Hebrew Public is building the Hebrew public charter school movement in America. Created in 2009, Hebrew Public (formerly Hebrew Charter School Center) helps to launch and sustain schools around the country. Our network’s schools provide a robust academic program that immerses students in the Modern Hebrew language, teaches about the history and culture of Israel and its immigrant communities, and emphasizes students’ commitments to each other, to their communities, and to the world.
Our History (Briefly)
Growth of the Network
Our vision is to create dozens of excellent schools across the United States, serving tens of thousands of students. We started small in 2009 with our first elementary school, Hebrew Language Academy in Brooklyn, which in its first year served 150 students. We have had an eleven-fold growth in the six years since then, serving more than 1,700 students in seven elementary schools in four states and the District of Columbia, and two new middle schools. To continue that pace of growth requires an all-hands-on-deck effort from our staff, community partners and leaders, and a growing number of supporters.
Diversity in Our Schools
Core to our mission is to create schools that are racially and economically integrated. As noted in recent research reports and media, New York City’s public schools, for example, are among the most segregated in the nation, with black and Latino students in particular attending in large proportions schools that are “hyper-segregated.” As schools of choice, when thoughtfully designed, located, and marketed, charter schools can achieve levels of integration and diversity that are difficult for district schools to achieve. This is true at our schools all over the country.
We believe in diverse schools for two main reasons. First, there is significant evidence that all students, but especially students of color and low-income students, benefit academically from attending schools that are diverse. Second, we believe that there is an array of additional benefits for all students from attending diverse schools – in social capital, cross-cultural communication, empathy, appreciation of difference, exposure to multiple learning and communication styles – all of which will provide tangible benefits in college, the workplace, and society for all of our students.