School Life at Hillel
Our staff and faculty are committed to developing high-character students with a solid academic foundation. We believe that a well-rounded and faith-based education occurs both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why we strive to create a safe, nurturing, and enjoyable campus community for our students.
Each of our three divisions are housed in their own building, allowing each group to receive age-appropriate direction and guidance. Each building has its own classrooms, meeting facilities, and quiet independent study areas. A fourth building on campus houses the Hillel Academy library, which has more than 10,000 books and a special Holocaust collection.
At Hillel Academy, we also focus attention on character development in addition to academic development. One way in which our students build character is through community service. Hillel students have worked with a number of charitable organizations over the years, including Horses for the Handicapped, TJFS Food Bank, and the Larry King Cardiac Foundation.
Culture also plays an important role in student life at Hillel. From our earliest grade levels, we expose students to traditions, music, dance and prayer. Students take regular Judaic and Hebrew lessons to deepen their bond with Judaism and the land of Israel.
Outside of the classroom and prayer services, Hillel students have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, that range from the academic to the cultural to the athletic. Some of our popular extracurriculars include yearbook, student newspaper, student council, and a host of various sports teams.
Both our teachers and our students have access to the latest in education technology. Our teachers have smart boards in the classroom and can work with our IT director to fulfill any technological need that they may have. Starting in the fourth grade, we have a 1:1 student-to-laptop ratio, helping students access the best in technological capabilities.
We also offer many of the services and conveniences that you would find at any day school in the Tampa Bay area. We coordinate with local public school districts to provide busing services to our students. We have our lunches catered by a local Kosher kitchen. Students are also welcome to bring in their own lunches.
It’s important to us that both your student and your family feel welcome and embraced within the Hillel community. We often find that our families form tight bonds with each other that last well beyond a student’s graduation.