Gifted Academics 2017-10-30T14:04:16+00:00

Gifted​ ​Academic​ ​Programming

Engaged active learning is the forefront of our enriched classroom environment. The key to educational success at our school is a solid foundation in both general and Judaic studies. All students take part in our gifted student programming at Hebrew Academy of TIdewater. A developmentally appropriate approach to learning is combined with creative and integrated instruction, while constantly emphasizing the highest academic standards. Hebrew Academy’s academic programming in Judaic and general studies prepares our students to be life ready learners in a gifted learning environment.

Dual​ ​Curriculum​ ​Program
Hebrew Academy of Tidewater ‘s dual curriculum which enables our students to bring together their academic strengths along with an understanding of an enriched Jewish culture that cultivates cognitive and spiritual development, and allows our students to formulate long lasting bonds within the community.
Our dual curriculum offers gifted learning in the following ways:

  • Our students learn core concepts at an accelerated pace.
  • Student agency is promoted through excellent time management to complete tasks.
  • Integration of Judaic and general studies builds strong learning connections.
  • Exposure to global and real world issues frames confident character development and tolerance

Project​ ​Based​ ​Learning

Individual student learners do not always fit into the same mold. Project Based Learning allows for a variety of innovative teaching methods to become part of the classroom culture. We believe project-based learning can help transform our traditional classroom into innovative learning spaces that work with community/global partners to solve problems and at the same time support student learning and mastery of all standards and skills. Our challenge is to create meaningful and effective projects that will prepare our students to take on the world that awaits them.

Project Based Learning:

  • encompases a variety of innovative learning methods such as STEAM, inquiry learning, and entrepreneurship.
  • encourages student centered learning and individual interests.
  • promotes collaboration, communications and critical thinking.
  • engages students in active learning and problem solving skills centered around real world problems and solutions.

Suzuki​ ​Music​ ​and​ ​Strings​ ​Programs
Through music we are able to celebrate and preserve our individual and collective heritages, express our feelings and emotions, and explore our creativity and imagination. Multiple studies show how music appreciation as well as learning to play musical instrument stimulates brain developments. We believe participation in a balanced, comprehensive, and sequential music program allows students to build self-esteem and positive self-image. Through exposure to a broad variety of musical experiences our students will be led to appreciate a diverse society.

At Hebrew Academy, music is both an academic pursuit and an art form. Students are exposed at an early age to Suzuki violins (grade K-1) and other string instruments (grade 2-5), Suzuki recorders (grade 3) and Suzuki bells (grades 4-5) with plenty of performance opportunities throughout the year. All students in grades K-5 participate weekly in a music program.

Innovation​ ​Celebration
Let the challenge begin! Students have the most creative minds and amazing results happen when educators take a step back and allow students the time to create. Our Innovation Celebration stimulates collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills all in one big fun day!

Our annual Innovation Celebration gives students a break from classroom learning and brings all of our students together to solve an exciting challenge. Initially, all students meet to gain background knowledge on a special topic. After the big reveal of the challenge, students break into groups as they collaborate using the information provided in the opening activity and brain storm their ideas. Students are then presented with the materials they will be allowed to use. We do our best to limit materials to recycled items. This is an added challenge since many of the items need to be utilized creatively as they begin to solve the problem. After the allotted preparation time, students present their results to the entire school and see if their solutions are viable or if they need to go back to the drawing board.

Teachers are only allowed to assist with certain predetermined tasks that involve student safety. Students see that sometimes their initial failure can turn into a huge success as they make discoveries in a safe environment. All in all, it is a day of engaged student centered educational fun! Past events have included challenges such as creating an arcade game with at least 2 moving parts and the cardboard boat challenge with the ability to move through the water and stay afloat.

Other​ ​Enrichment​ ​Opportunities


The goal of Hebrew at HAT is to create students who are conversationally capable and comfortable with Israeli culture and language. Students are immersed in Hebrew from having modern day secular conversation to using biblical texts in the ancient Hebrew. Students use
Hebrew to acquire a second language as well as develop a strong connection to the State of Israel.

Student​ ​Choice

Before every Jewish Holiday students have a choice in learning how to learn and what products to create regarding the upcoming holiday. Students pick an elective and spend anywhere 3-12 periods working on these projects. These projects are student-led and guided from the teachers. Each class is open to any student from 3rd to 5th grade and groups can be varied.


Every fall HAT offers Coding Club to all interested students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Students learn basic concepts of coding and computer science. The beginners focus on logic and various functions while the more advanced students start learning python, a very popular programing language.


Every spring HAT offer Robotics Club for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who successfully complete Coding Club. In Robotics, students learn basic building of robots as well as how to code them to perform functions. Robotics Clubs has 3 aspects to it: a guided building where students follow specific directions to build and program a robot. Challenges where they must design a robot to solve a problem and free build where they can do whatever they want.


HAT is excited to offer a camp that takes students from rising 1-6th grades and immersing them in a camp style design challenge. Campers are giving a building and a robotics challenge with the freedom to create a solution to the given challenge. Campers also have swimming and other fun activities every day.