As a proud Akiba parent, I can say that the school is thriving under the direction of a new head of school. In my experience, the students, teachers and staff have all benefited from this change. The students have seen the addition of new programs, like a 5th grade Lion King production in Hebrew, a new Physics garden, and two Israeli young women who are helping the kids learn about Israel. Myself and other parents also enjoy great events like the Casino Night fundraiser that benefits the school, and the weekly Shabbat service with our kids. The families that I know are all thrilled and excited about what the upcoming school year will bring. It’s been a great year making new friends at Akiba and feeling welcomed.
The school is having major issues. They brought in a new headmaster who is now in their second year. We have not seen the changes we expected. People are leaving by the masses. The school seems to be controlled by one or two families. They are not open to new ideas and changes. They would rather just let families like ours who have been there a while walk away and put their children somewhere else. New leadership as in the head of the school and also the entire school board need to be replaced.
From the moment you walk into Akiba, you feel warmth. We have been an Akiba family for 7 years now. I love that all three of my children love school. As an educator myself, I am proud that they are getting such a fulfilling education in both Judaics and General Studies. What is so amazing to me is how at such a young age, my children know who they are and are proud to be Jewish. We are not Modern Orthodox; however, we feel comfortable and just as part of the community as anyone else. What more could we ask for?
Akiba Academy is an excellent school with warm teachers in a welcoming community. Students at Akiba learn academic content in both general and Jewish studies and learn how to be kind, contributing members to their community and the world. What an amazing foundation for kids in preschool through 8th grade!
I have loved our experience at Akiba! We've been here for a decade, and have found it outstanding educationally and as a community. The teachers are warm and try to help each student meet their individual goals. The Jewish life is rich and welcoming. Jews from across the religious spectrum feel comfortable and embraced. It's rare to find a Modern Orthodox school that meets the needs of students from all backgrounds, but Akiba truly fulfills that goal. The teachers and administrators are approachable and really listen to concerns, and very much view their role as being "teammates" with the parents. I couldn't be happier!
The experience at Akiba is a very mixed one. The children are nice and kind and make friends easily. The administration is very unorganized and has no clue how to run a school. They speak numerous times on their website about how wonderful their curriculum is. When you ask them for copies of the curriculum or what is going on they will not give it to you. The teachers just sort of do their own thing. The new head of school they hired has no experience being the head of school much less a principal at a school before. She is clueless. They got rid of their robotics program midway through the year for a lack of funding. They are judgmental if you are not the same level of Jewish faith as the Rabbi at the school. The school is controlled and run pretty much by several families who controls what goes on. If you complain, the answer is just leave and go somewhere else and by the way we are not giving you your tuition back. When we experienced this they hired an attorney, one of their own, and he could not separate what is best from the child for what his on beliefs are. He has done harm to our child by his actions and so has the board and head of school. They are a bunch of bullies.
Great for individuals who are Modern Orthodox. Nice family involvement. Singapore Math is an interesting experiment. They like to pick and choose who they will help. Very expensive if paying full tuition.
School where your child better be good in Hebrew, have money live in the right area and know "Singapore Math"---Great ratio of student to teachers. They seem to try hard. Children dyslexic need not apply. "The cut backs" in help for any child with learning differences will be well known AFTER you pay your money. The website promise of "genuine, passionate, forward thinking, well balanced and centered" is just a good line for the money from the Jewish Federation. "The cut backs" and concern of a dual curriculum kicks in later---just make sure they know Singapore math--keep kosher,go to the right temple and are up to date with the Hebrew and your child should be fine. The assistant head of schools will ambush you with meetings later ---and then the fun begins.
If you want your child to grow up to be a 'mensch', send them to Akiba! If you want your child to grow up with the skills they need to fulfill their dreams, send them to Akiba! If you want to make lifelong friends for your child and yourself, come join our family!