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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

  • Eighth Graders Delve into 4 Essential Questions Through Reading and Writing Exercises

    Posted October 8, 2014

    In their English class, eighth graders are working on practicing close reading strategies as a way to interact more effectively with a variety of texts. To practice these strategies, our students have been reading Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. In class, Ms. Franklin reads selections aloud while students annotate their copies of the book, and they then share with one another salient passages. Students also complete double entry journals, a strategy designed to teach students the elements of a narrative and how this relates to the development of their own writing. As a tie-in, eighth graders have just completed a detailed process in the writing of personal narrative essays, inspired by the semi-autobiographical novel they are reading. Read on for more...

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  • Second Graders Take Their Learning Outside

    Posted October 7, 2014

    Although most of the core academics time of second grade takes place in room B14, this past week, second graders spent a lot of time learning on Swig Field. No…not just PE, recess, and lunchtime, but actual core academics.

    In science, second grades have been experimenting with balance, and learning about weights, counterweights, and balancing points. Swig Field provided a perfect science lab for our students as they focused on answering the questions, “How do you balance on one foot?” “Is it harder to balance on one foot or two feet?” and “Where is your balance point?”

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  • Middle School Students Ponder Life’s Mysteries

    Posted September 30, 2014

    How did our planet form, and why does it look the way it does? How does one define life scientifically, and how did it begin? When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? These are some of the questions facing our middle school science students. Sixth graders are exploring the yearlong theme of “The Active Earth,” a study of our planet’s ever-changing geologic processes. Students are examining the structure of the earth and understanding how the planet’s moving plates create conditions that have allowed life to take a foothold here. Seventh graders are focusing on “The Diversity of Life” by looking at cells and DNA. This exploration will serve as the basis for understanding genetics and life history on earth. And eighth graders are examining “The Magnificent Universe,” a unit that focuses on astronomy and builds on the seventh grade life science curriculum. Students look at the solar system pondering the idea of life beyond earth. The eighth graders created “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories about traveling through the universe, taking their classmates to amazing places-planets, galaxies, and even black holes! Come October 23rd you can find our eighth grade astronomers on Swig Field watching the partial solar eclipse that will be taking place just at the end of the school day.