Kehillah Jewish High School
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|Kehillah Jewish High School|
3900 Fabian Way
|Type||Independent coeducational secondary|
|Head of school||Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D.|
|Number of students||215|
Kehillah Jewish High School is an independent college preparatory high school located in Palo Alto, California. "Kehillah" is a Hebrew word meaning "community." The school is one of a series of pluralistic (community) Jewish day schools in the United States at the high school level.
In the fall of 2005, the school moved from its original location in San Jose to its new campus at 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, where it also hosted the Keddem Congregation (Reconstructionist) for several years.
Kehillah Jewish High School was founded in 2000 and opened in the fall of 2002 on the Blackford High School campus in San Jose with 32 9th grade students. Rabbi Reuven Greenvald joined Kehillah as its Head-of-School in the summer of 2004 and left in March 2007. He was replaced by Lillian Howard, who most recently served as the founding Head of School of the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon Lillian Howard's retirement in June 2013, Rabbi Darren Kleinberg, Ph.D. became the new Head of School.
Since 2002, Kehillah Jewish High School has grown from a 9th grade class of 33 students to a community of 220 students in grades 9-12. The school has experienced multiple years of double-digit enrollment growth. "Kehillah is the fastest-growing Jewish community high school in North America," said Marc Kramer, co-executive director of Ravsak, a national Jewish community day school network. "Growth trends tend to be slow, and in recent years, relatively flat, but Kehillah has had a long and consistently effective growth, counter to the broader trends." According to national data collected by Ravsak, enrollment over the past seven years has dropped 13.7 percent at Jewish community day schools overall and 4.3 percent at Jewish high schools, while it increased by 60.8 percent at Kehillah in the same time period."
In addition to American students, Kehillah has a large Israeli student population. Students’ first languages include Russian, Hebrew, Spanish and French as well as English. They live as far south as Morgan Hill, as far north as Burlingame, and as far east as Castro Valley and Fremont. Approximately half attended public school through 8th grade, and the other half attended private middle schools.
The new 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) campus at 3900 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, California was completed for the 2005–2006 academic year. It is situated across the street from the recently opened Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, a new development for the Palo Alto JCC and the senior home. The facility was originally constructed in 1997, and was extensively remodeled in 2005. The building includes 27 classrooms, four break-out and tutorial rooms, high-end physics, chemistry, biology, and computer science laboratories, music and art rooms, a photo lab, a makerspace, a library and assembly space, student and faculty work and meeting spaces, faculty and administrative office clusters, and a Beit Midrash – a room for prayer and study. Each teaching space is equipped with extensive electronic media and SMARTBoard technology. The campus was most recently renovated in the summer of 2016, during which the library, theater, and student learning center were redesigned.
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