At the Alef Academy our mission is to provide a warm and nurturing environment where children can grow and develop emotionally, cognitively and physically.
We aim to provide our children, families, and staff with a positive, meaningful experience of Jewish values and traditions, with a focus on fostering emotional intelligence, critical thinking, self-understanding, collaboration, giving, and an appreciation of the inner goodness of all people.
Based on the knowledge that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important, each child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care; the seed’s every experience will shape and color the quality of its matured self. Our carefully crafted program is designed to provide children with the early foundation and framework necessary for the transition to elementary school and beyond. In an organic, play based environment, children learn to develop the literacy, numeracy, reasoning, and decision making skills that form a foundation for school readiness. In addition, children learn socialization skills, build self- confidence and develop the preliminary skills to explore and experience their world independently from their parents.
Jewish values and traditions drive the school curriculum, environment, and culture. Basic precepts such as respect for others, kindness, being a constructive member of a community, tzedakah, and practicing mitzvot are integrated into daily routines and interactive play. By doing so, we seek to create a stimulating and enriching educational environment that will ignite a spark in each child to lay claim to his or her Jewish heritage and commit him or her to a lifetime passion for learning.
Alef Academy is dedicated to educating children from a broad range of Jewish backgrounds and observances. Our educational approach is guided by our recognition and respect for the unique qualities of each child. We recognize that each child has his or her unique needs, interests and passions. Our children are viewed as collaborators: they are competent, curious, inquisitive, unique, and creative. Each child who enters the school becomes a treasured member of our Alef Academy family.
Value of the Individual: Each of us has unique talents, strengths, and perspectives to contribute to the lives of others.
Learning Community: All learning and growth is rooted in caring, responsive relationships and positive, meaningful collaboration among educators, children, and families.
Inquiry: We learn how to think and solve problems by asking and considering questions – by listening to and being listened to, by asking and being asked.
Intentionality: We make decisions with purpose and understanding.
Lifelong Learning: Everybody needs to learn and grow, and everybody learns at his or her level and pace throughout life.