Learning Philosophy

The Heilicher experience is built on nurturing intellectual curiosity, artistic expression, social responsibility, and rigorous problem solving.

We work closely with each family to ensure that their child receives a strong academic foundation upon which to build success in school and in life. Small class sizes and flexible student groupings, allow us to tailor lessons to your child, based on his/her own learning style. We challenge students to reach for new heights, teaching the academic and organizational skills that allow them to be creative problems solvers and outstanding communicators who actively engage in their community. We strive to assure that each child feels connected and valued as they expand their knowledge and curiosity.

Our school is dedicated to educating the whole child.

  • We offer intentional, purposeful learning experiences while providing opportunities for discovery and creativity.
  • We strive to create learning opportunities across grade levels which empower students to ask questions, think critically, and demonstrate creativity.
  • We believe that learning is collaborative.
  • We value citizenship and responsibility.
  • We encourage self-confidence and initiative.
  • We promote self-advocacy and strong communication skills.
  • We integrate our curriculum across subject areas.
  • We look through a Jewish lens to make connections between general and Jewish studies.
  • We differentiate and individualize to meet students where they will be most successful.
  • We foster strong work habits and organizational skills.

"More important than the Pythagorean Theorem or any of the amazing facts we learned is the value of hard work. This is what I take away from HMJDS."

- HMJDS 8th Grader

Provide extra support

At Heilicher we follow Harvard educator Howard Gardner's research on multiple intelligences. We appreciate diverse learning styles and can create personal education plans for our students implemented by their classroom teachers. With small class sizes and the support of our Resource Department, we can provide reinforcement and enrichment for our students.

Encourage a wide range of Jewish practice

Viewing the world through Jewish lenses, school life nurtures spiritual life. Our students grow to respect and cherish Jewish texts, rituals, prayers, and values in age-appropriate ways. Our vibrant Judaic Studies program empowers students to explore their faith and Jewish identity, acquire religious literacy, and nurture a connection with Israel.

Speak Hebrew

From the first day of Kindergarten, Heilicher students begin hearing and speaking Hebrew, developing fluency over time. By graduation, many of our students are able to debate current events in the Hebrew language and appreciate the music and literature of modern Israel. Many are ready to earn college credit for advanced Hebrew during high school.

Learn social responsibility

National research tells us that day school graduates have a greater sense of responsibility toward addressing the needs of the larger society—by influencing social values, helping those in need, volunteering their time, and choosing careers that enable them to be of service to their community—than their public and private school peers.

Inspire creativity

At Heilicher we celebrate the arts. We offer classes in the visual arts, music composition, instrumental music, ceramics, theater, photography, filmmaking, and graphic design. Student work is visible in all parts of our school building, and we take enormous pride in the fact that our students have been winners in various art competitions in the Twin Cities. Our students and alumni have been featured in the Scholastic Arts Contest and the Keren Or awards each year for the past several years.

Core values

We foster core values at Heilicher which are based in Biblical text and are universal. They are integrated in all aspects of the curriculum and reflected in our commitment to community service and acts of loving kindness. We encourage awareness of others' needs and actively help.

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