Jewish High-School­ers to Start Year in New Build­ing

The Jewish Voice - - EDUCATION -

When stu­dents re­turn on Aug. 29 to the Lubav­itch Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter in Mi­ami, a good num­ber of them will be trekking a lit­tle far­ther to school, set­tling into a new fa­cil­ity.

Girls from the Beis Chana High School, a di­vi­sion of the Lubav­itch Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter, will be housed in a 48,681-square-foot build­ing pur­chased by the cen­ter ear­lier this year at the cost of some $5 mil­lion. The new build­ing sits in an of­fice park a mile from the school’s cur­rent cam­pus and was pre­vi­ously used by a for-profit col­lege.

Ac­cord­ing to Rabbi Ben­zion Korf, the ed­u­ca­tional cen­ter’s head­mas­ter, it was an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for the 50-year-old school.

“There was sim­ply no more room,” he states. “Thank G d, ev­ery year we add about 100 more stu­dents, and we have lit­er­ally used ev­ery drop of space we have.”

Nearly 1,500 chil­dren from across the Jewish com­mu­nity at­tend the Lubav­itch Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter, which in­cludes sep­a­rate preschool and first-grade pro­grams; sep­a­rate boys’ and girls’ el­e­men­tary schools; and Beis Chana High School for Girls and Klur­man Me­sivta High School for Boys.

In ad­di­tion to a full cur­ricu­lum of He­brew and Jewish-stud­ies classes, stu­dents re­ceive com­pre­hen­sive in­struc­tion in lan­guage arts, math­e­mat­ics, science and so­cial stud­ies. The em­pha­sis is on dis­cov­er­ing, nur­tur­ing and chal­leng­ing each child’s la­tent po­ten­tial, ac­cord­ing to the school.

The boys’ high school is al­ready at a dif­fer­ent Mi­ami Beach lo­ca­tion, which also houses a post-high school pro­gram for rab­bini­cal stu­dents.

For the cur­rent year, only Beis Chana will be sit­u­ated in the new build­ing. The goal is for girls in both the el­e­men­tary and high schools to be there for the 2018-19 aca­demic year.

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