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Abraham Joshua Heschel High School

Private | 9-12 | 273 students


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Posted November 25, 2013

Heschel seems like a great school for many children, but we should warn that based on our experience and that of others with whom we have spoken, Heschel really does not seem able to or interested in working with students with special needs, except those with very limited needs or those with families who are willing and able to provide one-on-one support out of pocket. We were disappointed with our experience, and we feel this is an area where klal yisrael really breaks down at Heschel. We feel that the inclusion of different learners could enrich the entire school community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2010

My son has been attending the Heschel Lower School for 4 years now. He has started in pre-K and is now graduating second grade. The school is a very unique Jewish school as it is open to jews of any denomination and/or degree of belief. The parent body forms a wonderful warm and supportive community. Families can keep (or not) Jewish heritage and traditions at their homes anyway they please, as long as they respect and adhere to some common denominator requirements while students are visiting - to offer respect and honor each and every child's way of practicing Jewdaism. The classes are a bit crowded for a private school but not overly so. Academics have been improving in the lower school since the new Principal has joined 2-3 years ago. Lower and Middle schools would consolidate with the High School in 3 years in a brand new Campus.

Posted February 24, 2009

Excellent school. We are very pleased. Our son did very well and had great friends at Heschel.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 27, 2005

Academic programs are good. Parent community and values taught at school are great. Sports facilities are limited.
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Posted July 9, 2005

Heschel is a top-notch school for the committed Jewish family, combining excellent academics with a sensitive and rich celebration of Jewish community and family life and religious observance.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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20 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 246-7717


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