Education That’s Personal Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut (BCHA) is the only Pre-K through grade 12 Jewish day school in Connecticut. It is the product of a recent merger between Bi-Cultural Day School, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and the highly acclaimed Jewish High School of Connecticut. The BCHA mission is to provide a continuum of education designed to strengthen and enhance each student’s opportunity for future academic and personal success.
With stellar academic reputations from its two core schools, BCHA integrates dynamic and innovative general and Judaic studies curriculums in an environment that is steeped in Torah values and a love of Israel. Guided by Modern Orthodoxy, BCHA embraces students from all across the Jewish spectrum. Emphasis is placed on creating young leaders of integrity by cultivating within students a pride in their Jewish heritage and a commitment to community service.
Nurturing a Love of Learning Based on the concept that our littlest students learn best through play, the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut experience begins with our Early Childhood “Play with a Purpose” program that offers boundless opportunities for young children to explore and grow, each at his or her own pace and in sync with his or her own interests. With an emphasis on the development of the basic Torah values of respect and kindness, children gain critical social, emotional and intellectual skills needed to make their next transition seamless. Each and every day, they enjoy engaging lessons on the beauty of Jewish holidays, Jewish history, Hebrew language and the land of Israel.
Full STEAM Ahead The BCHA elementary school program focuses on all areas of classroom study working in tandem with an advanced STEAM curriculum that is highlighted by a Makerspace Innovation Lab where students through 8th grade can bring their ideas to life. The program is a proven success: More than half of BCHA elementary and middle school students consistently score in the top five percent in the nationwide Johns Hopkins Talent Search, and regularly take home awards from the CT State Science & Engineering Fair and the Stamford Literary Competition.
At the high school level, the small student/teacher ratio allows for continued individualized attention with an emphasis on crafting a curriculum that best suits each student’s individual needs as he or she paves a path toward college. Social/emotional development is enhanced by an array of community leadership opportunities. Academic highlights include the CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program, an innovative approach to STEM education that focuses on scientific and biomedical engineering. Students are exposed to a diverse range of science and technical knowledge areas while helping developing multidisciplinary and abstract thinking, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. BCHA students have gone on to a host of top-rated colleges and universities including: Yale, Harvard, Columbia, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania.
Extracurricular activities are an integral part of a well-rounded BCHA education. After-school sports include cross country, basketball, baseball, golf, swimming, tennis, fencing, ultimate Frisbee and floor hockey; clubs/ programs through middle school include robotics, chess, choir, art, Student Council, Spanish, science club, computer programming, a middle school drama program that culminates in an annual full-scale musical theater production; high school offers engineering, law, forensic science, oceanography, computer animation, psychology of crime, screenwriting and creative writing, chess club, Russian language and culinary club, debate, Model United Nations, computer programming, the arts and literary magazine, yearbook, fashion and design, science enrichment, environmental club, social action club and Israel advocacy club.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, NOV. 4: Early Childhood 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (noon); High School 1:30 p.m. For more information or to schedule a tour: Pre-K through 8th grade contact Denise Rafailov, firstname.lastname@example.org, (203) 329-2186, ext. 1310; for 9th-12th grade contact Sarah Rich, email@example.com, (203) 357-0850.