At Barrack Hebrew Academy, we challenge our students to identify their goals and then give them the means to reach and grasp them. Our students are taught to become autonomous thinkers, to apply their intellect, and to use tools of technology to make sense of a world inundated with new sources of information.
Barrack's Upper School provides a challenging college preparatory program infused with timeless Jewish values. We develop our students' skills and confidence, allowing them to pursue higher education and make positive contributions to the Jewish community. Our curriculum is rigorous and comprehensive. All Upper School students are enrolled in eight major subjects: English, History, Math, Science, World Language, Hebrew, Jewish Studies and Tanakh (Bible). Some courses cover more advanced material at a faster pace and are designated as Honors or Intensive. In addition, seniors are eligible to take a maximum of three AP courses in Biology, Calculus AB or BC, Chemistry, English Literature, Environmental Science, Latin, Physics, Statistics, or U.S. Government. The success of our Upper School program is evidenced by our outstanding college acceptance record.
At Barrack, arts and athletics play a vital role in the development of the whole child. Through our unique elective program, students find ways to employ their imaginations and express themselves through visual arts, music, drama, or writing. Each year in Upper School, there are required Physical Education and Health classes. Participation on our athletic teams allows our students to harness their talents on the field, pool, or court, reinforcing core values of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and cooperation.
Barrack’s Upper School is a community with built-in support systems, an advisory program, and a nurturing environment that helps our students navigate adolescence in a positive way. Talented and caring teachers, counselors, and administrators work together to help each student achieve his or her full potential. Nobody slips through the cracks at Barrack. In addition, students involve themselves in the community beyond our school by participating regularly in service programs (Chesed), developing their commitment to Tikkun Olam - Repairing the World.
Dr. Darin S. Katz, Director of Upper School
"Learning is a dialogue, not a monologue at Barrack. We are encouraged to think creatively and critically, to ask questions and problem solve. We are prepared to tackle whatever challenge might come our way."