I have had 3 children attend this school. You will not find a more caring, nurturing environment. The quality of education they receive is directly related to the effort they expend. I know for a fact that those who have left this school complaining are the same parents who have been to several schools and are never satisfied or their children had disciplinary issues that they are not addressing at home. If you are an involved parent in your child's life than this school is guaranteed to instill the values and morals that will make you proud. Kids from this school are consistently accepted to top secular private schools and transition with no problems.
Our experience is that this school is not caring. The funny thing is they do everything to convince you they care about your children. We have not seen caring teachers who do everything to promote your child - as you would expect... after all, we pay a lot of money. But it's never enough for this school. The only thing they care about is that you give them more and more money. The principal is a distant man. There is too much "politics" and people are afraid to talk. Teachers are afraid to talk with parents. They treat parents as a professional hazard, not as partners. We expected warmth and loving community, and were very disappointed.
worst school ever. i sent my child here and he got an awful education untill we took him out in third grade and moved him to Vally Beth Shalom, where he graduated and went to Oakwood, both phenomenal places. at heschel they put him in the lowest math and reading groups, now hes in the highest in much harder schools. now at oakwood hes planning to go to brown college and is taking calculus and number theory and AP english
Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School is an exceptional school community. It has enthusiastic students, dedicated parents, and passionate, caring teachers. It offers a strong academic program along with a comprehensive program in the arts, music, technology, science and sports. Every child is known for their individual strengths at Heschel and parents and teachers work in partnership for the well being of each child.
This school has a great community feel. It is a developmental school, so each student is treated as an individual and teaching philosophy is geared toward this concept. The focus is NOT on standardized testing. I would disagree that the secular education is not strong. I have experience with some of the 'top' schools in the Valley (Harvard-Westlake and Buckley) and the secular academics are just as good, if not better. My son is doing such an advanced level of math, way beyond what I was doing at his age and I was in the advanced math group. The campus is very nice and the school has recently invested in a new science lab, advanced security doors and smart boards for the classrooms. There are also plenty of after school enrichment programs. One final comment, I have met some recent alumni and they seem like really great kids.