at Berman Hebrew Academy Our Mission At Sulam, our team of special educators
provides every student in K-12 with a highly individualized educational programâ€”in a
unique combination of inclusion in general education classrooms and targeted
instructionâ€”to help ensure maximum learning potential for a lifetime.
Our Vision The vision of Sulam is to ensure that a high
quality education is available to every child in the Greater Washington area irrespective of learning differences.
At Sulam we believe:
+ Every student has the right to a
rigorous Jewish education alongside his/her peers.
+ Every student can be a contributing
member of the Jewish community and society at large.
+ Every student has strengths and wants to be successful.
+ Everyone benefits from an inclusive
classroom environment in which there are diverse learning styles.
Who We Serve
Sulam at Berman Hebrew Academy is located
Sulam at Berman Hebrew Academy supports
in Rockville, Maryland. We are a school within a
students with mild to moderate learning disabilities
school that specializes in supporting students in
including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gifted
Kindergarten through 12th grade within the general
and Talented Learning Disabled (GTLD), language-
education classrooms at the Berman
based disabilities, and social and emotional
challenges. Sulam students graduate from Berman with a high school diploma and continue on to two and four year colleges. They typically participate in a one year study abroad program after graduating.
Inclusion and Targeted Instruction Sulam and Berman have enjoyed a highly collaborative and successful partnership over the past 15 years. Sulam students are welcomed into the Berman general education classes where they learn alongside their peers. Our goal is to integrate our students completely, giving each student an equal advantage in academic, social and Judaic settings. The mutual philosophy of Sulam and Berman faculty is that we are a community of diverse learners, and the strong partnership between schools is at the core of our success. Sulam students access content across curricula with the support of instructional assistants, special educators, and therapists. Targeted instruction in English, math, science, and Judaics is provided to Sulam students as needed. Special educators employ strategies that support learners with a wide range of abilities. Students in need of reading or math remediation benefit from the expertise of the Sulam Reading Specialist
and Math Specialist.
Extra Curricular Activities
1. Contact Lianne Heller, Director of Sulam,
All Sulam students are encouraged to participate fully in all Berman extra curricular activities. Many have excelled in
to discuss whether Sulam may be the right
and physical therapy testing, and current
program for your child. Call 301-962-9400, ext
5207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
the arts, the Berman drama program, the Berman Beats â€” accapella group, and athletics. In addition, Sulam students
2. Schedule a time to meet with Lianne Heller to
are included in many extra curricular activities such as art,
discuss your child, tour the school, and learn
ceramics, photography, auto-mechanics, and health, sports,
more about Sulam.
3. Complete a Student Application Form and
Sulam Upper School students at Berman have participated
Scholarship Application (if warranted).
in the Mission to Israel, a two week trip in which all students
These will be provided at the preliminary
are given the opportunity to learn about Israel by visiting and
meeting with Lianne Heller. Alternatively, the
experiencing the land in person.
Social Skills and Counseling
A fully licensed clinical psychologist and a board certified
Sulam Upper School students who are diploma bound receive
behavior specialist are available to meet with students
a Berman Hebrew Academy Diploma with Sulam classes
individually and in small groups to address social, emotional,
noted. All Sulam students are required to take the appropriate
or behavioral challenges. Therapists provide and model
number of classes to graduate high school with a diploma.
consistent language and behavior to students and educators to facilitate the development of strong social skills
language evaluations, occupational therapy
Application Forms can be found on the Sulam website at http://www.sulam.org/applicationforms/. 4. Forward all relevant evaluations and documents to the school. These may include: Psycho-educational testing, speech and
5. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Sulam multi-disciplinary team to discuss possible placement for your child. 6. Provide permission to your childâ€™s current school for Sulam to observe him or her. 7. Bring your child to the school for an informal evaluation and to visit the classrooms. 8. Provide permission to all relevant professionals who have worked with your child to speak with Sulam personnel. 9. Lianne Heller will be in contact with you regarding acceptance of your child into the Sulam program.