Educating life-long learners, creative thinkers, and engaged citizens
Whole Child Learning and Raising The Academic Bar
Heilicher meets every child where they are and develops them into confident and skilled life-long learners. Through Jewish teaching and practice, students expand their spiritual selves and internalize these important values. Through the arts and music, students are inspired to engage with the world in creative ways.
Meaningful Values In Today's Diverse Culture
HMJDS offers a welcoming and inclusive environment where each day we practice our core value of respect for all people. Diverse perspectives are valued. We embrace diversity in family backgrounds, learning styles, and Jewish practice and belief as we encourage students to find their intellectual and creative passions and live well in a community.
Preparation for success in life
Our students and alumni find success in academics and beyond. Read some of their stories here.
One of my fondest memories from the day school was a semi-regular occurrence in Mr. Portnoe’s math and Judaica classes, where the structured part of a lesson would end and we would have an open question-and- answer session. Students chose the questions. We might ask to review a difficult concept or inquire about a new, advanced topic. This gave us practice in coming up with the right questions, not just the right answers. Years later, as a mathematics major, I would often work on problems where progress was best made by challenging the questions, or looking to see how far I could push the concepts I learned in class.
Walking onto campus brought back a flood of memories for HMJDS alumnus Daniel Vinitsky. Daniel graduated from eighth grade at HMJDS in 2005 but has since spent many hours on campus assisting with the HMJDS play as well as acting in local community performances. He now makes a living performing in plays throughout the Twin Cities area and working for the National Theater for Children, helping to schedule tours of educational shows.
Many people at HMJDS helped shaped the man he has become, Daniel said. A smile appeared on his face as reflected on a particular teacher who had a lasting impact on him as a person.
HMJDS alumna and St. Louis Park High School senior Jamie Halper (second from left) at a gathering of National Merit Semifinalists to honor their inspirational teachers in December, 2015. Jamie invited her HMJDS fifth grade teacher Maia Poling, HMJDS math teacher Tim Broms (at right), and St. Louis Park High science teacher Alan Wachutka (far left). Jamie chose to honor these teachers “because each one has helped me love learning,” she said.