Campus LifeA Day in the Life
Every day, students are exposed to academic rigor, leadership opportunities, sports, Jewish heritage and culture, the arts, service projects, Hebrew immersion, and community engagement. These opportunities empower our students to find meaning in what they do and gain a deep sense of self and responsibility to our community.
AcademicsThrough our General Studies and Judaic studies, students are exposed to academic rigor through a wide variety of experiences. Whether it be learning how to create solar ovens in our garden, working on code in our Makers Space, Skyping with our sister school in Israel, or performing on our stages, our students and faculty strive for academic excellence every day.
ArtsAt Akiva, we understand that creating is an essential part to understanding one’s self and learning who one is and what one finds beautiful. Thus, we provide students with spaces and opportunities to explore cultures from all over the world and take what they learn to express themselves. From stage performances of The Jungle Book, to pottery created in our kenl, to utilizing recycled materials to create paper-mache pieces, to learning the songs of our Jewish tradition, our students know that creating something takes courage, risks, and care.
AthleticsThe physical education curriculum at Akiva follows the Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model in helping children build overall strength, fitness, athleticism and develop long term healthy and active lifestyle habits. Akiva has a cross-country running team that trains on our 42-acre campus and competes in local cross country meets. In the spring, Akiva’s track team participates in the NYA (Nashville Youth Athletics) league. Additional after- school physical activities are offered such as all-sports-fitness club and dance club. Akiva 5th and 6th grade boys are invited to join the Harding Academy football team, which trains at their fields on Highway 70 South.
Character DevelopmentCharacter development is the cornerstone of what sets Akiva apart from other schools in Nashville. In today’s world where children struggle with anxiety, self-esteem, self-advocacy, and so much more, Akiva helps students gain a deep sense of self. More than that, Akiva works with students to understand what their duty is to our society and the skills to be kind and just to others. Through the practice of mindfulness and a curriculum in social and emotional thinking, the Akiva advantage is truly about ensuring our students understands how to be a mensch.
At Akiva, we understand that one of the cornerstones to fostering a love of learning is proving children with “choice” to explore their interests. During our school electives, lunch crews, and lunch clubs, students dive into topics of interest and have opportunities to explore new learning as well. Electives range from theatre and improv, to Middot (positive character traits) and basketball, to researching Israeli pop culture, debate, and studying the Mishnah.
Social ActionWhen you speak with Headmasters of the schools our children matriculate into, they say that Akiva students are dedicated contributors to their class, school, and community. The charge to leave this world a better place is one that we take seriously and our faculty and staff consistently work alongside our students to ensure that they understand this responsibility and that they feel empowered to be the change they want to see in this world. We expect our students to not only excel academically but also be exceptional human beings and contributing citizens.
Our values-based education isn’t only something our faculty teaches our students, but it is expected to be lived out amongst every member of the faculty and staff.