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July 11, 2014  RSS feed

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Hillel Academy earns re-accreditation, registration open

Hillel Academy of Tampa’s 20-year streak of earning accreditation from the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) will continue, as school officials recently learned they have been re-accredited for another five years.

Hillel welcomed an accreditation team to the school for two days in March to assess the school’s entire program. Each FCIS school is held to a rigorous set of standards encompassing all aspects of campus life.

Only schools that successfully meet the FCIS standards, demonstrate financial stability, provide quality education and successfully undergo the evaluation visit are granted and retain membership in FCIS. Visits are conducted on a five-year evaluation cycle and are led by a committee of peer educators.

The Hillel staff and faculty worked diligently for six months to prepare for the visit. A 150-page self-study was written and the curriculum scope and sequence [to ensure each grade builds on what is taught in the grade before] was updated. All aspects of health and safety were reviewed.

The FCIS team circulated throughout the campus, visited classrooms and met with various constituent groups.

Following the review, Eileen Kanter, Hillel board of trustees, shared that “Hillel Academy received rave reviews.” Compliments by the evaluation team included “faculty and staff are outstanding educators in their fields of study. Our Head of School is passionate about Hillel. The progress in integrating technology is felt throughout the school. The team was amazed to see how well our faculty utilizes the open space concept in our buildings to engage learning,” Kanter said.

Hillel Academy underwent a renovation to its physical plant and infrastructure from 2010 through 2012 with the goal of accommodating additional students. There were 205 students enrolled at the end of the 2013-14 school year. The facility can handle up to 250 students.

The day school facility was designed to enhance project-based learning and small group teaching. All grade levels take advantage of both traditional classrooms and the open spaces throughout the campus.

Along with the FCIS, Hillel Academy is accredited by the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). The school is a member of the Jewish Community Day School Network and is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a Blue Ribbon School.

Hillel is accepting applications for students entering transitional kindergarten through the eighth grade for the 2014-5 school year. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug 19. Those interested in learning more about Hillel should contact the admissions department by calling (813) 963-2242.

The school offers morning bus service from North Pinellas County with bus stops at Temple Ahavat Shalom, Woodlands Square in Oldsmar, and Westchase. Bus service from South Tampa also will be offered for the 2014-15 school year.

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