HACD’s MATHCOUNTS program is part of a local, state, and national math competition for middle schoolers—but it’s much more than that. Students meet weekly after school, between October and February to explore approaches for solving creative, interesting math problems. HACD MATHCOUNTS alumni have described these kinds of questions as “word problems to the max!” MATHCOUNTS builds problem-solving and mathematical skills in an exciting, non-graded, team-oriented way and gives a terrific integration of math concepts developed in grades 6, 7, and 8.

You don’t need to be a “math whiz” to be part of the MATHCOUNTS program at HACD (though you will probably enjoy it very much if you are)—just someone interested in sharpening math skills, working with friends, and eating lots of cookies. In addition to competing, students work together and think out loud to solve monthly challenge problems, as well as learning tips and tricks to “see through to the solution” more quickly. Student activities also include a team dinner, scrimmages with other schools, and designing each year’s team T-shirt. MATHCOUNTS is open to all middle schoolers — check us out and see what we’re about!

MATHCOUNTS® is a national math enrichment, coaching & competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, MATHCOUNTS is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students.

Thousands of teachers use the free MATHCOUNTS curriculum materials to supplement classroom materials or as an extracurricular activity. Those wishing to fully capitalize on the ability of the creative MATHCOUNTS materials to challenge students & motivate them to develop strong math skills also participate in the MATHCOUNTS competition series.

Schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written & oral competitions held nationwide. Top students advance to the state, & ultimately, national level. MATHCOUNTS challenges students' math skills, develops their self-confidence & rewards them for their achievement. For more information please visit

OVA - Olympics of the Visual Arts

Olympics for the Visual Arts is a special regional arts group competition open to 7th and 8th graders as an extra-curricular project. Hebrew Academy is a consistent winner in architectural designs.


Each year, we strive to create meaningful opportunities for our young students to explore and learn through our Drama program. 

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