Marin

Overview

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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

  • Kindergarten Reenacts Alabama Bus Boycott

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Each year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday provides the kindergarten class with the opportunity to discuss diversity, freedom and equality. The students learn about the actions of Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and others who made a difference in the world by standing against injustice. To culminate their learning, the kindergarteners reenacted the Alabama Bus Boycott for their parents and lower school students. Following the play, the kindergarten class led a sing-a-long of freedom songs. This reenactment provides a great opportunity to share ideas about respect, mutual appreciation, and kindness for all people. MORE PHOTOS

  • Fifth Grade Leads Tefillah and Shares History of Their Families

    Posted January 21, 2015

    Today, fifth grade students led the entire Marin campus student body in a tefillah (prayer) service. Having prepared for this tefillah for weeks, the students introduced each prayer with kavanah (intention), explaining how the prayer connected to the theme of family. The Torah portion for this tefillah was “Bo,” which provided a perfect time-in to the theme of family. The fifth graders learned, and then demonstrated for the school community, that the Jewish people were all together when they fled Egypt (as told in Bo), and even though the Jewish people dispersed throughout the world through the centuries, we come back together as a community to rediscover our roots and ancestry of each family.

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  • Seventh Graders Focus on Gemilut Chasidim, Participate in Winter Coalition

    Posted January 13, 2015

    Last night, our 7th grade students served dinner to homeless men at Rodef Sholom as part of the Winter Coalition—a collaboration of churches and synagogues that provides a safe sleeping space and food for the homeless of Marin county from November to March. In addition to serving food, every student is challenged to learn two new names and find out two things about our guests.

    "The seventh graders spent the first semester learning and doing tzedakah, and learning how to allocate resources. This semester, the focus will be on gemilut chasidim (acts of loving kindness)," said Beverly Pinto, 7th grade Judaic studies teacher.