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e use the Hebrew curriculum NETA for middle school. NETA is a dynamic Hebrew language curriculum for students in middle and high school. The multidimensional program integrates the four major language acquisition skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing — by immersing students in everything from classical Hebrew texts to Israeli music, and from historical documents to poetry and drama.

Lessons are centered on themes of interest to teenagers, including computers, friendship, and freedom. Each theme is presented from three perspectives: Jewish tradition, modern Israeli culture, and general world knowledge. Art, science, mathematics, literature, and philosophy are included in the themes.

Each unit of study incorporates art, music, prose, poetry, news articles, and Jewish texts, in layers of language ranging from biblical Hebrew to current scientific Hebrew terminology and common colloquialisms. In this program, Hebrew is learned in its linguistic, cultural, and spiritual context, using Hebrew of all historical periods. Comprised of original texts in all genres, the curriculum is intellectually challenging, engaging the students' thought processes.

In middle school, students are grouped by ability, enabling new students to fit comfortably into our school community.


  • Seventh Graders Receive Hebrew Poetry Contest Recognition

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Four seventh graders in the Hebrew elective class—Mia M., Sarah M., Emma B., and Sydney T.— received certificates in recognition of participation in the RAVSAK Hebrew Poetry Contest, whose theme this year was "Delilah." RAVSAK (the Jewish Community Day School Network) is a national, New York-based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of pluralistic, nondenominational Jewish education...