The Founders of Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School believe that students learn best when they are in a context of diversity, surrounded by clear, consistent systems of support, and when given opportunities to learn individually and together.
We are strong believers in personalized learning – ensuring that each and every child has the opportunity to grow academically and socially in ways that are tailored to their needs and learning styles. Our personalized approach to learning is enhanced by our small student to teacher ratios – transforming the classroom experience into one of a genuine community which in turn promotes positive emotional development in each child.
HEBREW PUBLIC’S UNIQUE MODEL FOCUSES ON:
- Rigorous instruction in English Language Arts, math, science, social studies, Modern Hebrew language, music, art, and physical fitness
- Racial and economic diversity
- Long-term connections to post-secondary and career opportunities in Israel and with Israeli organizations
- A commitment to global citizenship – helping students become intellectually curious, globally aware, civically engaged, and skilled in cross-cultural communication
- Immersive instruction in Modern Hebrew for part of each day
SPOTLIGHT ON MODERN HEBREW
Our school is part of a growing movement of linguistically diverse public charter schools, teaching languages as varied as Modern Hebrew, Greek, Mandarin, French, and Arabic. This movement is based in part on a wide body of research showing the many benefits of learning a foreign language:
- Improved school performance
- Problem-solving skills
- Cross-cultural communication
- Understanding of different perspectives
At PHP, Modern Hebrew is taught through the proficiency-based approach, which is considered the gold standard in foreign language instruction in the United States and around the world. Students receive one hour of Hebrew language instruction four days per week. They engage in meaningful interactions in the language, developing their speaking and comprehension skills at a rapid pace. As students advance through the grade levels, speaking and listening skills continue to be developed and reading and writing are introduced, developed and strengthened.
Modern Hebrew is taught by native speakers, who only speak to their students in Hebrew. In just a short time, students are able to understand Hebrew and speak in simple sentences. As their skills grow, they are introduced to more complex topics and are able to communicate in Hebrew in more sophisticated ways. As students learn Modern Hebrew, they also have the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of Israel, which provides a link to other subjects such as social studies and the arts.
Want to learn more? Check out the Hebrew Public website.