Do you offer Tuition Assistance?

We are dedicated to helping every Jewish family find a way to pay for the exceptional education we provide at HDS. Families are encouraged to apply for tuition assistance. Support is available to walk you through our confidential process.

Do students enter the school in grades other than kindergarten? How do they assimilate into the school?

Students can enter at any level. Our students are experienced in welcoming new students into their learning communities. In order to ensure academic success, support for transitioning students is built in for both Hebrew and general studies. A new family is paired with a seasoned HDS family in order to aid in a smooth transition for the new family.

Where do your students go after HDS?

Most HDS graduates attend public and private schools in the Ann Arbor area. Families wishing to continue their children’s Day School education generally find commuter options in Metro Detroit. We follow our alumni carefully and find that the schools they attend value the leadership skills, academic capabilities, study habits, and ethical behavior that they learned at HDS.

What types of student support are available?

Our Student Success Team includes the school psychologist, Head of School or the Principal, a resource specialist, and the classroom teachers. The whole team meets regularly to discuss students’ needs. Hebrew and general studies resource teachers are available to support individual students and small groups in and out of the classroom. Additionally, our teachers differentiate instruction and offer a variety of teaching modalities to accommodate the variety of learners that makes up our student body.

Does the school offer classes in art, music and physical education?

Yes! Art, physical education and vocal and instrumental music, as well as technology and library are integral to the daily learning at our child-centered school. The whole child is nourished and the mind is stimulated through this balance of learning opportunities. They enrich the curriculum and are essential in meeting the needs of our students.

What if my family does not keep kosher or Shabbat?

Many of the guidelines at HDS are based on our inclusive philosophy; kashrut is no different. We want all families to feel welcome at HDS. We ask that families respect our recommendations so that all feel included. Our school is dairy only, and when food is shared it needs to have a hechsher (kosher symbol) on it and, if it needs preparation, be prepared in our own kitchen. Similarly, we ask that in respect of families who keep Shabbat, birthday parties be hosted on Sundays or during the week.

What is the religious background of HDS families?

As the only day school in Ann Arbor, HDS families represent all strands of Judaism. The school is affiliated with both Ravsak and the Solomon Schechter movement and our community-based school is welcoming to all Jews. Many of our families identify as Reform, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Secular, or in some other way, and we regard this diversity as a strength. Students learn to expect and embrace religious diversity, placing an emphasis on personal and family choices.

Do you have to be Jewish? What about diversity?

Diversity presents itself in many ways. HDS students are ethnically and socio-economically diverse. They are also religiously diverse: our students come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds and from households with one or two Jewish parents. We also believe that keen awareness of another kind of diversity is critical for successful education: our students display tremendous variety in the interests and in their styles of learning, and HDS seeks to nurture them in a way that makes a strength of those differences.

Why do you offer Hebrew in elementary school?

We offer bilingual elementary education at the optimal age for language acquisition. Our strong Hebrew foundation allows graduates to acquire additional languages more easily in middle and high school. HDS provides a support system for learning in Hebrew, regardless of a family’s prior familiarity with Hebrew. Hebrew proficiency enables access to traditional texts, liturgy, literature, and to modern Israel. With Hebrew competency in elementary school, we lay the foundation for educated and engaged Jewish adults.

What does the dual curriculum at HDS look like?

Half of each day is dedicated to Hebrew/Judaic studies and half is dedicated to general studies. Our general studies and Hebrew/Judaic studies programs complement each other. For example, writing mechanics are taught both in language arts and in Hebrew. Critical thinking skills are developed through deep Judaic text study as well as analysis of English literature.

The Hebrew portion of the day includes language instruction, Torah and text study, liturgy, Jewish values, and holiday customs and traditions. The general studies curriculum includes language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Additionally, special classes are integrated throughout the day. A healthy amount of recess and play is also incorporated into the schedule.