Hebrew Language Academy Charter School (“HLA”) is a dual language public elementary charter school located in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 2009, HLA’s mission is to provide a nurturing yet rigorous early childhood dual language program committed to fostering academic excellence and a high degree of Hebrew language proficiency. The school provides students with a sophisticated core curriculum in English Language Arts, mathematics, the sciences, social studies, art, music, technology and physical education. It incorporates Hebrew language instruction across the curriculum through a partial immersion proficiency model.
HLA recognizes that its students are growing up in an increasingly global community. Its entire educational program is geared towards providing students with a solid foundation to become ethical, productive citizens in this environment. HLA helps its students learn social and civic responsibility through the integration of community service and service learning into classroom studies. Diversity, tolerance and openness are emphasized throughout the curriculum and school life.
HLA currently serves over 700 students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. HLA’s student population reflects the diversity of its surrounding community in Brooklyn, New York. Most of its students come from families with at least one foreign‐born parent, and a majority comes from homes in which languages other than English are spoken (Russian, Hebrew, Haitian Creole, Spanish, among others). In addition, more than half of its students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
HLA is a public school chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. As a charter school, HLA joins the ranks of more than 1,400 public schools in New York City that provide free and open educational opportunities to the city’s children and youth. Unlike a traditional public school, however, HLA is not governed by the local school district. Instead, the charter provides HLA with autonomy to create an innovative and rigorous curriculum and instructional program. In exchange for this autonomy, HLA has taken on greater levels of accountability than a traditional public school. It sets the bar high for its performance, and it intends to surpass the ambitious targets set in its charter.
HLA is working to demonstrate the value of providing an innovative education that focuses on Hebrew language acquisition, is open to all children, is free and is publicly accountable.
The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life has given extensive support to HLA during its startup phase for its facility needs.