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July 7, 2009

Hillel Academy High School

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51, Upper Mark Way, Kingston 8, Jamaica, West Indies. Telephone: (1) 876 925 1980, Fax: (1) 876 925 183
Director:Mrs. Peggy Bleyberg
HS Principal:Mr. Alfredo Bennett
IGCSE Coordinator:Mrs. Lorna Igbe
IBDP Coordinator:Mr. Lloyd Holmes
University Admissions:Dr. Derek Bleyberg
CAS Coordinator:Ms. Flo Duncan
Grade 7 - 9 Coordinator:Mrs. Angela Thompson
CEEC: 866298
IGCSE centre number: JM 819
IB School Code: 3311
UCAS number: 45835

The School

Hillel Academy is an independent, non-denominational, co-educational school. Founded in 1969 by the Jamaican Jewish community as a charitable trust, it is located on a purpose-built campus in the northern suburbs of Kingston and educates 700 students between the ages of 3 and 18. There are separate elementary and high school classroom buildings with common cafeteria and sports facilities, including soccer pitches, cricket pitch, hard court tennis courts, basketball court and outdoor swimming pool. Each school has its own computer laboratory, music room, art room and library. Additionally, the High School has 3 fully equipped science laboratories and Performing Arts Center (PAC), as well as a sixth form center for the junior and senior classes. Two new classroom buildings for high school use are due to open in August 2009.

Hillel Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is authorized by Cambridge International Examinations (the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) and the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The Mission Statement

Hillel Academy, in partnership with students, staff and parents, strives to achieve the fullest development of each student's potential and talents.
It seeks to create a disciplined community of lifelong learners with sound moral values through the provision of a well-rounded curriculum delivered by a dynamic, highly-trained staff. Teachers come from the Caribbean, Canada, India, UK and USA.

The Academic Program

Students enter the High School in grade 7. Class sizes are small with a maximum of twenty five students per class. All teachers exceed appropriate qualifications in their subject areas. Class periods are fifty-five minutes long.

In Grade 7, students take the core subjects: Mathematics, English Language and English Literature; French and Spanish; Integrated Science; Information Technology; Geography, History; Art, Drama and Physical Education. At this level the curriculum aims to introduce students to the skills, vocabulary and knowledge needed for advanced study.

In Grades 10 and 11 students normally study 8 subjects. First Language English, English Literature, and Mathematics are compulsory. Students then choose further subjects from: History, Geography, Economics, Business Studies, Travel and Tourism, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French Foreign Language, Spanish Foreign Language, Information Technology, Computing Studies. Students must take at least one foreign language, a humanities subject, and a natural science. Art, Music and PE are also offered.

Until 2007 students took CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) examinations at the end of Grade 11. Since 2008, students have taken the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations administered by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (Cambridge International Examinations). These examinations are externally set and moderated. The IGCSE results in individual subjects are indicated by the grades A*, A, B, C, D, E, F, G. A* is awarded to candidates of the highest performance in a subject and grade G for a minimum satisfactory performance. Performance below grade G is not recorded on the certificate.

In Grades 12 and 13, students follow the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. The IB Diploma Program is a widely respected, comprehensive and rigorous two year curriculum consisting of six subject groups: Language A1 (language of instruction or mother tongue); Language B (foreign language); Study of Individuals and Society; Experimental Science; Mathematics; an elective group. Diploma students must pursue three subjects at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL), follow a course in Theory of Knowledge (TOK), engage in a minimum of 150 hours of CAS activities (creativity, action and service), and complete a significant piece of research entitled the extended essay. Students are tested through written and oral examinations prepared and evaluated by an international team of examiners. To obtain an IB Diploma, students must earn a minimum of 24 points for the six subjects graded on a 1-7 scale, and up to 3 bonus points for TOK and the extended essay. The following subjects are offered: English A1, Spanish B, French B, History, Geography, Economics, Business and Management, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics HL, Mathematics SL, Mathematical Studies, Visual Arts. All subjects are available at Higher and Standard Levels. The first students to sit the IB Diploma will graduate in June 2010.

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