School at a Glance…
Ann & Nate Levine Academy is a private, Jewish, co-educational school for students 3 months through eighth grade. Levine began in 1979 as the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, a Conservative day school started by Congregation Shearith Israel, and was housed at the synagogue until 1997. In 2005, Solomon Schechter formally separated from Shearith Israel and was renamed Ann & Nate Levine Academy – A Solomon Schechter School.
Levine Academy is a Conservative Jewish school. About 50% of the families are Conservative; however, every type of observance is recognized and respected, including interfaith families. The school is kosher and has an optional lunch plan. Students can bring parve and dairy lunches and snacks from home. There are about 400 students at Levine. Levine has a campus rabbi on staff (who teaches), as well as a full-time nurse. Additionally, there are learning specialists at every level.
Levine Academy’s Early Childhood Center offers Baby & Me, Toddler & Me, and Parent & Me classes and playgroups for children from 3 – 24 months. A full educational program for children begins at 3 months and extends from Infants through Pre-kindergarten. Younger students experience a developmental curriculum and attend enrichment classes like music, library, and PE. Jewish values and holidays are integrated into the curriculum from the earliest age, and the formal Hebrew immersion program begins in the 3 year old and Pre-K classes.
In the Beck Lower school ( K – 4th ), grades generally have 2 classes with a maximum of 16 students in each class. Learning is differentiated in Math, English and Hebrew, with an on-level and advanced group. The day is broken up into English and Jewish studies (60/40). Enrichment classes include music, PE, information technology, and art. Spanish is offered after school. Levine Academy’s Early Childhood Center and Beck Lower School were entirely renovated during the summer of 2013. New additions include a Discovery Center offering a new science curriculum for early childhood students, a Home Science class where cooking is at the forefront, and a new playground that includes outdoor art, music and nature classrooms, amongst other new features.
In middle school, each 6th and 7th grader has an Individual Learning Plan, which notes strengths and weaknesses, special interests, and learning styles. School trips begin in middle school. The program culminates with a two and a half week trip to Israel for the 8th grade students. Levine’s Director of Judaic Studies, who has been at the school for 30 years, plans and goes on the Israel trip every year. Beginning in 5th grade, students can choose to take general music or band (concert, honor, or lab). School team sports start in the 5th grade. Counseling begins in the fall to prepare 8th grade students for the high school admissions process. 100% of the students end up at their 1st choice school. About a third of the 8th graders decide to attend Yavneh, the Jewish high school in Dallas.
Basis for Admissions:
- Parent tour and interview
- Student visit
- Teacher recommendations
- Previous grades
- Standardized test scores
- CATS testing for Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants
- Onsite testing for 2nd-4th grade applicants
- ISEE testing for 5th-8th grade applicants
- Ranges from $ 800 – $ 22,250
For more information about Levine Academy, click here to visit the school’s website.