Our educational program fosters children’s physical, intellectual, spiritual and social growth and guides them to think critically and to live compassionately. Throughout the day, students learn about the values of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and communication and experience learning that is rich with meaning and adventure. In collaboration with our student-support specialist and our school counselor, teachers work to accommodate multiple learning styles and the range of developmentally appropriate progress. Jewish values and traditions are a part of the rich learning and living that takes place every day at Akiva and our children graduate with a deep sense of self, an intermediate to advanced Hebrew proficiency level and some of the strongest analytical thinkers in Nashville due to the rigorous General and Judaic Studies curriculum.
The Akiva Advantage
As the only Jewish Day School within a 150 mile radius, we take it as our duty to ensure that our students are not only prepared academically and socially for the world, but also equipped and eager to make our world a better place. We are committed to expanding every child’s sense of wonder and deepening every child’s sense of self, and obligation to the community. This is the Akiva Advantage.
The S.T.E.A.M. program at Akiva is not just about the exploration and integration of science, technology, engineering, the Arts and mathematics. It is about the Habits of Mind we hope to cultivate in every child. These include: curiosity, creativity, collaboration, communication, and perseverance. Children are taught to reflect and grow from the failures and to value empathy in the engineering design process. Students learn to code beginning in kindergarten and learn how to use this “third” language in their research throughout their time at Akiva. Many schools can provide their children with opportunities to increase their technical abilities but not every school challenges and supports its children in their quest to bring greater meaning to this world. Our S.T.E.A.M. program. Akiva students become daring innovators with heart and their creativity and ingenuity positively impact the communities they learn to serve.
Hebrew & Judaic Studies
At Akiva, the goal of our Hebrew and Judaic Studies program is to develop children that are literate in the Hebrew language and equipped with the knowledge and skills to inspire informed Jewish living. Students in the classroom are surrounded in a stimulus rich environment. Knowledge is acquired through multiple modalities using the five senses, including stories, songs, music and dance. Our children develop their Hebrew and heritage literacy in a gradual, spiraled process each year that builds new ideas and concepts onto an expanding foundation of knowledge. Most students graduate with an intermediate to advanced level of Hebrew as well as a deep connection to their identities as Jewish leaders in this world.
Lower School (K-4)
Our lower school at Akiva is known for its ability to cultivate strong foundational skills and the ability to think deeply and reflectively about their choices.
Middle School (5-6)
Akiva students are known for their academic distinction, their critical thinking and their caring and compassionate character. Our students understand what it means to be a part of their Jewish community and take active roles in the global community whether they are helping to raise money for roofs in Puerto Rico, leading Shabbat services for our seniors or asking questions about policy at our Nation’s Capital.
Middle School is a time where children are encouraged, challenged, and supported in navigating their social landscape. In our Middle School (5th and 6th grade), we focus on helping our students continue to establish a deep sense of self and self-worth while understanding their responsibilities towards others, their community and themselves. Heads of Schools from the local private and public high schools share that Akiva students are confident and curious; they have a deep love of learning and they have a strong moral compass.
Jewish Middle School
JMS focuses on the unique academic, emotional and spiritual needs of children in the 6-8th grade years. Our specialized curriculum engages students in active, meaningful lessons and helps them develop the critical thinking skills needed for lifelong problem-solving. Our approach is truly individualized with an unparalleled faculty-to-student ratio. Our inclusive, student-centered setting nurtures self-confidence and solidifies the academic skills and concepts necessary for success in any traditional high-school setting, and our focus on values makes us an ideal partner in raising children in the 21st century. Visit the JMS Website