Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy was originally founded in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy. The founders envisioned a school where Jewish adolescents would experience a dual curriculum of secular and Jewish studies. On September 11, 1946, 20 boys and girls assembled in a room at the YMHA at Broad and Pine Streets where space had been rented to house the school. When the first class of 13 students graduated in 1951, the school population had grown to 100 students. The school relocated a number of times to accommodate the growing student body: to B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue in Strawberry Mansion in 1948; to Har Zion Temple in Wynnewood in 1954; and to a 4.5-acre campus in Merion Station in 1956, the school's home for 52 years.In September 2007, the school was renamed the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in memory of the late brother of Leonard Barrack, an alumnus and school benefactor, Class of 1960.the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia purchased the 35-acre American College Campus in Bryn Mawr, a new hub of Jewish education and life. Barrack Hebrew Academy became the educational anchor of the new campus and moved into state-of-the-art facilities in September 2008.
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy is the only independent Jewish day school in the tri-state region that provides students in grades 6 through 12 with a dynamic dual curriculum of college preparatory and Jewish studies, complemented by a wide array of extracurricular and social action opportunities.Barrack is committed to continually evolving academically. Our trimester schedule creates a rigorous educational program and allows for an expanded roster of electives in all grades. In 11th grade, students have the unique opportunity to study for a trimester in Israel.
Why Jewish Day School Education
* They are the most positive about the level of intellectual challenge and the efforts of teachers to engage them in classes.
* They are most positive about the encouragement and support received from teachers.
* They participate in all aspects of undergraduate life and are well represented in the ranks of student leaders.
* They are more resistant than their public school peers to social pressures such as heavy drinking that leads to other risky behaviors.
* They are more likely to restrict their dating to Jewish peers and be involved with Jewish life, learning, observance, Israel and Jewish cultural activities on campus.
* They are more likely to demonstrate a stronger sense of responsibility towards addressing the needs of the larger society by influencing social values, helping those in need, and volunteering time to social change efforts.
* Their Jewish day school education provides top-notch preparation for a broad range of colleges and universities, including those that are most selective.