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Los Angeles, CA
Students enrolled: 159
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910 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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(323) 930-9333
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October 04, 2009
Student empowerment and leadership development at it's best.

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August 23, 2009
Excellent School. The new head of shcool has really excelled in all he has done. Whatever the probelms were before this head of school, have either become much smaller or have gone totally. I am truly impressed by how the school has turned around for the better.

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July 12, 2009
I was very disappointed with the administration and the lack of discipline I saw throughout the school. The head of school has taken the warm atmosphere away and now it feels cold and unfriendly.

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May 25, 2009
If you like a school that is disorganized and chaotic this is the school for you. The discipline is very lax and most of the teachers dont care if the kids are supervised or not. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

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April 17, 2008
Great school, kids love it - warm and friendly - great education

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December 31, 2007
The administration has improved greatly in the past 6 months. The religious studies have become significantly more serious in the past 2 years. My daughter loves going to school everyday. Students have the opportunity to express themselves and get involved in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.

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March 15, 2007
With a few exceptions, the administration is generally weak and has many shortcomings. It is particularly disorganized. (The notable exceptions are in the college guidance counselor, and in the director of admissions, which are led by two excellent women.) However, my children (I'm on my 3rd) have thrived at the school. They have mostly had excellent teachers, and the student body is friendly, enthusiastic and extremely intelligent, but not snobby or cliquish. The 11th and 12th graders can take many high level courses that are as intellectually challenging as anything they will have in college level. They have some great opportunities for extracurricular activities, including a stand-out drama department. A group of motivated, intelligent students, combined with outstanding teachers, will overcome the disorganized administration.

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February 04, 2007
I have 2 boys at Shalhevet, my boys will sleep at school is possible, they are very happy and they wake up every day exited to go to school, I think that is a great sign. Overall the school is good, they have great teachers and great activities.

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November 01, 2006
remarkably well designed school with a tight, up beat community- School year includes many great field trips- Moral values are emphasized- Outreach into the greater community is part of the routine. Excellent AP program. We have had multiple kids in this school go through the elementary school, middle and high school. Although there are problems sometimes with personal friction between staff and students (no surprise - it is a School!) the place is a testament to what committed, visionary educators can do.

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October 13, 2004
This is a private school that has great difficulty working with students who show any individuality or intiative. My child and her friend organised an extra curricular project. The school initially rejected the children, who went on to organize and arrange for support on their own. Once the project was a public success the school claimed credit. There are many excellent teachers at the school who are hampered by a self serving administration that is oriented toward Shalhevet the school rather than the students who make up the school.

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Shalhevet was born out of a vision of Jewish educational innovation and the courage to make the vision a reality. From the outset, Shalhevet had a clear, unambiguous mission. The founders, Dr. Jerry Friedman and Steve Bailey, Ph.D., designed a school in which young Jewish boys and girls would receive a rigorous Modern Orthodox Judaic education concurrent with a challenging college preparatory curriculum, in a socially caring community, intentionally designed to have a positive impact on the moral development of its students. Graduates from such a school would be able to attend the finest universities and Yeshivot and live as ethical, observant Jews in a complex and pluralistic world. In 1992, Shalhevet opened its doors to an intrepid group of thirty boys and girls and the dream became a reality. Shalhevet was founded on the belief that the entire school experience ought to be the vehicle for moral growth and development. This goal was actualized through the establishment of a “Just Community.” In such a model community – pioneered by the late Harvard Professor Lawrence Kohlberg – justice, fairness and social concern are the standards against which every rule and decision is measured. Matters affecting the lives of faculty and students are discussed and resolved at weekly Town Hall Meetings in which the entire community - faculty, students and staff - participates. Matters involving conflict amongst members of the community are resolved by a Fairness Committee, composed of students elected by the community. Those who believe they are not being treated fairly by teachers or peers, and cannot resolve the issue, may ask for a hearing before the committee. Another key component of the model is student participation in moral dilemma discussions. In these sessions, sometimes at Town Hall meetings and sometimes within individual classrooms, students are confronted with moral dilemmas, some of which are hypothetical while others are drawn from current events or incidents at school. Students are asked to define the dilemma – the value-conflict between two or more equally compelling choices -- and consider how it may be resolved. At a subsequent session in the classroom, the dilemma is studied using Jewish sources and re-analyzed using Jewish ethical values. This is the Shalhevet community. On the one hand, it is similar to other Jewish schools in that students must confront and engage general studies and Judaic curricula that are demanding and rigorous. On the other hand, it is not like any traditional school. Educators at Shalhevet believe that learning and working in a “Just Community” teaches students to cherish personal ethics and justice and, when required, to set aside personal needs for the good of community. Intellectually, spiritually and morally we are making a systematic attempt to prepare our students to assume appropriate leadership roles and to live as observant, ethical Jews in their immediate community, and in the society at large. The faculty and staff are proud of Shalhevet’s success to date. Graduates return from college saying that they were well prepared for the academic and social demands of college life. They do well in their classes and they have become active in the local Jewish community. Equally gratifying are the memories of Shalhevet: the moral dilemmas, the debates at Town Hall and the lessons they have learned from them. Most important, they believe that as a result of their Shalhevet experience they are able to make reasoned ethical decisions, based on Jewish values, when faced with the many dilemmas posed by college life and beyond.

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Shalhevet High School
910 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90036
(323) 930-9333
Last modified Shalhevet High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Shalhevet High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top