AHAcampusGreensboro, NC — The American Hebrew Academy is proud to announce a new academic program with focused concentration in Jewish Studies that will culminate in the awarding of a diploma with distinction in Jewish Studies.

Conferring of The American Hebrew Academy Diploma with Distinction in Jewish Studies will take place at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 academic year. The Jewish Studies department will pilot the program with a small group of students selected for their strong academic background and solid Hebrew proficiency.

“We are very excited to launch this new program thoughtfully planned to move our students towards the leading edge of Jewish education in preparation for them becoming life-long learners and leaders,” said American Hebrew Academy Dean of Academics Dr. Tammy K. Williams.

Requirements for earning the special distinction in Jewish Studies by graduation include work building upon the four pillars of Hebrew language fluency, a strong Jewish Studies foundation, a competent set of skills appropriate for lifelong learners in Jewish Studies, and a documented record of academic work sufficient for recognition. The program capstone will include the completion of a multi-disciplinary Jewish Studies Portfolio during the senior year, which combines elements of research, commentary, art, and policy analysis.

Program coordinator Jeff Spitzer commented, “Producing and presenting a portfolio of complex and engaging Jewish work will provide students with a valuable opportunity to reflect on their Academy education and how they have used that education to shape their Jewish identities and clarify their intellectual and moral values. All of the Jewish Studies faculty look forward to helping guide these students in the production and refinement of their portfolios and increasing the rigor and depth of their Jewish educational opportunities.”

The American Hebrew Academy, the world’s only international Jewish college prep boarding school, known for its academic excellence, continues to offer a diverse, innovative and challenging curriculum with the development of the Jewish Studies Diploma program.

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