Special Services and Programs
A wide range of special services fulfills individual educational needs to empower students to excel to their full potential. Individual students come to Hillel with different learning styles and abilities. It’s with this in mind that we have put several program supports 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.
In-Class Support provides students with varying exceptionalities additional help in their core secular subjects. Special educators monitor mainstream courses and provide differentiated instruction as needed. In order provide individualized support, the program is capped for a low teacher to student ratio. Consideration for participation in the program requires a psycho-educational evaluation, as well as meeting stipulated academic requirements.
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.
Hillel offers two classrooms to support Grade 6-8 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 provides the finest Judaic and secular education for children with learning disabilities and developmental delays. Fully accredited by SACS and operating as an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), the school is unique in the Southeastern United States in including its students on a day school campus. It is the largest program of its kind in America. A Kesher education, geared to students' individual needs by a highly qualified staff, empowers students to reach their potentials and enables them to become full participants in the informed Jewish community and the future of Judaism.
From its beginning in 1995, when local administrators, teachers, psychologists and parents recognized the need for a Jewish special education program, Kesher has grown to a Grade 1-12 school of 75 students. Age and ability determine the placement of students in Kesher's 12 classrooms, which are hosted by Hillel.
Hillel provides Kesher students with mainstreaming opportunities, media centers and other resources, including library, cafeteria, and a school nurse, as well as physical education, art and music programs. Kesher students also take part in the celebration of Jewish holidays where they attend school with their siblings and neighbors, grade-wide field trips and special activities. Kesher's special education program offers:
3:1 student: teacher ratio
average class size of 8 students
head teachers and rabbis who hold degrees in special education
teaching methods and materials focused on each child's learning needs
individualized education plans, including parent/teacher conferences
day school mainstreaming and inclusion
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 your student’s Division Head, Mrs. Eileen Ginzburg (305.931.2831 x149 / ginzburg@eHillel.org) or Dr. Helen Chaset (305.931.2831 x165 / chaset@eHillel.org). For information about Kesher, please contact Thabatta Mizrahi, Director of Kesher (305.792.7060).