Ashreinu School for Girls
Jewish Middle and High School for Girls Ages 12-18
Ashreinu's Middle and High School program for girls is located near the Silver Spring Jewish community in Washington, DC. We offer an individualized curriculum to each student based on her interests, ability, and learning style. Learning is done individually or in small groups. The classroom is guided by experienced teachers who tailor lessons based on each students' unique profile.
At Ashreinu, Middle and High School students learn math, science, history, reading, writing, and Hebrew language in the setting most beneficial to them. In one classroom there might be two students studying Geometry with a teacher, three students working together on a science project, and one student doing independent research on history.
With a focus on individual progress, we offer opportunities for learning in large groups, small groups, and one on one. This allows us to place students in the appropriate learning setting for each subject. For example, a student advanced in mathematics may struggle with Hebrew. By removing barriers to learning and teaching through tailored exercises that pique each child's individual interests, we foster the love of learning innate to every student.
Using the proven methods of Maria Montessori, Ashreinu employs a hands on method to teach Chumash, Rashi, Parsha, Chagim, Halachot, Jewish History… to students of all ages. Our engaging materials are interactive and encourage enthusiasm for mastering the subject matter.
Our Judaic curriculum emphasizes skill and joy in learning Torah, with the goal of making our students lifelong, independent learners, one of the foundations of a Jewish life. In addition, we foster each student’s unique approach through differentiated instruction in the classroom and with other outlets so they may discover how to use their own interests and talents to contribute to the larger community.
Language instruction is determined by the students' interests. We use validated testing to benchmark fluency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the target language. Past instruction has included beginning, intermediate and advanced instruction in Hebrew language, and beginning American Sign Language (ASL). Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of languages based on their interests..
Through Ashreinu's art program, students learn the basic concepts of drawing and the elements of design. This program is designed to inspire and motivate young artists to express themselves creatively. Students study style from the art masters and are guided to finding their own unique style.
The pace of this class depends on the age and maturity of the individual students in this class, as well as the group dynamics of the class as a whole.
Our art teacher, Ms. Emily Gould, incorporates academic disciplines into art projects. Students learn how to write artist’s statements and create art in a variety of different media: painting, drawing, collage, papier-mâché, and ceramics. Students are introduced to art from around the world.
At the end of the academic year, each student has an art portfolio and an online digital art portfolio that can be shared with friends and family.