Hillel named IB World School

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Organization has named The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School | The Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School an International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School. Hillel proudly embraces this news in its 40th anniversary year.

“As Florida’s first Jewish IB World School, Hillel is proud to serve as a model for our community,” said Rabbi Pinchos Hecht, Hillel’s Head of School. “This is an exciting accomplishment, demonstrating Hillel’s 21st century educational program, 18 months through college prep.”

After an intense multi-year application and review process, Hillel is proud to wear the IB World School name and to offer the Middle Years Programme to Grades 6-10. IB is a curriculum and approach that helps students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in our rapidly globalizing world.

“At Hillel, we’re preparing students to become global citizens rooted in Jewish identity; IB speaks directly to this mission,” Rabbi Hecht said.

IB describes its mission in a way that reflects Hillel’s own vision and values: “At our heart we are motivated by a mission to create a better world through education.” IB promotes intercultural understanding and respect as an essential part of life in the 21st century.

Buzz recently has surrounded Hillel’s rigorous academics, expansive extracurricular program, traditional Judaics and vibrant community. This year’s complete renovation of Early Childhood Education facilities, newly constructed Global Learning Lab and other enhancements have led the way for more in 2011-2012. In addition to being an IB World School, Hillel applies the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project to its Lower School and offers a Reggio- Emilia-inspired Early Childhood Education program.

“This success is the result of the dedication, talent and commitment shared by our Hillel students, faculty and parents,” said Hillel Principal Nick Hinrichsen. Along with Hinrichsen, the IB process was led by Immediate Past Head of School Dr. Adam Holden and IB Coordinator JoHannah Eklund.

“There is no better time to be a Hillel family,” Rabbi Hecht shared. “We have exciting additions in store for throughout next year. And that’s certainly being heard loud and clear with new families touring campus everyday.”

For information, call 305-931-2831 or visit hillel-nmb.org.

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