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645 14th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

(415) 752-7333
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February 04, 2015
I am a FORMER teacher. While the school administration means well, and accepts many (if not most) students on scholarship, the school itself was not financially viable when I taught there 5 years ago. Based on my more recent conversations with current or other former faculty members, I believe the situation has not changed. I'm shocked that they earned WASC accreditation, since WASC is so focused on financial stability! If you're considering sending your child there, bear these observations in mind: 1) The school's first priority is Israel, in both positive (Judaic education) and negative (political) ways. 2) The teachers who stay more than a year or two are extremely dedicated (they're NOT being paid regularly, or in some cases at all--really!). 3) Classes are very small; in the lower grades, grade levels are combined. 4) Most of the student body is made up of Russian immigrants. 5) Half of each day is devoted to Judaic studies (at all grade levels) and half is dedicated to traditional academic studies. There are optional after-school drama classes.

- submitted by a teacher

April 08, 2014
This school has an excellent staff. Unlike most schools where teachers do not get familiar with their students this school does. Some teachers stay after school just to help their students. I have sat in on a few different teachers, and they have great teachers. The education is a dual curriculum. They have Judaic studies as well as secular. To teach about the Judaic studies they have people from Israel come to San Francisco, and teach. These people who come from Israel are volunteers. Not only does the school have an amazing curriculum, but also to get closer to the Israeli teachers who not only teach you, but they also help you with life decisions, and become close to you as friends. These Israelis host a shabath meal were you stay in their house have a meal prepared by them, and you talk and have a nice time. The Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy is a safe environment in which bullying, and other things are not tolerated. Most of the students in the school are on scholarship, and from what I have heard from the students themselves is that they love the school, and it is a second home for them. You can see that it is a good school from all the people getting into great colleges.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2011
My wife and I are active in our synagogue and our son attends Hebrew school. So when it was time for him to go to kindergarten, we checked out the Hebrew Academy. Class sizes are small, which is great but the instructions seemed rigid. In conversation with the teacher who was giving me a tour I was told that 95% of the families are not practicing Jews. When I mentioned that my wife had converted at a Reformed synagogue she shook her head, tisked, and told us how our son would have to be re-circumcised! We don't believe in 'Poof you're a Jew'. Needless to say, I left. I found the intolerance inane and insufferable.

- submitted by a community member

January 22, 2008
The negatives:The school has a lot of potential but due to continued money issues, the school is on the decline. Some of the classrooms are not in good shape. It often can not pay teacher on time and therefore, often can not retain teachers for more than a year. Although the school prizes on Judaic studies, the reality is that for the past four or so years, hebrew and judaic studies have been taught by young men and women from Israel who have no professional training in being teachers. There is also no PTA in the school and the Dean discourages parent participation. This is one of the biggest downfalls of the school. The positives: The class sizes are small and many kids feel very comfortable there. The school produces high school graduates that attend some of the top universities in the country. The school has a great English/drama teacher.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2006
Safety, discipline, teachers qualities, principals and deans leadership male this school the best. I spent all my high school years there, for me it was more like a second home, and the teachers were my second parents. Discipline is on very high level, students respect all the taechers, and the students. Best drama club, art, a lot of fund raising, there is no need for parents involvement because the students are doing everything themselves along with their teachers. And have you seen their college attendance, 100% go to best colleges, become doctors, lawyers, you name it. Teachers are the best, they are our friends in all aspects. Highly recommend this school for jewish families. Very safe, clean, in the heart of san francisco.

- submitted by a student

March 15, 2006
This is great school with a lot of personal attention to each student due to small class size-about 8 kids in pk-2nd grade.Hot Lunch are provided by school. Teachers are very expierienced and cooperative. This school is for pk-12 grade wich eliminates future problems with high school admission procces.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2005
Small classes, individual attention. Great Drama program and teachers. Advanced Placement classes available.

- submitted by a student

May 10, 2005
The level of education is great, especially if you are looking to enrich your child's Jewish heritage, history, and religion. Teachers are amazing, and although the school can be pricey and challenging, it's notorious for making students into scholars.

- submitted by a student

September 11, 2003
I am not a parent but a former student. I am in the 11th grade. I left the school before high school. I would like to say that this school is not a good place to learn. When I went to 9th grade I was totally unprepared. I had supposedly taken algebra in 8th grade but I redid it in 9th and I knew almost nothing. The Jewish education there is pretty good but the school is very unprofessional. I'll say it again, if you want your child to get a good education and to be prepared for college go somewhere else. The teachers there don't care about the students and it's just an overall bad school. Academic wise to extracurricular activity wise.

- submitted by a community member
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Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy
645 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94118
(415) 752-7333
Last modified Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Lisa Kampner Hebrew Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top