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Seattle Hebrew Academy Mission

An Early Childhood through 8th Grade Modern Orthodox Jewish Day School
We provide our students, families and community a school of excellence,
founded on love of God & Torah and inspiring academics
within an atmosphere of K’vod HaTalmid, student dignity.

We develop students of character and integrity
through the pursuit of Torah knowledge and secular studies,
connection to the State of Israel and commitment to our Ashkenazic and Sephardic heritage.

We prepare future generations to lead lives of service and mitzvot
and to perpetuate our Torah and traditions in Seattle, Israel and worldwide.

Our School Philosophy – Project SHAlom

Project SHAlom is Seattle Hebrew Academy’s positive school-wide behavior plan. It is modeled after the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program that is being adopted by many schools nationwide. Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) has been referred to as those systems of individualized supports and interventions that help people enhance and improve their productive social behavior while reducing any problematic behavior they may use.

Seattle Hebrew Academy began to develop our Project SHAlom program in 2008, beginning with our Middle School. It grew from the idea of “K’vod HaTalmid,” student dignity, which is now part of our mission statement. Since that time, it has developed each year as new elements to the program have been added or refined. The focus of the program is to teach school expectations in a positive way, to reinforce student behavior that meets those expectations and to review data and re-focus on areas where students struggle. A consistent school-wide emphasis on these efforts creates the Seattle Hebrew Academy’s warm, welcoming and safe environment – an ideal setting for supporting academic and social learning.

SHA’s Project SHAlom Vision Statement

Project SHAlom is grounded on the foundation of Torah and evidence-based practices.

It is our framework to foster celebratory practices that promote and support academic excellence through social and emotional learning.

SHA expects students to be Ready, Responsible and Respectful and to feel with Empathy,

act with Kindness and build Community.