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- How would you describe the “value added” with a Levine Academy education?
- We don’t belong to a synagogue, and we are not observant. Will we fit in at the Levine Academy?
- Where do Levine graduates go after 8th grade, and how does the school help them get there?
- How do our graduates adjust/measure up to other ninth graders?
- How does Levine accommodate highly capable children?
- What math program do you use?
- How do Levine students score on the ERB’s?
- Do students need to be tutored for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
- Our family does not know Hebrew. Will this be a problem in assisting our children with their homework? Also, will you consider admitting my middle school child who has no Hebrew background?
- In what ways are the parents involved in the school?
- Is there a lunch program?
Levine Academy graduates are well prepared to compete with students at all schools, both public and private. Our outstanding secular education, with a curriculum that is continuously calibrated to be on par with the most rigorous high school programs, is enhanced by the analytical and critical thinking focus in our Judaic Studies. Moreover, at Levine Academy, citizenship and ethics are incorporated into what students learn and how they interact. With a Levine education, students experience both a solid and transformative foundation, strengthening their sense of identity, their habit of inquiry, and their use of imagination.
Yes. Levine Academy’s mission states up front that we are a “dynamic, inclusive Jewish day school,” meaning we embrace the full spectrum of Jewish families. Our family profile is diverse, with a full balance of unaffiliated Jews, Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox. Because we recognize and respect the broad spectrum of observance in our Jewish community, every type of observance is respected and acknowledged.
Those applying to private schools have been accepted to Greenhill School, The Hockaday School, St. Mark’s School of Texas, Episcopal School of Dallas, Lakehill Preparatory School, Parish Episcopal School, American Hebrew Academy and Yavneh Academy, among others. Those going to public schools are typically placed in honors programs and AP programs, or attend Magnet Schools and the International Baccalaureate Program in Plano. We hear from administrators and teachers of these schools that our graduates are sought because they are very well prepared and excel in their classes. To help our students get there, we have a comprehensive program for 8th graders called “High School Readiness” taught by several administrators and staff. Students learn interview skills, resume production, and essay writing. Levine’s leadership team presents its “Life After Levine” program to all 8th grade parents, designed to assist parents with the application process. The school’s counselor and admin leaders meet with all parents to help them navigate the entire 8th to 9th grade transition, from inquiry, to application, to matriculation.
Our graduates do very well in both public and private schools. High school administrators each year tell us our students are very well prepared in all areas. Our graduates know how to ask important questions, write reports, make presentations, think “out of the box,” and work as a member of a team. Our students typically take on leadership roles and remain involved in community service and in the Jewish community. They seldom have problems making new friends.
Levine teachers aim high in their instructional strategy, and all teachers are trained in addressing the range of learners in their classrooms, including highly capable children. Through flexible groupings, enriched curricular materials, differentiated teaching strategies, and learning support intervention, the Levine classroom is designed to make sure that all learners are being challenged at the appropriate level. Levine will created levelled sections in Hebrew instruction from 3rd grade and up. Also, math sections are created in the Middle School in ways to benefit each child’s needs. Language Arts and Science have established a high challenge, honors-level curriculum to best prepare all of our students for success in high school.
While our teachers draw from multiple sources to deliver the highest caliber math program, our core curriculum from K through 6th grade is the University of Chicago’s EM4 Math Program [Everyday Mathematics]. In 7th and 8th grades, our Algebra program is drawn from the Glencoe Series. The full math program focuses on higher order thinking skills, problem-solving, and critical thinking. All branches of mathematics, included in the Principles and Standards provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, are incorporated into the Levine math curriculum. To supplement the core texts used in the classrooms, the math experience at Levine includes several top-rated digital math curricular sources, such as TenMarks and IXL, to name just a few.
Regarding standardized testing, our Kindergarten through 4th grade students take the MAP tests each year (Measure of Academic Progress), which provides teachers with extensive and detailed information on student strengths and gaps across a broad spectrum of mathematical and language arts skills. 5th through 8th graders will take the ERB exams. Levine conducted a comprehensive study recently of its ERB results, comparing Levine students with the independent school norms. Analyzing 35 subtest scores (seven subtests across five grades), Levine’s composite scores exceeded the independent school norms at both the mid and upper stanine levels on 22 of the 35 subtests, and Levine’s composite scores on the remaining 13 subtests were exactly on par with the independent school norms. Each year, Levine analyzes its scores and adjusts its curriculum, in order to take advantage of the data for instructional improvement.
First, families do not have to know Hebrew as the homework is a review of the material learned by students in the classroom. The homework is given as a reinforcement of class work. As with all of our faculty, our Hebrew language staff makes itself available for assistance during the school day. Also, Levine is very flexible and open to accepting students into the upper grades who do not have Hebrew language experience; the Hebrew department makes provision for acclimating new students who don’t have a background with Hebrew. Our Hebrew faculty are very understanding and accommodating.