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Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy

Private | K-8 | 557 students


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Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014

Extremely disappointed. The administration doesn't respect parents at all. The people who work in the administration are the rudest people you could imagine. They also split classrooms by different nationalities. There is a huge discrimination in every way at Hillel. They consider applications differently according to different nationalities. The other bad reviews about Hillel are completely true. Choose another Jewish Day School, and DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND YOUR MONEY WITH HILLEL.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2014

As an Alumni of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, I can tell you that it was the worst experience I ever had. I was bullied in 6th grade by almost all the kids in the class. The administration didn't do anything about it. The teachers didn t either. Everyone was rude to my parents. Look for another Jewish Orthodox school because Hillel is REALLY BAD IN EVERY WAY.

Posted September 5, 2014

I should have listened to all the warnings. My child will certainly not attend this school.
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Posted September 4, 2014

Hillel is a school which is HUNGRY for money. The administration is VERY RUDE. The school is like a shop. They think that they are selling you a product. They don't care about the children and families. They just want MONEY. The administration as a whole is very rude to parents. They just respect you if you give them MONEY. Whenever a parent calls with a concern, they always say "They are in a meeting" so that they can avoid you altogether. This is a school which doesn't care about Jewish values. The head of school is never available to talk to parents who are concerned about any matter. They say " He is in a meeting." They only want very rich people because they just want MONEY but nobody knows where all that money goes to. My friend warned me about this school. He told me" Hillel is only about money." I should have listened to him, but I will look for an alternative Jewish Orthodox school because I don't want to deal with a rude administration which doesn't respect parents at all, and which only cares about MONEY. If I could, I would give Hillel ZERO stars. Very disappointed. DO NOT GO TO HILLEL.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2013

I have all three of my children in Hillel since mommy and me. My oldest is in Eight grade doing work above his grade. I have never encountered anything negative about the staff and the administration. When we were going through a hard time they were there to help our family through it. the whole school feels like a big family, and my kids truly enjoy going to school.
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Posted July 2, 2013

Hillel continues to provide a very child-centered program to my children. Both of my children are in elementary school and have become such good students because of the Singapore Math program and now Responsive Classroom techniques like Morning Meeting. They love their teachers and friends. They begin their day with a welcoming Morning Meeting and RUN to school EVERY day. Kudos to Mr. Tremblay who brought these excellent programs. He was an excellent role model for my two children and they adore him. Two thumbs up. And, the Torah studies...couldn't be better. The Hebrew program is strong.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 2, 2012

Nothing but a day-care center for middle school kids! They learn absolutely nothing in this school, all the school cares is money, the teachers don't care if your kid learn or not as long as the salary will keep on coming. What a disappointment and waist of time and money this school was!! Do yourself a favor; if you want your kid to lear, look for somewhere else. My other kids will not enter this so called "school", will look for other alternatives.
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Posted July 5, 2012

There are serious issues with administration, the way they handle just about everything. It's almost like they try to avoid parents' concerns. Once the sale is made, there is no customer service. Hillel is very big on advertising themselves and making appearance, they make you feel that your child will get some exceptional education, but nothing special in reality. Most importantly, school doesn't bring community together, b/c of lack of spiritual leadership.

Posted July 5, 2012

I completely agree with a negative review here. I should have listened to the warnings...
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Posted July 29, 2011

Very surprised at the negative rating of this school. I have heard nothing but good things. Tuition has increased, but so has costs as Hillel bring an even higher level of education than any other school in Los Angeles. Why else would the YULA high school have to have a SPECIAL program for Hebrew JUST for Hillel students who are more advanced than the other school in Los Angeles.
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Posted June 20, 2011

I was so disappointed in Hillel. The administration does not care about the kids at all. They raised the tuition while cutting down on quality, getting rid of good teachers in favor of younger, lower paid teachers, and reducing services all around. They run the school like a money making venture, not a Torah based Jewish day school. Very sad.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2010

Terrific school -- the children are happy, learning, and loving their teachers. The administration is cutting edge and innovative--words that don't usually describe an orthodox Jewish day school. The recently hired Principal, Mr. Tremblay, has already begun to make his mark bringing a high level math program to the school. We hear great things are just around the corner. We're so excited our entire family is at the school this year. Come aboard!
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Posted September 18, 2009

Great education for both females and males; interest in the arts, culturally diverse!!!!
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Posted December 27, 2007

Fabulous gifted program. The school is committed to providing appropriate education to each child.
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Posted February 21, 2006

It is a wonderful school where teachers really care about the kids. I think it is one of the best options in Los Angeles.
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Posted April 2, 2005

The early education program is wonderful and 'Morah Sandi' is the greatest. My son loves going to school.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 26%
Two or more races 16% 3%
Hispanic 4% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0% 11%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9120 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
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