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Akiba Academy

12324 Merit Drive
Dallas, TX 75251

Phone:
(214) 295-3400

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

Our curriculum at Akiba is an emergent process that emerges in collaboration between the teachers and the children. Through observation and documentation of the children's interests, growth, and development, teachers plan for each child to deepen their thoughts and understanding about how the world works. Teachers set up the environment so that children are encouraged to be risk-takers and to always be asking deeper questions and seeking the answers.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • A compete writing/communication center
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Games and small toys that encourage one to one correspondence, matching, sorting, number sense
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • A beautiful campus with lots to discover about the natural world, sand and water tables for exploration
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music enrichment classes
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught As a Jewish Early Childhood Program, children at Akiba experience an environment that is rich in Judaic content that is completely integrated into the school day. Jewish holidays, prayer, and Hebrew language are all taught at Akiba.

From the Director:

At Akiba we feel that children are all incredibly unique, infinitely valuable, and equal to others. They are born with a sense of wonder, and as teachers it is our responsibility to nurture their passion to wonder. Our curriculum at Akiba is an emergent process that emerges in collaboration between the teachers and the children. Through observation and documentation of the children's interests, growth, and development, teachers plan for each child to deepen their thoughts and understanding about how the world works. Teachers set up the environment so that children are encouraged to be risk-takers and to always be asking deeper questions and seeking the answers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Because of our low teacher/child ratios, teachers can develop close relationships with each child so that they know and understand who they are and how each child learns. Through ongoing observation and documentation of the children's learning and growth, teachers can best plan for the growth, development, and learning styles for each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Akiba Academy provides a superior general and Judaic education to children preschool through eighth grade. As a Modern Orthodox school, Akiba develops ethical and responsible members of the Jewish people and American society, knowledgeable about and committed to their Jewish Heritage and the State of Israel.

A Typical Day

We offer part time and full time options for parents. Our core program runs from 8:30 - 12:30. During that time children have time to work in centers, outdoor play, snack time, and lunch time. Older children participate in circle time/meeting time and all children have small group opportunities. Throughout the week children also are enriched by our professional music teacher, P.E. teacher, Art Director, and Librarian. Toddlers staying after 12:30 take a nap, while 3 year olds and 4 years olds participate in daily enrichment opportunities (Math, Science, Cooking, Woodworking, Drama, Literature, and more). Three year olds and 4 year olds who stay past 2:00 rest or nap until 3:30. And all those staying after 3:30 have free choice until they are picked up, no later than 6:00.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Weekly newsletters by your child's teacher, progress reports twice a year, parent/teacher conferences twice a year or more often if necessary, parent education opportunities, family programs, and frequent contact with your child's teacher.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Infant and Toddler parents receive home visits by their child's teacher. All parents are invited for Meet the Teachers Night before school starts. The first day of school is an orientation day; the children come to school for an hour with their parents and leave after that hour. From then on the children can begin to come to school for their regular day without their parents. We have school counselors available for parents who are having a difficult time separating.