Kehillah High sees big growth

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While enrollment in Jewish community day schools has dropped nationwide, it’s been on the upswing at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto.

Rabbi Darren Kleinberg

“Kehillah is the fastest-growing Jewish community high school in North America,” said Marc Kramer, co-executive director of Ravsak, a national Jewish community day school network. “Growth trends tend to be slow, and in recent years, relatively flat, but Kehillah has had a long and consistently effective growth, counter to the broader trends.”

According to national data collected by Ravsak, enrollment over the past seven years has dropped 13.7 percent at Jewish community day schools overall and 4.3 percent at Jewish high schools, while it increased by 60.8 percent at Kehillah in the same time period.

Head of school Rabbi Darren Kleinberg said current enrollment at Kehillah is 185 students. Kleinberg, in his third year at the school, anticipates at least 210 students enrolled for the 2016-17 school year, and he expects the school to reach full capacity — 240 students — in the fall of 2017.

Kehillah was the first Jewish high school in Silicon Valley. It opened in 2002 in San Jose with 33 ninth-grade students. In 2005, the school moved from its original location to Palo Alto. — j. staff