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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

  • Second Graders Journey Back to Medieval Times

    Posted February 24, 2015

    As part of their cultural and historical study of Medieval times and castles, second graders were treated to a special guest on Tuesday! Chainmail expert (and cousin to teacher Ruth Rosenthal) Harry Miller visited the second grade and began by explaining how chainmail—a type of armor consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh—was made and used during Medieval times. He then discussed the various uses in the 21st century: in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in the game Minecraft, and how even deep sea divers use chainmail to protect against sharks. It was then the second graders' turn to make chainmail; using pliers and aluminum rings, they followed step by step instructions and created their own...MORE PHOTOS

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  • Fifth Graders Become Environmental Journalists, Present Ocean Research

    Posted February 24, 2015

    Over the past few months, fifth grade students have become environmental journalists, researching and investigating the ocean: the landscape, its place in the water cycle, its variety of zones, its current movement, its contribution to our atmosphere, and its rich diversity of creatures. This study has taken our students to the Marin Science Institute, California Academy of Sciences, and the Sausalito Bay Model. Last week, the fifth graders became the teachers, educating the lower school and parents about issues and problems plaguing the ocean. Working in pairs, students created trifold posters explaining the issues, what is being done in the world to help the issue, and what they can do to help. New this year... MORE PHOTOS

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  • The Story of Creation Comes to Life for Second Graders

    Posted February 18, 2015

    As part of the Tal Am Hebrew and Judaic studies curriculum used in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades, second graders used Pixie—creativity software elementary students can use to share their learning through text, original artwork, voice, and images—on iPads to interpret and illustrate the story of creation from the Torah. Students took key sentences from the Torah, recorded themselves speaking those sentences, and then used Pixie to interpret what that day of creation looked like. Second graders also observed how God created the world and how they can apply those lessons to their own lives. For example, God spoke and was able to both create and destroy with those words; similarly, second graders learned to give a lot of thought to what they say, as it can both create and destroy. Integrating Judaic studies with technology provides another way for our second graders to learn the important story of creation.