The secular academics are just average. Ignore the hype you'll hear from the administration. Most of the children are months behind their public school counterparts in many subjects including math. While most of the teachers are dedicated, they are compelled to cram in secular studies in just a few hours because nearly three hours a day are devoted to Hebrew and Judaics. If you don't mind hiring a tutor in addition to the high tuition, your child will be fine. Overall, this school has been a disappointment.
THA is probably slightly better than your average Arizona public school. (Arizona is ranked 47 or 48 in the nation). But for a private school, it's iffy. Science, PE, Art and Judiacs are good. But core subjects such as math and reading are mediocre. The campus is lovely. The administration and leadership are not always professional in their handling of issues regarding discipline or parental concerns.
Very good place to learn. Small class size and caring teachers. Safe campus. Excellent science program. My children are getting a great education!
Tucson Hebrew Academy received a national designation from the US department of education. My child's school is one of two schools in Tucson considered 'the best of the best'. It is! Where else in the world can my child consider his teachers part of the family? After having taught teachers in many classrooms in many top schools in the city I have never observed a more comprehensive program with top teachers in general studies, Judaics, a Canyon Ranch wellness program, dedicated teachers in art, music and science in a warm community atmosphere. We are so happy and grateful beyond words that our son is receiving the dream education in a nurturing and extremely diverse environment. After working in many schools I recommend that you look at this extremely rare find. What a treasure! You will be amazed by your child's intellect and compassion for others. THA nurtures body, mind and spirit.
This school has only average academics. It would be better if only they didn't spend 21/2 hours every day on Judaics, prayers and Hebrew. The math program is poor. Hopefully in 2005-2006, there will be improvement.
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