(West Hartford, CT)—Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE) now is expanding its boarding program to make its educational program available to a larger pool of students. Bringing together the best features of a college prep school, HHNE has earned a strong reputation over the last 18 years for providing a rigorous general studies education, enriching extra-curricular activities, and an engaging Judaic studies program. The school’s boarding program is designed so interested students from throughout New England can now attend and benefit.
Ever since HHNE first opened its doors nearly two decades ago, the school has welcomed young men and women from New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Israel as boarding students. According to Shimmy Trencher, HHNE’s Dean of Students, “Since it’s inception, students from out-of-town have boarded with local families in order to attend HHNE. The experience of coming to HHNE and boarding here is really transformative. We’re excited to welcome more of these students to our school.”
In recent years, HHNE has moved to a new campus, has expanded its programs, and has enrolled a diverse student body. The campus sits on 11-acres of beautifully-wooded land adjacent to the Park River and down the road from the University of Hartford, and the student body now represents 17 different public, private and Jewish day schools from nearly 40 cities and towns. Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated students all are welcomed at the school, and HHNE has a beginners’ Judaic studies program for academically and spiritually curious students with limited Judaic backgrounds.
For students living too far to commute daily, the boarding program provides the necessary resources to make attendance at HHNE a reality. Based on a “home stay” model, the admissions department works hand-in-hand with the student and parents/guardians to find the perfect fit with a local family. Boarding students benefit from HHNE’s exceptional academic program and full range of extra-curricular activities, and they also are provided with the unique opportunity to develop their independent living skills while being part of a “second family.” Together, HHNE and the boarding family provide care and support to ensure the student’s academic, social, and emotional success.
Shoshi Taube, a 2009 graduate who is now preparing for medical school, was able to attend HHNE because of its boarding program. “At the time that I started high school, moving was not an option for my family, and boarding made it possible for me to attend HHNE,” says Shoshi. “Personally, had I not gone to the school, I would never have received as great an education. The boarding program gave me the chance to attend and become who I am today.”