Jewish Education Akiva School 809 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 356-1880 Fax: (615) 356-1850 www.akivanashville.net Uzi Yemin, board president Avigal Soreq, board treasurer Eileen Ruchman, board secretary Tony McLarty, executive director Daniella Pressner, principal Julie Fortune, director of admissions
kiva School is a highperforming K-6 academic institution, a leader among Jewish day schools in the South. Our mission is to pursue excellence, foster critical inquiry and inspire informed Jewish living. Akiva graduates are consistently accepted into the most selective private middle and high schools as well as public magnet schools, and they are recognized as leaders in both character and academics in their schools and in Nashville. The rigorous curricula in both general studies and Jewish studies challenges students to analyze, investigate, question and take risks. We ask students to apply what they’ve learned. During the 2016-17 school year, our curriculum centers on applied/project-based learning and includes strategies to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Many students graduate from Akiva with exceptional language skills
Akiva fifth and sixth graders received the Outstanding Community Partner Award in 2016 from the Nashville Food Project for their work helping prepare meals for those in need.
and are able to analyze and understand high-level texts in Hebrew as well as English. An Akiva education moves beyond the classroom, allowing students not only to learn about their Jewish and American identities but also to live them. Students learn about both American and Jewish history, culture, and current events in an environment that promotes love of learning, appreciation of our shared experience, and pride in one’s growing and changing identity. Akiva students participate in extracurricular activities such as after-school clubs and sports teams. Akiva also hosts Nashville’s annual Math Olympics, one of the city’s finest mid-
dle school math competitions. Our goal is that all families, regardless of affiliation, feel welcomed at Akiva. We take pride in the diversity of our student body and respect each family’s decisions regarding religious observance. We maintain smaller class sizes to provide a nurturing atmosphere that meets individual students’ needs. Teachers create strategies to enhance each child’s learning experience and are committed to ongoing professional development. Akiva is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information, call (615) 356-1880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. •
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Guide to Jewish Nashville 2017