The Esformes Hebrew Academy's mission is for parents and teachers to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation, to develop the whole child by providing a quality education, promoting Jewish values, academic achievement, a love of learning, acquiring life skills, and to ensure our students are able to pursue the professions they desire knowing that Torah values are guiding the decisions of life.


Our environment mirrors a city in which there is a central plaza that is representative of the traditional Italian town square. In the plaza, students can mingle. There are no hallways to interrupt continuity so that the children can observe the cooks or whoever else might pass by. There is freedom of movement between areas, including outside so that children can see all activities unfolding.

Teachers engage in great family engagement as they provide parents with notes and photographs of the day and invite them to linger on the couches that provide kids’-eye views. Children are seen as the “fourth teachers” themselves, born with the ability to be learned from, listened to, and be respected. The teacher’s role is of listening and guidance. The program benefits the students’ creativity as it provides all of the outlets necessary for self-guidance and self-expression.


Research has shown there are nine characteristics that are found most often in high-performing schools. The entire staff at Esformes Hebrew Academy is committed to stay focused and improve in these areas. The nine characteristics of effective schools include:

* Clear and shared focus

* High standards and expectations for all students

* Effective school leadership

* High levels of collaboration and communication

* Curriculum, instruction, and assessment aligned with state standards

* Frequent monitoring of learning and teaching

* Focused professional development

* A supporting learning environment

* High levels of family and community involvement