Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy enrolls approximately 200 students in grades K–12, drawn from communities all over the Greater Kansas City Metro area.
HBHA maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio of 17:1 (maximum) for any class.
Children need to be 5 years old by August 31 of the enrollment year in order to enroll in the Kindergarten class.
Our typical school day for grades K-12 is 7:55 am - 3:40 pm, Monday-Thursday, and 7:55 am - 2:50 pm on Friday, in preparation for Shabbat. HBHA opens its doors at 7:30 am. Beginning at 7:40 am, administrators and faculty greet students on the HBHA circle drive and Lower School students are supervised in the halls. Classrooms open at 7:45 am. Formal learning begins at 7:55 am.
Students in the Lower and Middle schools have a formal dress code, which includes school uniforms. Upper School students must abide by school guidelines for appropriate dress.
Click here for HBHA's Parent/Student Handbook, which contains Dress Code information for all school divisions
One of the most wonderful aspects of HBHA is our diverse population – our students, parents and staff represent the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, levels of Jewish knowledge and levels of home observance. We foster an environment of mutual respect in which we appreciate differences and learn from each other. To help our students more fully embrace their Jewish connection, we offer a dual-track Jewish Studies program. For more information on our Jewish Studies program, and how it can meet your family's needs, please click here.
No, it's not too late! We welcome lateral entry students (entering 1st to 11th grades) to the school who may not have a strong Hebrew and Jewish Studies background. In the summer prior to the student's start at HBHA, families are strongly encouraged to arrange one-on-one or small group Hebrew tutoring with HBHA-referred tutors. During the school year students are provided Hebrew and Jewish Studies resource assistance during the school day.
HBHA students experience a variety of special classes as part of their curriculum:
- Lower School students have general and Jewish music classes, PE, computers, art and library on a regular basis.
- Middle School students have a larger selection of electives including PE, art, robotics, computers, choir, band, drama and Jewish Studies.
- Upper School students have an even wider variety of electives from which to choose, based on their interests.
HBHA students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of extracurricular sports and clubs for various ages. HBHA offers Talmid, a free after-school, teacher-supervised homework and tutoring program to all students in grades 2-12. Additionally, the Jewish Community Center, which is housed on the same campus as HBHA, offers after school child care, sports and arts activities in which HBHA students may participate.
Students bring dairy or pareve (non-meat, non-dairy) lunches and snacks from home. A Vaad HaKashrut supervised kosher dairy box lunch option is offered three days a week through HBHA's PTO-run Ram's Cafe. Middle and Upper School students may purchase snacks and lunch daily from Ram's Cafe. Additionally, approximately quarterly, the Upper School Student Council offers hot dog, latke, or pizza lunch fundraisers.
HBHA's Lunch/Snack Policy
Dairy/Pareve Lunch Ideas
List of accepted Kosher Symbols
HBHA is committed to maintaining an economically diverse community and we have a confidential Financial Assistance process. Families may apply for need-based Financial Assistance to learn if they qualify for reduced tuition.
Yes. HBHA welcomes students who fit into one of the following categories to apply:
- A child who is being raised Jewish by two Jewish parents/legal guardians (birth or conversion).
- A child who is being raised Jewish by one Jewish parent/legal guardian in either a single parent/guardian or interfaith household (birth or conversion).
- A child whose parent(s)/family is in the process of conversion. This family will have joined a local congregation and are sponsored by a recognized rabbinic authority.