The American Jewish Academy was founded in 1996 by Maurice Chico Sabbah and his wife, Zmira. In 1999, the founding family acquired 100 acres of forest with a lake in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2001, the American Hebrew Academy opened its doors to 77 students. They began training on a campus built on ecologically clean land using advanced technologies integrated into each class. Today, students, teachers enjoy modern classrooms, sports facilities, student dormitories and modern technologies in a caring, but strict academic environment with a rich Jewish culture, global perspectives.
The American Jewish Academy is the only international Jewish preparatory boarding school in the world, an elite educational institution with highly qualified teaching staff and professional staff.
The American Jewish Academy offers a curriculum based on the traditional High-School program, as well as additional courses in Judaism. The value of training in a double program is the adaptation of students to continuous work in parallel educational areas. Graduates note the ease with which they can navigate the workload of a college course after graduating from an academy. The integration of the standard course in the humanities, natural sciences, and the Hebrew language study program is a unique feature of the school’s academic program, which includes a period of study in Israel and has no analogues in any other school in the world.
The Academy offers 29 Advanced Placement courses in the following areas:
The Academy offers exceptional Jewish scholars the opportunity to obtain an honors diploma in Jewish studies as part of an innovative school curriculum. The main stage of the program includes the completion of an interdisciplinary research portfolio in Jewish studies, which combines elements of research, art, Hebrew, traditional text analysis.
Training includes internships at Guilford College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
International students may choose a one-year program. Students receive a certificate of completion of a part of the program or a full diploma if they enter the graduating class.
A student who has received a certificate of secondary education can enroll in the 13th grade of high school, the program of which will include courses ESOL, Advanced Placement of the university level. This program is very popular among foreign students who wish to study at a university in the USA, to undergo a serious program of studying English.
Admission to the semi-annual program for foreign students is available in accordance with the level of occupancy of classes. Students of short-term programs use all the facilities of the school, except for scholarships, financial assistance
87% of school students live in a boarding school permanently, as do 55% of teachers.
There are several student houses on campus. Students are accommodated by two people in the room, each room is equipped with wireless access to the network. Residences of 2500 square meters accommodate 18-22 people. The student houses have rest rooms, a kitchen, a laundry room, and large bathrooms.
Many teachers, consultants, coaches, program managers live in residences as mentors. They cook together, celebrate Shabbat, are ready to support each other, create a warm atmosphere away from home. Student residences are supervised by a team of curators, student leaders living in the house.
American Hebrew Academy invites students to take part in extra-curricular projects, sports, arts, traditional events of Jewish life. A partial list of school entertainment projects: a winter ski trip, a celebration of Shabbat in Times Square in C-Teen, an AIPAC conference in Washington, a visit to the Wet N 'Wild water park, and Carowinds amusement park.
Much attention is paid to additional courses in the field of fine arts:
The Academy offers classes in 15 sports:
Graduates of the American Hebrew Academy enter prestigious colleges, universities, and occupy leadership positions in business, medicine, law, finance, social services, and the Jewish community in the United States, Israel, and the world. 44% of the graduates of the boarding school reach the position of top management by mid-career.
The American Hebrew Academy is the world's largest campus, equipped with a geothermal heating and cooling system with a closed loop, a stunning 100-acre stretch on the lake in Greensboro.
All international students are enrolled in the ESOL program, which provides intensive English language instruction for students who are not native English speakers. ESOL opens up additional opportunities for cultural, historical, practical training, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the English language and American culture. The ESOL program is provided at no extra charge.
The Academy has first-class sports facilities - university-level grounds, a 88,000-square-foot sports center worth $ 18 million with climbing equipment and a swimming pool.
Sports facilities school:
The American Hebrew Academy library has collected collections of electronic, printed publications, allowing to receive time-tested texts and the latest informational publications. It totals 5000 units, continues to grow. Many texts are written in Hebrew, the collection includes copies of the Torah and other sacred texts. The library is subscribed to online resources that provide students with full texts of more than 8,000 periodicals.
Each student receives a tablet computer on which he can type, write by hand and draw, depending on the circumstances and inclinations. Each classroom is equipped with a SMART Board, a device for reading Elmo documents, a video camera and multimedia equipment.
Scientific laboratories offer advanced technologies that connect digital microscopes, various measuring instruments with students' computers for viewing, recording data, analyzing, mapping. Students, teachers use this technology for distance learning, teamwork on lessons, projects, tasks.
Cost of education:
The cost of training includes:
The Academy accepts applicants in accordance with the following criteria:
Each potential student fills out an online application, provides school transcripts, and references from teachers.
Additional links, other materials, portfolio, video, project results created by the applicant are welcome.
Pupils of the American Hebrew Academy annually receive scholarships from numerous funds for talented students, founded by Jewish families, scholars and foundations, as well as from funds that provide grants and support to gifted students of American schools.
The financial assistance program follows the guidelines of the School and Student Financial Aid Service (SSS) in Princeton, New Jersey, and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). This program is available to US and international students. The amounts awarded each year are set by the Board of Trustees, the Financial Assistance Committee. In addition to financial assistance, a limited number of scholarships are awarded based on merit and need. For parents who are rabbis or are employed in the Jewish community on an ongoing basis, a generous tuition discount of one third is provided. Various payment and financing plans allow families to get an education at the Academy.
Jewish community professional scholarships regularly awarded to students of the Academy:
|Language courses, schools and children's language camps||Primary and secondary education - private schools||Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education||Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA|
| - we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs) |
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
| - we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program, |
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
| - we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program, |
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively
| - recommended submission one year before the start of the program, |
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.