Spotlight on education | Kehillah Jewish High School creating extraordinary futures

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Coupling the best of the Silicon Valley mindset with rich traditions, Kehillah Jewish High School attracts those who seek world-class academics in a supportive community, empowering them with the knowledge and strength to flourish in a rapidly changing world with Kehillah as their anchor, their beacon and their identity.

At Kehillah our Four Core Commitments are that everyone counts; everyone has equal access to great learning; every person’s unique talents are valued equally; and everyone takes responsibility for themselves and their community. We welcome students from all backgrounds, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.

World-class academics

Our faculty is distinguished by mastery in the subjects they teach, infusing their lessons with knowledge and passion. Over 95 percent hold advanced degrees, more than any other high school in the area. We provide a robust curriculum in the sciences, mathematics, the humanities, world languages and visual and performing arts. The classroom experience at Kehillah includes debate, dialogue, critical inquiry and experimentation, bringing every class to life. Each student is challenged, actively encouraged and supported to reach his or her potential.

Since our first graduating class, Kehillah students have been admitted to highly selective schools such as Stanford, Brown, Columbia and Harvard; to each of the campuses of the University of California, as well as excellent public universities, private liberal arts colleges and art schools throughout the country.

Athletics

The Kehillah Athletics program provides all students with opportunities to develop physically and mentally in a team environment. Our sports program infuses students with a sense of belonging, self-worth, direction and confidence. Our outstanding coaching staff and athletic director ensure that all students who participate in the athletics program feel welcomed, encouraged, challenged and appreciated for their hard work and effort.

The Kehillah Rams are part of Northern California’s Private School Athletic League (PSAL). We are the current champions in soccer, holding the all-league title from fall 2013. Kehillah also competes in volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, cross-country, golf, and swimming. Our shared campus with the Oshman Family JCC, located on the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, gives our sports teams full access to a state-of-the-art pool, gym and gymnasium. Each student also receives full membership to the JCC.

Experiential education

At Kehillah, we work hard to ensure our students enjoy a healthy balance of study, reflection and social interaction. Students enjoy six weekly open blocks, during which they can study and complete homework, socialize in the student lounge, meet with teachers, or simply listen to music and recharge. Twice a week students engage in sessions of reflective practice and spiritual expression called Tefillah (Hebrew for prayer). Students choose from options such as traditional prayer, ethical discussion, meditation and art during this time. 

Every week, Kehillah has a school-wide assembly called Beit Midrash (Hebrew for House of Study). This weekly hour of experiential learning provides our school community with an opportunity to explore a variety of subjects through presentations, all-school conferences and guest speakers. Students learn about topics relevant to current events, the arts, community involvement and world events.

Each class takes a unique educational trip in the spring. These learning experiences have included a civil rights tour of the American South, kayaking and ecological study at El Capitan Canyon State Park, and volunteer work with indigenous communities in Costa Rica.  The junior class trip is a 2-3 week experience in Israel, focusing on the land, its people, cultures and community. The four-year class trip curriculum builds on our academic program through direct experience, student collaboration, exposure to various communities and their unique challenges and identities, and increasing student responsibility for their own learning. Our participants push their boundaries, build their confidence and resilience, and discover the joy of learning in every setting.

Advisory and support

Twice each week students and teachers take a break from the busy school day to slow down and check in with one another. All students and faculty members gather in their advisory groups to share stories, laughter, concerns and study tips. Each advisory group becomes a close-knit and safe community for students to express concerns and receive support.

Kehillah also supports students through our full-time learning specialist and learning center that welcomes all students that are looking for additional help with study skills, a quiet space to get homework done, or extra personalized assistance. We also have a part-time school counselor who works closely with our staff to provide social-emotional support for our students.

College placement

Kehillah graduates can be found at exceptional educational institutions around the world. Our students receive one-on-one, personalized college counseling and are encouraged to meet with the many college representatives who visit our campus each year. Our alumni have a reputation for thriving in college. Because of their experience working closely with their teachers and peers at Kehillah, our graduates have the confidence to seek out professors during office hours for advice, to find smaller communities of students with like interests, and be actively engaged and involved as they were in high school. “Kehillah alumni tend to become favorites among their professors,” says Susan Solomon, director of College Guidance at Kehillah. “They are the students raising their hands, adding to the discussion seminar and visiting with the professors after class.”

Campus

Kehillah classrooms are beautifully equipped. Our science labs, art studio, computer lab and media lab are state-of-the-art. Each classroom includes touch-sensitive Smartboardstm. In math classrooms, students write and solve equations directly on classroom desks with dry erase surfaces. Kehillah’s black box theater and music studio also provide hubs for student activity and creativity.

The school cafeteria provides kosher, vegetarian and vegan options. Our seasoned chef prepares gourmet food on a daily basis. Students can enjoy our fresh salad bar as well as a hot bar item carefully created with everyone’s health in mind. Kehillah grounds are extended across the street to the Taube Koret campus, which provides students with other lunch option at the café. 

Kehillah Jewish High School is distinguished by a world-class academic program, an exceptional faculty, an inclusive and competitive athletic program, first-class facilities, and a supportive community where students thrive.

Please contact Marily Lerner, Director of Admissions, to schedule a visit. [email protected] or (650) 213-9600 ext. 154

 

Kehillah Jewish High School, 3900 Fabian Way Palo Alto, CA 94303


Grades Served: 9-12
Student Body Size: 160
Student-Faculty Ratio: 1:8
Average Class Size: 12-15
Tuition Per Year: $36,850
Financial Assistance: Available
Uniforms Required: No
Clubs: 21
College Enrollment: 100 percent