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

  • Peas and Beans Provide Real-World Example of Middle School Math Concepts

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Sixth and seventh grade math students have been using plants to learn and understand equations and the slopes of lines on a graph. Students planted two kinds of seeds (a pea and a bean) and drew lines on a graph that predicted the growth of each seed over time. Then, they plotted the actual growth to determine the rate of change and used that data to determine the equation that matches this growth. This project deepens our students' understanding of slope and provides a real world application of this concept. In addition, this plant and graph project exemplifies what our Brandeis Marin middle school math curriculum is all about: hard-core basics, project-based learning, real world math application, and problem solving. MORE PHOTOS

  • Middle School Art Students Hone Skills, Transform Images

    Posted April 2, 2015

    The seventh and eighth grade art elective allows students to choose what type of art they'd like to hone: contemporary collage or drawing. Contemporary collage teaches students how to "transform images and create meaning," says art teacher Lisa Levy. Students look through magazines, cutting out images that have meaning to them. They are then challenged to create something new with the collection of images. In a digital world, collage is a way to physically touch and create something outside of the day-to-day digital life. And collaging also involves recycling, making this a green project!

    Students who choose drawing are adding a self-portrait to their 7-year portfolio for this academic year. The self-potrait is an annual project beginning in first grade and demonstrates student growth from first to eighth grade. Through this portfolio project, the seventh and eighth graders are able to refine their drawing skills. MORE PHOTOS

  • Middle Schoolers Memorize Digits in Honor of Pi Day

    Posted March 17, 2015

    To celebrate Pi Day, middle school math teacher Lee Tempkin challenged the middle schoolers to memorize as many digits of pi as they could. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders competed against one another and class champions were named. On Monday, the first, second, and third place finishers in each class went head to head. Memorizing pi teaches the importance of perserverance and effort; it also helps teach students about chunking, a strategy for learning random sequences of things. Sixth grader Zev S. was crowned the champion (he successfully recited 91 digits of pi!), sixth grader Cali K. took second place, and eighth grader Sophie Y. rounded out the top 3. Following the competition, all middle schoolers enjoyed pies that were brought in to celebrate the day.

    "I love the idea that sixth graders can beat eighth graders, and middle school students can beat adults. [With a challenge like this] age is not a significant quality to have in any way; anyone can compete," says Mr. Tempkin. MORE PHOTOS