The mission of the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis is to create a learning environment that fosters the religious, social and academic growth of all students. Because the progress of each student is valued highly, great efforts are made to assure suitable learning goals for everyone. All students are encouraged to work toward producing at maximum potential. In pursuit of academic excellence, we emphasize basic skills, higher-order thinking and life long learning.
Q&A with Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis:
What makes Hasten Hebrew Academy unique?
As the only Jewish Day School in Indianapolis, our mission is to foster the religious, social and academic growth of our students from early childhood (Giving Tree Early Learning) through 8th grade. Our staff and students represent and honor the many unique and diverse Jewish backgrounds that make up our community. We are supported by a dedicated and loving group of parent volunteers, alumni and local Jewish community members who work together to maintain a unique family spirit and a close-knit community for our students and teachers. Giving Tree Early Learning is the early childhood program at HHAI and is now open to the public.
What is Hasten Hebrew Academy’s age/grade range?
Giving Tree Early Learning serves children ages 12 months through Pre-K and is open to the public. HHAI serves Jewish children Kindergarten through 8th grade.
What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?
The Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis/ Giving Tree Early Learning is currently enrolling for January 2022 and enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year will begin in early 2022. We admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.
Does Hasten Hebrew Academy offer financial assistance?
We offer financial assistance through State-funded initiatives such as Build, Learn, Grow Scholarships, On My Way Pre-K, IQE, Choice Scholarships, CCDF and Jewish community based scholarships.
What are the standard school day hours?
8 AM to 3:30 PM
Does Hasten Hebrew Academy offer before/after school care? Does Hasten Hebrew Academy offer afterschool activities?
We offer after care until 6 PM for children in Giving Tree through 5th grade with homework club offered for Middle School aged children. Afterschool activities (when COVID 19 permits) includes competitive volleyball, chess, handwriting, speech, JumpBunch, Silly Hearts Yoga, art, pottery, basketball, environmental stewardship program and homework club.
Is there a uniform or dress code?
There is no dress code for our program. Students are asked to dress respectfully and in a manner conducive to learning.
How many children attend Hasten Hebrew Academy? How many students are in the average classroom?
There are currently 118 students with an average of 10 children per class. We strive to keep classroom enrollment at 15 students or less to maximize optimal learning potential. In our Paths to QUALITY Level 3 Early Childhood program- Giving Tree Early Learning, State-mandated student-to-teacher ratios are strictly observed. Maximum group size depends on the age of the youngest child in the classroom.
Does Hasten Hebrew Academy have a homework policy?
We do assign age-appropriate homework depending on the ability and age of the child.
Does Hasten Hebrew Academy offer support for students with special needs?
While we are a small school, we do work with Washington Township and our in-house academic support staff to service the academic needs and wellbeing of our students. Recognizing the individual strengths of each child and necessary supports is a pillar of our program. While we seek to support every child, we understand that our program may not have the resources to fully support the needs of your child as a unique learner. As such, a screening may be held prior to enrollment to ensure that your child’s needs can be adequately supported in our group setting.
What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Hasten Hebrew Academy offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?
Electives- Spanish, Creative Writing, Hebrew, French, Mathematics, STEM, Coding, Robotics, Advisory (social emotional development), Competitive Volleyball- four time IISL Champions, and basketball club.
What are Hasten Hebrew Academy’s safety policies?
We make the safety and security of our students and staff a top priority. We employee armed police officers throughout the school day and continue to make annual safety and security improvements while providing ongoing staff trainings. Over the last four years, we have invested $450,000.00 of grant monies to maintain and improve our school security.
What extra safety measures is Hasten Hebrew Academy taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Staggered arrival times
- Suspension of classroom visits including parents and visitors
- HVAC upgrades to include UV light sterilization units
- Elimination of food program to support parent choice and safety
- Hand sanitzer stations throughout building
- Classroom cohorts or “families” to limit exposure throughout building
- Children Pre-K- 8th grade are masked throughout the school day
- All staff are masked
- Frequent handwashing and cleaning of classroom materials
- Individual materials for art, academics and technology
- Classroom instruction and lunch outside whenever weather permits
- Frequent mask breaks to support students and staff
- Additional cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the school day and nightly
- Strict health and wellness policy including the exclusion of children with COVID 19 symptoms for the required 10 day period.
- Social distancing in 1st-8th grade classrooms
- Exclusive “sick” room for ill children with COVID 19 symptoms
- Children are asked to bring in water bottles to refill from designated refill stations
- Social distancing markers placed in hallways and offices
- Hallway restrictions to certain classrooms/cohorts
- School entry points based on grade level/cohort groups
- Sanitation of playground structures after each use
- Infusion of additional materials and manipulatives to support frequent cleaning of used items
Who should parents contact for more information about Hasten Hebrew Academy?
Email [email protected] for more information and to schedule a tour.