Please click on the questions below for their answers:
- What are the school hours?
- Are there after school activities?
- What is the average class size?
- Why should I choose Addlestone over a charter or public school in my neighborhood?
- We are concerned about diversity. How does AHA address that?
- Where do AHA graduates attend high school?
- Does a child starting at AHA in an older grade need to know Hebrew?
- Will my family feel comfortable with the level of Judaic practices?
- Will my child visit the school?
- Do you have a school lunch program?
- What is the policy about kosher food?
- Is Addlestone accredited?
What are the school hours?
Grades Kindergarten-8th 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday-Thursday, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Friday
*Tiny Tots (18 months) – EC4 EC-AM – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Early Drop (optional) – 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM EC-PM (optional) – 12:00 PM – 3:30 (M-Th) and 3:00 (F)
* Choose 2, 3 or 5 day schedule
Yes, we offer a wide array of after school programs for students in 1st-8th Grades each semester. Our programs provide opportunities for students to engage in physical activity, drama, yearbook, chorus, Talmud and more. AHA students from 18 months – 8th Grade can attend Lion’s Den, our after care program until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 4:30 PM on Fridays.
Our Early Childhood Program (EC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and SAIS and AdvancED. One of the many standards we follow is maintaining an ideal student-teacher ratio.
Our EC ratios are:
- Tiny Tots (18 months) – 4:1
- EC2 – 6:1
- EC3 – 8:1
- EC4 – 10:1
- KG – 12:1
Research reveals what teachers and parents intuitively know: class size does matter. Excellent student-teacher ratios lead to deeper, more meaningful learning experiences and higher student achievement. As a result, our teachers develop a strong relationship with each student and are able to build on their individual strengths..
It’s true that there is a cost associated with independent schools. Some parents feel they can’t afford to send their children. Parents who have chosen Addlestone feel they can’t afford NOT to.
Consider these facts:
- Independent schools maintain excellent student-teacher ratios, so students have opportunities to work individually with teachers and to be challenged to the level of their ability.
- Independent school students generally perform better than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests. At Addlestone, students routinely score above the 90th percentile on standardized tests when compared with students at public schools.
- Independent schools have more freedom in designing curriculum and instruction than their public school counterparts. At Addlestone, students typically exceed South Carolina standard by at least a grade level in all curricular areas.
- Jewish Day Schools maintain three basic tenets: the study and familiarity of Jewish texts, the study and use of Hebrew language, and a connection with the land and people of Israel.
- Between the ages of 5-13, a person’s value system and sense of religious identity are most fully developed. Studies show that day school graduates express an extraordinary sense of responsibility towards influencing social values, helping those in need and affecting social change. With nurturing and the advantages that come from being part of a community, Addlestone fosters the development of a firm Jewish identity and a strong moral compass.
Jewish Day Schools are diverse. Families at Addlestone include those of all Jewish observances and interfaith and non-Jewish households. Also, our students come from various socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities. We address diversity implicitly through our curriculum and advocacy programs. What’s more, research shows that Jewish Day School students enter the world with a confidence to engage with other people and places, comfortable with their own heritage.
Addlestone students are sought after by the finest high schools and Jewish boarding schools throughout the country. Since 2005 our alumni have been accepted to the following schools (this is a partial list):
Independent High Schools
- Ashley Hall
- Charleston Collegiate
- Porter Gaud
- The American Hebrew Academy, Greensboro, NC
- Cooper Yeshiva, Memphis, TN
- Fasman Yeshiva, Chicago, IL
- Margolin High School, Memphis, TN
- Maimonides School, Boston, MA
Public High Schools
- The Academic Magnet High School (ranked in the top 10 nationally)
- James Island Charter (International Baccalaureate program)
- School of the Arts (ranked 2nd in the state of SC)
We welcome children into the Addlestone community who have limited or no Hebrew language instruction. Although we often suggest a Hebrew language tutor initially, children typically do well learning to speak and read Hebrew. It’s not too late!
At Addlestone, Judaism’s traditions are celebrated every day with purpose and joy. We are here to provide students with knowledge and understanding and respect each family’s right to choose how Judaism is practiced at home. We fully respect the diversity of religious practice with the Charleston Jewish community and the unique customs of each congregation.
All children come for a visit as part of the application process. Children applying for Early Childhood (Tiny Tots – EC4) will be scheduled for a small playgroup session. Older children (applying into grades Kindergarten and up) will come for a partial or full day visit to an Addlestone classroom at their current grade level. Screenings and visits are scheduled once the application and application fee are received.
Addlestone exceeds the national school lunch program with respect to nutritional guidelines and style of food service. Nutrition and wellness are among our highest priorities
and we plan menus accordingly. Inclusive in this is the preparation of fresh fruit or vegetable daily, including an inviting salad bar. In addition, a hot entrée is served daily with an option of a sandwich prepared on wheat bread. As each student’s health is important, we strive to accommodate food allergies; please contact the Administration to discuss alternative preparations for your child’s food allergy. A doctor’s note about the food allergy is required to be handed in to the main office. The Addlestone lunch program and all classrooms are peanut sensitive. Soy butter sandwiches will be available. Questions can be directed to the school’s Cafeteria Coordinator or to the office.
Our kosher guidelines seek to create an environment where all of our families are comfortable eating together. In order to include all children and families in school-wide programs such as birthdays, holiday celebrations, or class events, food brought into the classrooms must be prepared in the school’s kitchen or have a Rabbinical kosher certification on the label. Addlestone is a Kosher Campus which is under the supervision of BSBI. Please contact the school office if you have any questions regarding kashrut.
Addlestone Hebrew Academy, founded in 1956, is one of the oldest Jewish Day Schools in the country. Addlestone is accredited by SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools), AdvancED, and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). We are a member of RAVSAK, the Jewish Community Day School Network, and SCISA (South Carolina Independent School Association).