, the library, the big kid bathrooms, the computer lab, the music room, Dr. Sandel’s office, and the 3rd grade classroom. Turns out the gingerbread were hiding in the kindergarten classroom all along!

    Said kindergartener Luella M., “I had fun going to the big kid bathrooms and the computer room. It was really fun. I smelled the gingerbread man and said, ‘I wish I could eat this everyday!’”