Hebrew Academy of the Capital District is an independent Jewish Day School located in Albany, New York. Our school offers a high quality education while nurturing Jewish identity and knowledge. We are a member of the Schechter Day School Network and PRIZMAH.
Strong academic foundations. Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy is committed to the highest academic standards in both Judaic and General Studies. We strive to promote a love of learning and to respond to the individual needs of students within a nurturing and respectful environment immersed in Jewish values. We are committed to preparing our students for the emerging educational challenges of the 21st century.
Jewish identity. Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy seeks to instill a strong sense of pride in Judaism and to ensure that our students develop tools for full participation in all aspects of Jewish life. This includes religious observance, a lifetime of Jewish learning, commitment to Jewish communal life, a connection to Israel and worldwide Jewry and continued spiritual and ethical growth. Our curriculum extends beyond our school to involve home, family and community.
The Hebrew Academy of the Capital District is unique, and fills a niche unlike that of any other private or independent school. We value equally: Hebrew and English, Torah and Math, Derech Eretz and Scholarship. Our Judaic and general studies courses support each other as one integrated curriculum.
We graduate students who are sensitive, caring, and well-educated human beings. We prepare them to go out into the larger world as knowledgeable and passionate citizens, well prepared for high school, aware of who they are as Jews, with a strong connection to Judaism and Israel, and secure in their Jewish identity.
- Are well prepared to excel in high school and in the 21st century. They think critically, work collaboratively, are self-reliant, and persevere in the face of challenges. They have the skills and the motivation to become lifelong learners.
- Are well grounded in Torah, Jewish history, Jewish law and traditions, and rabbinic thought. They understand the importance of Jewish unity in spite of our differences, embrace the diversity of our Jewish community, and engage in respectful discourse with those whose philosophy and practices differ from their own.
- Feel a deep connection to the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, understand her importance to the future of our people, and are equipped to defend her right to exist as a Jewish state.
- Hold a world view that is shaped by Jewish values. They understand the mandate to engage in tikkun olam, and do so by treating humanity and the earth with kindness and compassion. They are motivated to work for peace, to correct the injustices in the world, and to make the world a better place.
- Leave our school prepared to take their next steps as the future leaders of the Jewish and secular communities in which they will reside.
In a nurturing and respectful school community that values the uniqueness of each child and the diversity of Jewish practice, Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy:
- Creates an outstanding integrative curriculum in General & Judaic Studies, encouraging intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and love of learning
- Celebrates the richness of Jewish tradition, Torah and Israel
- Inspires ethical growth rooted in the values of justice, kindness and tikkun olam, the principle that we must each do our part to make the world a better place
Our Inclusive School Community
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 21, 2000; proposed update February 23, 2015; update adopted March 16, 2015.
Bet Shraga Hebrew Academy of the Capital District (HACD) is an inclusive community school. Faculty, parents, and students come to HACD with varying traditions and backgrounds. The school recognizes and respects these diverse religious beliefs, philosophies, attitudes and observances. Furthermore, in order to ensure that these diverse traditions and backgrounds are recognized and respected, the school is committed to the following goals:
- To value the diversity of our Jewish community. We foster an environment where faculty, parents, and students respect and value the varied makeup of Jewish families and their religious, cultural, social, and economic diversity. We foster Jewish knowledge, Jewish values, and a lifetime connection to the Jewish people.
- To include and involve diverse viewpoints. We strive to include and involve people with diverse viewpoints on our Board of Trustees and committees. It is important for the school’s faculty and parents to work together to guide the children’s educational, emotional, and spiritual growth and to create a close knit HACD family that includes a variety of opinions, practices, and traditions.
54 Sand Creek Road
Albany, NY 12205
Phone: (518) 482-0464