The Epstein School

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The Epstein School
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Two Languages, One Community
Location
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Coordinates 33°55′44″N 84°23′56″W / 33.92888°N 84.398895°W / 33.92888; -84.398895Coordinates: 33°55′44″N 84°23′56″W / 33.92888°N 84.398895°W / 33.92888; -84.398895
Information
Type Independent
Established 1973
Mascot Eagles
Website

The Epstein School is an independent Jewish day school located in Sandy Springs, Georgia[1] for children from 18 months through eighth grade and is a member of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association.[2] The Head of School is Stan Beiner.[3] The school has two campuses,[4] and has a summer camp.[5]

History[edit]

The Epstein School's mascot is the Eagle.

Founded in 1973,[6] Epstein is a bilingual[7] (English-Hebrew) school. The school was originally housed in the Ahavath Achim Synagogue. In 1987, the school moved to a new location. It later purchased the building and began plans for renovation and expansion.[8] The building that was purchased was originally a Fulton County Elementary School, then called Underwood Hills Elementary.[8] The school's mascot is the Eagle, as represented by the Epstein Eagle crest.

The Early Childhood Program[edit]

In the Early Childhood Program headed by Principal Cathy Borenstein, exploration plays a major role in the curriculum. Hands-on activities that require children to use senses such as sight, sound, smell and touch define the schools’ early learning programs.[9]

Middle School[edit]

The Epstein Middle School is headed by Principal Myrna Rubel. The school is ideologically conservative, but teaches cultural diversity, tolerance and acceptance of all.[10] In 2008, Epstein Middle School participated in the Faith on Wheels Project, a cultural and religious exchange with three different schools with 3 different religious faiths: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.[10]

Bilingual curriculum[edit]

Epstein's learning lab offers academic support for the bilingual curriculum.

The Middle School curriculum is bilingual.[11] Recognizing academic challenges for students of a dual language curriculum, the school also offers additional support in the learning lab and Sha'ar, a special education program.[12] Each year, the school holds its annual middle school celebration of Hebrew Song and Dance, Shiriyah.[13] At the end of each school year, 8th grade students visit Israel, as a culmination of their studies.[14] Recently, Spanish has been introduced to 7th and 8th graders.

Language arts[edit]

In 2009, a hard bound book previously published by Epstein Middle School students, Go Where Your Eyes Take You: Creating a New Future after the Holocaust was archived by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.[15] The book was part of the students' Language Arts studies and features stories about 23 survivors of The Holocaust and how they rebuilt their lives.[15]

Technology/video production[edit]

Students use technology in all subject areas, and every classroom has internet-linked computers.[11] Elective classes include digital photography, website design and robotics.[11] The School has the Genz Television Production Studio, in which middle school students produce and direct a weekly TV broadcast for the school.[16] Students are also the featured on-air talent, writers, anchors and camera operators. Each year, students culminate their broadcast studies with a visit to Fox 5 News - WAGA -Atlanta.[16]

National recognition[edit]

Athletics at Epstein[edit]

Epstein offers many sports including tennis, basketball, soccer, track and field, softball, baseball, and volleyball. Most sports are offered for both girls and boys.

Accreditation[edit]

The Epstein School has dual accreditation from Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).[18]

  • In 2009 the National Wildlife Federation recognized The Epstein School's Sustainable Educational Garden and Teaching Pond as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.[19]

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