American Hebrew Academy

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American Hebrew Academy
Greensboro, NC
Type Private, Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Jewish
Established 2001
Faculty 43
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 175
Average class size 10-12 students[1][citation needed]
Student to teacher ratio 4:1
Campus Gated, 100 acres (0.4 km²)
Color(s) blue, white, and red
Athletics 16 Interscholastic Sports
Mascot Eagle
Tuition $23,800 (day students)
$39,500 (boarding students)[2]

The American Hebrew Academy (AHA) is an American Jewish pluralistic college preparatory boarding school.[3] The coeducational school is located in Greensboro, North Carolina with a 100 acre (0.4 km²) campus designed by Aaron Green, protégé of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright .[4]


The academy was founded in 2001 by Maurice Sabbah, a Sephardic Jew and Zionist in the aviation reinsurance business, living in Greensboro. Sabbah wanted to create a high school option for Greensboro’s Jewish teens and to draw a critical mass of students from other regions of the country where Jewish day school was not a feasible option.[4]

The Academy opened on September 10, 2001.


The curriculum at AHA is based on a 'dual-curriculum' model in which the secular studies (Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Languages) are taught alongside a Jewish Studies program (Mishnah, Talmud, Bible, Jewish Philosophy, and Jewish History).

The academy uses a trimester calendar. The primary language of instruction is English and students are required to show a substantial progression with Hebrew language prior to graduation.[5]

Campus technology[edit]

All students are issued Surface Pro 3 tablet computers.[6] Classrooms have SMART Boards, projectors and cameras and microphones. Classroom seating is at a Harkness table, teardrop-shaped tables that follow the Harkness teaching method, that ostensibly create a shared, equal environment for the students.[4] The maximum class-size for most classes is 12 people, in order for students to get as much one-on-one interaction with their peers and instructors as possible.

AHA has the largest closed-loop geothermal exchange well field in the United States to heat its campus.


The Academy has an 88,000 square feet (8,200 m2), $13 million athletic center and natatorium. The center includes three basketball courts, rock climbing walls, a racquetball court, an exercise gym and an eight-lane pool.

The Academy also has playing fields including: a soccer stadium, baseball fields, softball fields, multiple all-purpose fields, and a track. As a member of the Triad Athletic Conference, the Academy offers the following sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. A cheerleading squad is also available. Wrestling, softball, and tennis are offered depending on student interest. The following intramural and club sports are available: racquetball, tennis, softball, golf, Touch Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga, Aerobic and Weight Training, Kayaking and Sailing, Karate, and Rock Climbing.[7]

In the summer of 2010, The Six Points Sports Academy,[8] the first-in-the-nation Jewish sports summer camp, part of the Union for Reform Judaism's family of summer camps, began its inaugural session at the American Hebrew Academy. Open to young athletes ages 10 to 15 from all over North America, Six Points provides a well-rounded camping experience that offers intensive training in the individual's chosen sport as well as cross-conditioning electives. In addition, Reform Jewish summer camp activities are offered with other athletes, professional coaches and Jewish counselors.[9]

Israel trip[edit]

The Junior year class studies abroad in Israel for ten weeks each fall trimester. Students live in Hod HaSharon, Israel and study at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. This immersion program enables students to explore their interest in and strengthen their ties to Jewish History, Israel and the Hebrew language.


  1. ^ "About Us - Quick Facts". American Hebrew Academy. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Applying". American Hebrew Academy. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "AMerican Hebrew Academy - About Us". Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Slutsky, Carolyn (10/12/2008). "Room, Board — And 'Jewish Peoplehood'". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 16 February 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "School Profile 2009–2010" (PDF). American Hebrew Academy. Retrieved February 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ Moffett Banks, Margaret (Feb 15, 2004). "Academy: Molding Future Leaders". News & Record. 
  7. ^ "Athletics". American Hebrew Academy. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  8. ^ "URJ 6 Points Sports Academy - Jewish Sports Camp - Home". Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  9. ^ "First-in-the-Nation Jewish Sports Summer Camp Founded". URJ. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 

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Coordinates: 36°6′43″N 79°52′17″W / 36.11194°N 79.87139°W / 36.11194; -79.87139