17701 Devonshire Street, Northridge
- Special Section
Heschel, an educational community grounded in Jewish values, is located on three acres in the North San Fernando Valley. Founded as a grassroots operation in 1972 by a group of visionary families, the school’s Northridge campus was established in 1979 and today serves nearly 375 students in transitional-kindergarten through eighth grade.
How does family involvement make Heschel a better place?
“Heschel emphasizes working in close partnership with our families. We believe the key to success lies in a strong relationship between students, teachers, parents and administrators. Heschel’s active parent organization is comprised of every current parent in our school and is responsible for a variety of community-building events.”
What are Heschel’s academic strengths?
“Our classrooms are rich with student-centered, inquiry-based instruction designed to encourage cross-curricular exploration. Students are challenged intellectually and creatively, all while developing personal character and empathy for others. Heschel teachers are passionate about fostering every student’s academic and personal growth and draw inspiration from every learner’s innate curiosity.”
What do students love most about Heschel?
“What stands out for our students is the sense of community, the strong bonds they have with their teachers and administrators, the iconic grade-level projects and class trips they enjoy each year, as well as the amazing lifelong friendships fostered during their time at Heschel.”
Tell us about your extracurricular programs.
“In third through eighth grades, our Feit Electric-sponsored robotics team, the RoboHawks, participates in the VEX IQ robotics league and the FIRST LEGO League. At the FIRST LEGO League 2018 Los Angeles Championship tournament, Heschel earned first place for our project presentation of an innovative solution to challenges associated with space travel. As a result of the team’s exceptional achievements, Heschel will be one of four teams from the U.S. competing this spring at the World Festival, an international competition in Uruguay.”
How does your school make our community a better place?
“Heschel creates an environment in which learning carries an imperative of moral action, celebrating diversity and promoting an open mindset to help others. Every grade level participates in relevant and developmentally appropriate projects to understand concepts and live their meaning. A highlight includes our eighth-graders’ Capstone project called Avodat HaLev (Work of the Heart), where students conduct interviews of Holocaust survivors—motivating them to consider how they can contribute to making the world around them a better place.”