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Hillel Day School

Private | PK-8 | 550 students

Hillel's best known for its character education, technology, and dual curriculum
 
 

 

Living in Farmington Hills

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $125,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $970.

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Posted April 29, 2014

Hillel Day School Is a private Jewish Day School that is caring, super educational, and forward thinking. It teaches its students and staff alike to value outstanding education, to help people in the community,, and above all, to value each other'similarities and differences. The staff at Hillel seeks to educate everyone,with the firm premise that everyone can learn. Others who visit are impressed by the friendliness of teachers and students alike. They walk around and see students engaged in learning and not just listening to lectures. The students learn the meaning of their religion and how it affects their daily lives. Lifelong friends are made and good values are carried with them wherever they go. Hillel is making structural changes and could use a bigger library inventory and a garden for a student learning center. Being a private school, funds are not always plentiful. An outside gift would be so very welcome. We would love to have the help!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

This is a state of the art, amazing and progressive school. There is nothing close to it in the area!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 23, 2013

I have only been a Hillel Parent for 2 months now but I can already confidently say that we made the right choice sending our child to Hillel. It goes without saying that the academic aspect of the school is top notch with exceptional teachers (two in each classroom in fact) and small class sizes. But what I like the best is the way that Hillel focuses on developing the whole child. The result is a group of extremely confident, charismatic, passionate and overall exceptional students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Hillel Day School is an exceptional educational institution with incredible teachers that love their students and work hard to instill a love of learning and especially Jewish learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Hillel Day School provides a fantastic and safe enviornment for my child to receive a quality education and also learn how to be a good person. Hillel's approach to a combined judaic and general studies program enhances my child's learning experience. The small class sizes are amazing. Everyone at the school is so friendly, helpful and supportive. I would highly recommend Hillel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Our school exemplifies all that is good in learning and being part of a community. Skilled teachers and a caring administration create a 'home away from home' for our children every day. Learning in the context of a dual curriculum --- every day consists of both general studies and Judaic studies --- our children receive an education that is second to none. Teachers keep students interested and help them reach their maximum potential by engaging them in thoughtful and nurturing ways. Parents can volunteer in meaningful ways which contributes to families feeling connected to their school. Great beauty exists in our school, which houses preschoolers through middle-schoolers. Role models are formed, friendships are made, and new meaning is found in shared experiences. As a parent, Hillel Day School has provided many reasons for us to feel pride and joy in the accomplishments of our children. As students, our children enjoy a love of learning while also feeling passionate about making the world a better place. Choosing Hillel Day School represents one of the best decisions we've made on our parenting journey. Our family has been enriched in ways that will last a lifetime.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

If you want the best investment in your kids, send them to Hillel! Here is why in no order: 1. Most advanced collaborative teaching and planning. 2. CUTTING edge technology in all classrooms. 3. Small class sizes with 2 skilled teachers. (Not 1 teacher for 20 kids and maybe an assistant). 4. Fostering and maintaining a culture of doing the right thing- as part of Judaic and secular values. 5. Dual curriculums- Hebrew and English enhance and prepare our kids better than other schools who do just one. (Ample studies to support this claim). No school is perfect, however, Hillel is the only school where you can get a top notch academic and Jewish education while you watch your kids become better people. Show me a school oh there that can say they do ALL of this! Hillel is the best. PERIOD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Hillel Day School is warm, caring environment with excellent academics. Hillel's small class size, teacher to student ratio and devotion to advancing learning through technology can't be found at any other school. I never thought we would be so happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I'm constantly amazed at the lengths the administration and educators will go to assist each child in reaching his/her full potential. The ability to do differentiated learning in each classroom is a gift, and one that will help my children (and all of the other Hillel students) as they move onto inevitably larger and less personal schools for high school and college. We couldn't be happier at the school--it is progressive, open to criticism and suggestions, and a destination for academic excellence. If you have remotely thought about a Jewish day school education for your child(ren), please do yourself the favor of seeing it for yourself. Our children will forever be the beneficiary of the gift of a fabulous education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Hille's ECC preschool is the best around. My husband and I looked at every Jewish school in the area. After visiting Hillel, the decision was easy for us. The director is warm, kind, supportive, and knows the name of every single child in the ECC. You can tell the teachers love their job. My children are greeted each day by all the teachers, not just their own classroom teacher. They are thriving due to the strong academics and Jewish values. More importantly, my children love school and beg to go every day. We couldn't be happier with the preschool. There is something truly special about Hillel's ECC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

A school's measure of success shows in the faces of the children who attend. At Hillel, our daughter returns home happy and full of stories, having been engaged in learning from start to finish, and attended to by teachers who know how to differentiate learning within the classroom to help each student fulfill his or her potential. The leadership team is humble, thoughtful, always striving to improve academic and extracurricular offerings, parent satisfaction, and communications. All of this in an atmosphere of Yiddishkeit that provides the best Jewish and general education, side by side, in metro Detroit. If you want your child to develop a love of Israel, speak two languages from a young age, and discover their strengths and talents, while receiving a top-notch education full of warmth and friendships that last a lifetime, then Hillel Day School must be at the top of your list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2012

What an outstanding school. I knew to expect a good Judaic education, but never did I imagine how outstanding the general studies would be. My children do more in 1/2 a day than most children do in a full-day at other schools. The teachers are so supportive and encouraging and know my child! The school is so progressive and is on the cutting edge of technology - with a 1:1 tablet-PC program for 5-8 grade and all the lower grades receiving iPads. This school is truly about the whole child - academically, socially, moral, and ethically. My children have experienced a wonderful curriculum and have been challenged - whether it is in an accelerated math program, accelerated language arts, or high Hebrew classes. Additionally, they have enjoyed the sports program offering them opportunities to prove leadership outside of the classroom. I wouldn't choose any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

Happy I went, I got a good education, but the worst run school ever full of oblivious, unreasonable, and just flat out stupid administration.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 69%
African-American 0% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 6%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Hebrew
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • STEVE FREEDMAN
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Associations
  • NAIS
  • SSDSA
Fax number
  • (248) 851-5095

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hebrew
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Hillel’s values-based education and sense of community, combined with our outstanding curriculum in both general and Jewish studies, truly distinguish us from other schools. The solid moral and academic foundation that Hillel students gain prepares them for success in high school, college, and beyond. We challenge each student to reach their fullest potential and offer amazing enrichment opportunities. Our children leave Hillel with a good character they cannot develop elsewhere.
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
75
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
90
Students typically come from these schools
Various preschools
Various public schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Frankel Jewish Academy
Andover High School
Cranbrook
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32200 Middlebelt Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
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Phone: (248) 851-3220

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