General Studies Program


Learning at LIHA is an authentic experience whether in reading, writing, science, mathematics, social studies, music, or art. Students participate in real educational experiences that emerge from a meaningful and purposeful context, rather than in activities that act as preparation for real life and learning outside of school, or later on in life.

For example, children are encouraged to envision themselves as writers and do what writers do — write regularly, edit their pieces, read them to others to get feedback, rewrite, publish, and celebrate their stories. In this context, they learn to spell, understand grammar, and construct sentences, paragraphs, and essays. In this way, children are inspired to learn because these are the skills writers need to have — there is a visible purpose that children recognize and can appreciate. In math children learn to strategize and problem-solve as mathematicians do, while also learning to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. While studying English texts, like Jewish texts, children are encouraged to decode words and comprehend them, but also to take text apart, ask questions, read or hear other people's ideas, and interpret and create meaning from the text for their own lives.

The idea of authentic studies is partly that students participate in real educational experiences that are in a meaningful and purposeful context...rather than in activities that are a preparation for real life and learning later on as adults.

In addition to subject-based inquiry in areas like Hebrew, Math, Writing, and Reading, students engage in a series of exciting interdisciplinary units of study each year, taking a subject and exploring it from a variety of perspectives, with particular focus on Science, Social Studies, and Art.

Our outstanding general education program is further enriched by our commitment to the arts and movement. Students regularly participate in various visual art and musical projects, workshops, or activities, and throughout the course of the year have a chance to explore drama and dance as well. Weekly physical education classes emphasize fitness, sports, and team building.