Ann and Nate Levine Academy began as Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, founded in 1979 by Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas. It continued as the day school of Shearith Israel until 1997. In November of that year, following a formal separation agreement, Solomon Schechter Academy acquired its own 501C3 status and became independent. In June of 2005, the school was renamed Ann and Nate Levine Academy, honoring the Levines’ generous support of the school and the Jewish community.
Levine Academy is an academically-oriented and values-focused school providing a nurturing Jewish environment emphasizing excellence in General Studies and Jewish Studies for students in Preschool (3 months) through 8th grade. Levine is an inclusive, dynamic community comprising the full spectrum of Jewish affiliations, the unaffiliated, many nationalities, and a diversity of socio-economic backgrounds.
Levine’s 8th graders have experienced exceptional success in being admitted to their top choice high schools. Over the past several years, Levine graduates have matriculated to the following schools: Yavneh Academy; Parish; Greenhill; Hockaday; Episcopal School of Dallas; Jesuit; St. Mark’s School of Texas; Booker T Washington; Ursuline Academy; Plano Academy; and several area ISD magnet schools in Plano, Dallas, Richardson, and others.
The campus is located on a 10.5-acre campus in Far North Dallas, at the southwest corner of Hillcrest and Frankford roads. The campus was originally enlarged in 2001 when a new facility was built for the Middle School, administration wing and Beit Aryeh synagogue/common area. In 2013, the original building, which housed our Early Childhood Center, was completely renovated, and included the addition of a Science and Discovery Center, an Early Childhood Library, a Home Sciences Center, in addition to new meeting spaces and offices.
The entire Levine campus now includes a large cafeteria and auditorium space, two gymnasiums, a music room, a large naturally lit art space, numerous tutorial and small group work spaces, four science labs, a beit midrash, a multi-purpose meeting and lecture room, an administrative conference room, a Makerspace, two libraries, and numerous classrooms, including double-sized classrooms for most of the grades from Kindergarten through 4th grade.
In the spring of 2018, the Middle School launched its first “21st Century Classroom,” a math classroom with flexible seating and work stations, including counter stools, café seating, floor cushions, wobble boards, and dry-erasable table tops, and a classroom layout and color scheme informed by research on student energy and engagement. Each year Levine will be expanding this new classroom style throughout its Middle School program.