Did You Know?

In the Lower School
  • On the spring 2013 MAP Assessment, Lower School students scored significantly higher than the national median percentiles
    • Second graders scored 29 percentiles higher in math
    • Third graders scored 27 percentiles higher in math and 25 percentiles higher in reading
    • Fourth graders scored 33 percentiles higher in math and 36 percentiles higher in reading 
    • Fifth graders scored 38 percentiles higher in math and 31 percentiles higher in reading
  • In addition to enrichment offered in the regular classroom, students who qualify may receive additional enrichment opportunities with HBHA’s full time gifted facilitator.
  • First through fifth grade students participate in an annual HBHA Science Fair. In the 2013 Greater KC Science Fair all four HBHA fifth grade entrants were awarded gold ribbons with one student winning an additional cash prize.
  • Fourth and fifth grade students have the opportunity to participate in HBHA spelling and geography bees which lead to regional, state and national competitions.
In the Middle School
  • On the Spring 2013 MAP Assessment, Middle School students scored significantly higher than the national median percentiles: 
    • Sixth graders scored 34 percentiles higher in math
    • Seventh graders scored 39 percentiles higher in math
    • Eighth graders scored 33 percentiles higher in math
  • On the fall 2012 MAP Assessment, Middle School students scored significantly higher than the national median percentiles:
    • Sixth graders scored 26 percentiles higher in reading
    • Seventh graders scored 43 percentiles higher in reading
    • Eighth graders scored 27 percentiles higher in reading
  • Math placement is based on achievement and class performance, not assigned by grade level.
  • Students choose electives in music, PE, drama, choir, band and Jewish Studies and attend these classes with students across sixth through eighth grades.
  • Middle School students identified as gifted work with the gifted facilitator to augment their curriculum through self advocacy.
  • Middle School students participate in an annual HBHA Science Fair which allows students to dig deeply into the scientific process culminating with selected students' participation at the Kansas City Science Fair at Science City/Union Station.
  • Students strengthen relationships with peers and learn to work with adults through the Mentoring Program. Students learn to manage and evaluate their academic progress and have the opportunity to participate in wide range of curricular and non-curricular presentations such as study skills and drug awareness.
In the Upper School
  • 100% of HBHA graduates go on to college; more than 25% of graduates spend a gap year of study or service in Israel.
  • Over 90% of HBHA seniors took at least one AP course or dual enrollment college course and AP exam before graduating in the last four years.
  • More than 80% of students who took AP exams received a score of 3 or above (Passing score earning college credit at most schools).
  • HBHA has had four National Merit Commended Scholars and three National Merit Finalists in the last ten years.
  • Qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for entrance into the National Honor Society.
  • In the last five years, greater than 25% of the senior class received the President’s Award for Educational Excellence in recognition of a 3.5 or higher GPA and a score of the 85th percentile and above on the SAT or ACT.
  • All Upper School students are required to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Although only three years are required, almost 90% of students take math all four years of Upper School.
  • Over 75% of Upper School students participate in team sports (soccer, basketball, tennis and cross country).
  • Student organizations include Student Government, National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Holchim Yarok (environmental club) and the Drama Society.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in activities and competitions such as Model U.N., JETS TEAMS Engineering Competition, Beit Din Moot Court, AIPAC Leadership Seminar, and Reaching the Write Minds Playwriting Workshop.
  • All students participate in the Mentoring Program that teams faculty members with groups of students to support their academic, leadership and personal growth.
  • HBHA provides a comprehensive, individualized college guidance program tailored to each student’s unique needs.
  • HBHA Upper School students perform an average of 4,000 hours per year of community service, with more than 35% of students receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 100 hours a year.
More about HBHA
  • HBHA students are affiliated with congregations across the denominational spectrum: Beth Shalom, BIAV, Beth Torah, Kol Ami, Kehilath Israel, Torah Learning Center, B’nai Jehudah, Ohev Sholom, New Reform Temple and Chabad.
  • HBHA has a gifted facilitator, a school psychologist, a nurse and two learning specialists serving students K-12.
  • Talmid, a free general and Jewish Studies after school tutoring program, is available to all students beginning in Grade 2.
  • Hebrew immersion language classes for all students K-12.
  • All HBHA students belong to an HBHA "Family” made up of students from each grade, K-12, and celebrate Shabbat and other holidays together at school. Children “grow” with their family throughout their HBHA years.
  • All HBHA students participate in “Mitzvah Bus” field trips doing community service projects around KC.