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Local High School Achieves NEASC Accreditation

Hebrew High School of New England, located in West Hartford, was granted accreditation for the next 10 years.

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Submitted by Hebrew High School of New England

At its February meeting, The Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), has voted to grant accreditation to the Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE), in West Hartford.

Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, Head of School, commented, “I am delighted that NEASC recognized the high quality of our holistic educational program. Looking forward, the accreditation process has given us a useful framework for building on this excellent foundation.”

Accreditation is for ten years, and it will require the filing of an extensive two-year report in which the school must comment on the recommendations made by the Visiting Committee that spent three days at HHNE in November 2014.   That visit was the culmination of an intensive, one and a half year Self-Study process that involved HHNE teachers, staff, and students.  As part of the Self-Study process, the school produced a large report assessing every aspect of the school and its operations.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., was founded in 1885, and it is the nation’s oldest accrediting association, serving more than 2, 000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six New England states and American International schools in more than sixty nations worldwide.  It is characterized by a commitment to establishing and maintaining high standards for all levels of education (pre-k to doctoral level). NEASC accreditation uses self-reflection, peer review and best practices as integral components of its assessment process.

Dr. Richard Nabel, Head of General Studies said, “I am excited by the news and extremely pleased that the hard work and determination of the faculty has been recognized. I am also deeply grateful for the amazing work done by Dr. Brian Clark and Dr. Nicole Brackman in facilitating the accreditation Self-Study.”

HHNE is a co-educational, college preparatory, Jewish High School that inspires a new generation of Jewish leaders who think critically, behave ethically and embrace learning and Jewish tradition.

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