Founded in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy, Barrack Hebrew Academy is the oldest pluralistic, co-educational Jewish day school in North America for students in grades 6-12.
The school was renamed Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in 2007 in memory of the late brother of Leonard Barrack, an alumnus and school benefactor, Class of 1960.
In 2008, Barrack Hebrew Academy moved to a 35-acre campus and state-of-the-art facilities in Bryn Mawr, PA.
A community ceremony in December 2012 marked the unification of the Robert Saligman Middle School located in Melrose Park and the Barrack Hebrew Academy Middle School. The Robert Saligman Middle School of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy combines the best educational practices of both schools and opened on the Bryn Mawr campus in September, 2013.
Barrack students come from a variety of schools: public, independent, and Jewish day schools and live throughout the tri-state area. Hebrew is taught on all levels.
380 students representing every spectrum of Jewish observance and life are enrolled in grades 6 through 12.
Members of the student body hail from over 50 synagogues.
Shacharit opportunities include Orthodox, egalitarian and women’s minyanim, as well as spiritual programs that range from yoga, to journaling, to Jewish literature, to nature walks, to spiritual chorus.
Students participate in more than 20 sports teams - all with a no-cut policy including baseball, basketball, golf, squash, swimming, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, and softball.
Barrack’s Human Rights Club implemented a school-wide Human Rights Conference, featuring noted local, national, and international speakers.
Students presented a school-wide Political Convention that featured speakers from all aspects of political and social action life, as well as a Mock Primary Election.
9th grade Annenberg Science Symposium team's presentation, My Personal Genome: A Matter of Heart won the "Best Clinical Application of Medical Issues" Award.
Fall 2013, Barrack had fantastic participation and success in our athletic program. The Girls Varsity Tennis team won both the Tri-County and Penn-Jersey Championships. The Girls Varsity Soccer took runner-up in the Tri-County and Penn- Jersey league championships. The Boys Varsity Soccer team finished 2nd place in the regular season, but were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round in a shoot-out. The Cross Country team finished 1st (Girls) and 2nd (Boys) in the Penn-Jersey Championship. Squash also took place this fall off campus.
At the Middle School level we had over 45 students play soccer on 3 different teams. The teams showed great improvement and resilience as the season went on. We also had 13 young ladies participate in our new Middle School Girls Tennis club.
Students in the 8th grade have the opportunity to travel to Israel for two weeks to learn, bond, and live life. The trip proves to be transformative and inspiring.
25% of the Class of 2014 were National Merit Scholars.
Class of 2014 seniors received acceptances to such top-tier colleges as the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University (St. Louis), Yeshiva University, Columbia University/JTS Joint Program, University of Rochester, Amherst College, University of Michigan and Brandeis University.
In addition, eleven students from the Class of 2014 chose to spend a year in Israel. They attended programs such as the IDF, Midreshet HaRova, Kivunim and Habonim D’ror.
Class of 2014's middle 50% range in SAT scores of 670 in Math, 690 in Writing, and 640 in Critical Reading are among the highest in the region.