Special Services and Programs
In keeping with Hillel’s school mission, a range of special services and programs is offered to ensure all students attain their full potential. Individual students come to Hillel with different learning styles and abilities. It’s with this in mind that several program supports are in place, maximizing time and resources to meet each learner’s individual needs.
Hillel’s Learning Center provides Lower School students support in reading and mathematics and in Upper School helps students develop skills for studying, time management and organization. Small group tutorial classes also enable students to deepen their conceptual understanding of course content. Schoolwide, Learning Center teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to tailor instruction which meets students’ needs. The primary goal is to empower students with strategies to become more effective, independent and efficient learners. Learning Center assists advanced students as well as those who need assistance with basic skills.
Students may be referred for Learning Center support by their teachers or parents and then receive such support once a psycho-educational evaluation has been conducted by a licensed psychologist.
Hillel offers assistance in English language learning to those students whose primary language is not English. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are small group classes taught by a teacher certified in ESOL education. This teacher supports immersion language learning through instruction that targets the academic language that students find in textbooks, in the classroom and on academic tests.
Nativ is South Florida's first full-day program dedicated exclusively to children with dyslexia and related learning differences at a Jewish day school. The Hebrew word for path, Nativ is designed to remediate alternative learners in elementary grades. Nativ includes all aspects of Hillel's curriculum including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, Judaic Studies and Hebrew. It also emphasizes a structured, multi-sensory, language-based curriculum that benefits dyslexic students. By providing students with success and a supportive, individualized environment, every student is able to maximize his or her academic potential. Students learn compensatory strategies that eventually enable them to transition into traditional classroom settings full-time.
Nativ’s ultimate goal is to enhance students’ abilities to successfully participate in all Hillel classes independently. Admission to this program is based on a comprehensive recent psycho-educational evaluation. For more information about Nativ, Click here.
Hillel offers two classrooms to support Grade 6-7 students in their transition from the smaller class size and specialized instruction of Nativ to general education classes in Middle School. The self-contained classes have a maximum of 10 students and provide intensive academic support focused on individual learning needs. Curriculum and course content are the same as those in the Henrietta Scheck Middle School, but are enhanced with reading and study strategy instruction. Interactive whiteboards and laptop technology are used daily.
Kesher offers a variety of programming options for children on the Hillel campus. Students at Kesher range in diagnosis from Developmental Delays to ADD/ADHD, and mild to moderate learning disabilities. Curriculum for students enrolled in the school is specifically tailored to meet the individual needs of each learner.
Kesher offers 3 different models:
- Self-Contained Programming that directs lessons toward independent living and skill based learning
- Inclusion in which students are mainstreamed into the Hillel classrooms to receive an education with their Hillel peers. In the process, a Kesher professional provides students with necessary assistance in the regular education classroom
- Dual-Enrollment through which students receive assistance in a maximum of four academic subject areas
Regardless of the enrollment option, Kesher students receive the finest of individualized education programming in Judaic and Secular Studies.
Admission to Kesher is based on comprehensive recent psycho-educational testing and pre-enrollment interview with the educational director and the intake committee.
For information about Hillel’s special services, please contact Dr. Helen Chaset
(305.931.2831 x165 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Eileen Ginzburg (305.931.2831 x149 /email@example.com).
For information about Kesher, please contact Rabbi Ezra Levy, Ed.D. (305.792.7060 /
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Thabatta Mizrahi (305.792.7060 /email@example.com).