We're excited about our newest addition to HGA: Welcome to our new Middle School!
Physical, EMOTIONAL, ACADEMIC, and Social Growth
Our Middle School students will enjoy increased independence in learning, and a rigorous and meaningful dual curriculum that is appropriate for this age and phase of life. Because this is an age of accelerated growth and change, our faculty provides a stable and supportive base from which students can become increasingly independent. We believe in open communication, limit-setting, and lots of love. Our tefillah and formal and informal Jewish Studies programs supports the skills that students will need for b’nai mitzvah. Students transition from our Middle School to our High School ready to tackle new academic challenges and increased growth of their Jewish identity and knowledge.
Our Middle School curriculum is integrated, yet carefully tailored for each grade. Sixth and seventh graders transition to a Middle School environment by remaining in the same classroom with a lead teacher. The eighth graders “travel,” switching classrooms and teachers for each academic subject, giving them a taste of greater freedom and independence. Our eighth graders learn to be role models to younger students, and gain greater understanding of the importance of leadership within the context of a Jewish community. As students turn 13 and celebrate with each other as they become b’nai mitzvah, we celebrate this milestone along with them. We recognize the excitement and pressure of this year and work to help each student grow socially, emotionally, academically, and religiously. As our eighth graders join the rigors of High School, they accept more responsibility for their learning; yet, they also enjoy the freedom of more academic options — and they learn to choose wisely. In eighth grade, students are able to begin enrolling in Community College courses, such as Physical Education and Hebrew Language, among others, if they choose.