AHA provides a warm, caring environment in which young children can safely grow and learn. We recognize and respect that children grow and develop skills and abilities on individual timetables. We believe it is the role of the educator to protect and nurture each child’s individuality and diversity.
We build a curriculum that balances the important skills taught in both General Studies and Judaic Studies. Framing our pedagogy with Reggio Emilia and Creative Curriculum, our educational environment offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that utilizes experiential education, a rich and differentiated learning environment, and a depth of understanding supporting children’s individualized learning pace.
We endeavor to provide a curriculum that reflects the culture and beliefs within the Jewish community and at the same time recognizes the importance of secular education. We are committed to the development of the whole child. Our school environment enriches and educates through meaningful learning experiences that foster the emergence of caring, autonomous individuals. The environment offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that consists of many hands-on activities, a rich learning environment, and flexibility that allows each child to develop at his/her own pace.
It is the educator’s role to be knowledgeable about each student and to design a program that recognizes and evaluates each child’s learning styles and abilities. A variety of learning choices are offered by using a center-based approach, teacher guided activities, and a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
The program recognizes the importance of parents being the first teachers of their children. Cooperation and communication are vital for a child’s overall success and well-being. Through ongoing communication, the implementation of parent education and involvement opportunities, the program seeks to strengthen and enrich the families and the community of the children that we serve.