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261 Derby Ave | Orange, CT 06477 | 203.795.5261 | 203.306.3076
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Academic Philosophy and Mission

Academic Philosophy

The uniqueness of every child is underscored with the axiom “Chanoch L’Na’ar Al Pi Darko” ~ “Educate your child according to his/her way.” Our teachers recognize that each child has his or her own unique needs, interests, and passions. Hence, our teachers prepare their lessons following Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which enables each child to learn, explore, and discover in ways harmonious to his or her own unique mind. By tapping into each child’s individual talents, we build upon each child’s strengths.

Our Jewish values drive the curriculum, environment, and school culture. We model and encourage kindness, respect, compassion, confidence, and responsibility. Judaism teaches that the formative years of early childhood are vitally important. A child is viewed as a seed that we nurture with the utmost care, since the child's every experience will shape and color the quality of his or her matured self.

Our Mission

The Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy Preschool’s mission is:

  • To nourish your child’s heart and mind as we develop cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.
  • To encourage self-confidence and individuality by helping young children to enhance their learning and socializing abilities.
  • To soften the transition from home to the outside world by providing a physically and emotionally safe, stable, and nurturing environment.
  • To foster enthusiasm for learning and to encourage each child’s natural creativity and curiosity.
  • To provide a curriculum geared to the different and developing interests of each child.
  • To increase language development, positive social interaction, and readiness skills.
  • To encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability.
  • To provide a setting rich in materials and resources, a caring and highly qualified staff, a developmentally-appropriate program, and activities that are both teacher-guided and child-initiated.
  • To provide rich and meaningful Jewish content, including Jewish holidays, music, traditions, and the Hebrew alphabet and language.
  • To enhance the learning experiences with enrichment classes such as music, gym, library, baking, and art.
  • To communicate to parents the philosophy, goals, and program of the SCHA Preschool and to provide opportunities for parent involvement and education.
  • To enrich school experiences by using community resources and outside professionals in the field of early childhood education.