Ann & Nate Levine Academy’s Middle School Program
Middle School at Levine Academy offers a rigorous academic program designed to foster academic excellence and meet individual needs, nurturing each student’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder. Students in fifth through eighth grade are encouraged to think creatively and challenge themselves and their peers to reach new levels of achievement. Our academic aim is to prepare each student to experience success in the most rigorous high school programs in Dallas.
The Middle School experience emphasizes individual development, self-responsibility, being a positive member of the school community and the community at large, as well as being an active participant in one’s own learning. Our outstanding teachers emphasize higher-order thinking skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
Outside the classroom, students have many opportunities to nurture their individual interests and unique abilities. Students may choose to develop leadership skills by participating in Student Congress, Student Ambassador Program, National Junior Honor Society, or Gabbai Club (a group that coordinates religious services). There are also many opportunities for participation in state, national, and worldwide competitions in the areas of language arts, current events, social studies, Hebrew language, writing, and math. Middle School students also have outstanding opportunities to experience their world through travel throughout Texas, to Washington, D.C., New York, and Israel.
Levine Academy Middle School students study Hebrew and Jewish studies subjects including Tefilah, Torah, Tanach, Mishna and Talmud, as well as Jewish History. The study of the Holocaust and the study of Israel are integrated throughout the curriculum. Jewish ethics and values, holidays and special commemorative days are learned through educational units and programming.
Beyond The Classroom
- Fifth Grade: Nature’s Classroom at Greene Family Camp (two days/one night)
- Sixth Grade: Historic Texas trip (four days) which ties into the study of government and Texas history
- Seventh Grade: Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA and New York (eight days)
- Eighth Grade: Israel Trip (two-and-a-half weeks)
Students participate in ropes challenge courses to learn teamwork, leadership skills, and focus on mind/body connections.
Middle School students may participate on a variety of after school sports teams:
5th/6th Grade Flag Football
5th/6th Grade Soccer Team
7th/8th Grade Soccer Team
5/6th Grade Girls Volleyball
7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball
5th/6th Grade Girls Basketball
7th/8th Grade Girls Basketball
5th/6th Grade Boys Basketball
7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball
MS Tennis, Boys and Girls
MS Track and Field, Boys and Girls
Based on the concept of Tikum Olam, "repairing our world," students participate in acts of tzedakah and gemilut hasadim(social action). When one goes beyond the obligation of mitzvah, we not only help others, but we also benefit from the good feelings we get. Community service and the practice of mitzvot are woven into every curriculum, starting with preschool.
Beck lower school students do not have community service requirements, but are encouraged either individually or as a class to fulfill the mitzvah of Tikum Olam.
Middle school students are required to perform a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year. Additional hours are recognized at the Middle School Awards Assembly. Students choose their own service projects, and in the past, have collected food, books, toys, bicycles, cell phones, diapers, blankets, and clothes for those in need.
A B'nai Mitzvah Program allows Levine Academy students entering the Bar/Bat Mitzvah years to contribute voluntarily to a special fund established by their class. Instead of Levine students giving gifts to each other in honor of their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, they join forces in sharing with those less fortunate by giving to a philanthropic fund. This has become a tradition at Levine Academy, inviting students to participate personally in Tikkun Olam, realizing the Jewish responsibility and obligation of tzedakah, bonding with each other, and learning about the real-life process of planning and allocation.
Since the B'nai Mitzvah Program was established, each sixth grade class has established its own fund, naming it, running it, and deciding on allocations. When the students reach eighth grade, they determine which agencies will receive funds after an allocation request process takes place. Monies are distributed to local, national, and international organizations.
- Student Congress - Not only do members of Student Congress help rally school spirit, they organize fundraisers for causes such as disaster relief, Israel, and Magon David Olam (Israeli Red Cross).
- Student Ambassadors - Selected seventh and eighth graders lead tours of the school for visitors and speak on behalf of the school.
- National Junior Honor Society - Open to selected seventh and eighth graders chosen on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. This group organizes such programs as Mitzvah Madness Day, a day in which all middle school students perform the mitzvah of feeding the hungry by assembling hundreds of lunches for children at Bea’s Kids and families at the Austin Street Shelter.
- Gabbai Club - Through this organization, students can take on a leadership role in middle school services.
Extended Day Program
The Extended Day Program is offered from 7:15 a.m. until the start of school, and resumes after school is dismissed until 6 p.m. Middle School students are invited to use the teacher-supervised Middle School Library to complete their homework from 4 to 5:30 p.m., or they may opt to participate in the Educare Program. Students may stay until 6 p.m., and will join the Beck Lower School students at 5:30 p.m.
The Educare Program offers students enrichment options during Extended Day, for an additional fee. Extracurricular activities and clubs such as Intramural Sports and Yearbook are offered to Middle School students.
Extended Day Hours
Afternoons Mon-Fri 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
There are days within the school year when classes are dismissed at 12 p.m. and the Extended Day Program may not be offered. Please refer to your school calendar for early dismissal dates.