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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

  • First Graders Explore Crayfish Habitats at the Lawrence Hall of Science

    Posted April 10, 2014

    First graders visited the Lawrence Hall of Science this week to continue their ongoing science exploration of habitats. Students participated in an activity which emphasized the interrelationship between living things and the environment. At the pond, first graders went crayfishing, using poles and nets and waiting patiently for the crayfish to grab on. Following the activity (which first grader Noah B. describes below), the first grade class discussed the important elements of a habitat for crayfish - food, water, shelter, sun, oxygen and open space - and used their growing knowledge of habitats and animals to compare the animals' differences in size, color, and the hardness of their exoskeleton.

    "There was a stick with some squid on a clip. We did not use hooks. Then the crayfish bites down on the squid. Then the person holds the stick up. If they caught one, they would put it in the net in the other person's hands and then the person with the net would go put the crayfish in the bin with water. We caught nine crayfish. It was a lot of fun. We learned that crayfish can be out of water as long as it is wet," said first grader Noah B.


  • 8th Graders Create “Book Trailers” to Compel Viewers to Read the Book

    Posted March 18, 2014

    In English class, 8th grade students have been creating “book trailers,” the culminating project for their independent reading group. All year long, 8th graders have been reading powerful books and have explored the major themes and elements of each book through close reading and reflection. Applying those skills for their independent reading, students form reading groups, select a book to read, and maintain a double-entry journal in which they explore themes, plots, characterization, use of language and literary devices, as well as make predictions, draw conclusions, make comparisons, and record reactions and ideas. The “book trailers” allow 8th graders to demonstrate their knowledge of their chosen book by combining video, still images, voice over, text, and music. The books the students selected are The Fault in Our Stars (John Green), I Am Malala, Mazerunner (James Dashner), World War Z (Max Brooks), Isaac Asimov's Nightfall, The Selection (Kiera Cass), Feed (Mira Grant), and Stephen King's The Shining and The Mist.

  • First and Sixth Graders Study Local Habitats at Armory Creek

    Posted March 12, 2014

    First and sixth graders joined together this week for a field trip to Armory Creek, which runs behind BHDS in the Marin Open Space District. The two classes connected because of their similar studies on the enviroment – first graders are currently discussing habitats and the rainforest in their class, while the sixth grade is beginning an ecology and evolution unit based on the Galapagos...

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