Curriculum

Hebrew Foundation School is a community of committed learners striving for excellence, creativity and innovative education. Teachers apply the relevant concepts through differentiated instruction that allows our children to learn in a manner that respects their various stages of development and individual learning styles. Our students learn, explore and engage through hands-on, active learning experiences.




French

HFS offers a full French immersion program, providing more hours of French study than other immersion schools. Core subjects including Math, Science and Geography are all taught in French beginning in Kindergarten. Through this immersion in the language, our students have an outstanding rate of success in their French language exams and at the high school level.

Section Française

Serving children who do not have government eligibility for mainstream education in English, the Section Française program provides three additional hours of French instruction in Kindergarten, three and a half hours extra of French in Grades 4-6 and the Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program in French. In Grades 1-3, all children receive only one hour of English Language Arts per week.

English

Following the Ministry of Education curriculum, we begin offering English Language studies from Kindergarten to Grade 3, increasing the number of hours at the Grade 4 level. Many of our students have been awarded prizes and recognition in national essay writing competitions.


Mathematics

HFS follows the Defi-Math program, known province-wide for teaching students how to think critically while solving mathematical problems. Logic games and chess form an essential component of our program. Our students excel in Math, having consistently scored in the top percentiles in the Mathematics nation-wide exams. In 2015, HFS placed 16th out of 979 participating schools across Canada in the Grade 6 Mathematica Centrum Competition and 18th out of 728 for Grade 5.

Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Following the innovative, full Hebrew immersion TaL AM program (which three HFS teachers developed the curriculum for and which is now used in over 500 schools across the world), our students excel in conversational and written Hebrew. Through meaningful experiences and explorations, they are exposed to the vast world of Jewish culture, customs and history, instilling a strong sense of Jewish identity.

Arts, Dance and Music

Our students are exposed to the Arts starting from Kindergarten. Dance is a unique and diverse program that teaches students to embrace music and movement. Our Visual Arts program introduces children to a multitude of mediums and our Music program exposes them to all forms of music and provides both technical and engaging instruction.


Physical Education

Students participate in Physical Education classes twice weekly for 45-minutes in our fully-equipped 4,300 square foot gymnasium.



Getting to know HFS


Defi-Math Program

HFS follows the Defi-Math program, known province-wide for teaching students how to think critically while solving mathematical problems. Logic games and chess form an essential component of the program. Our students excel in Math, having consistently scored in the top percentiles in the Mathematics nation-wide exams. In 2015, HFS placed 16th out of 979 participating schools across Canada in the Grade 6 Mathematica Centrum Competition and 18th out of 728 for Grade 5.

Reggio-Emilia Inspired Approach

HFS is the only school in the Montreal-area with a Reggio-Emilia inspired approach to Kindergarten. Celebrated as the best form of early childhood education in the world by Newsweek Magazine, Reggio Emilia offers an innovative approach to teaching and the learning process that is based on the developmental stages of children. Students gain a strong foundation in critical-thinking, self-expression, language and analysis.


Student Services Team

The Student Services Team meets once a week to ensure that every single student in the school is achieving age-appropriate academic, emotional, physical, behavioural and social development. The team includes the Principal, Director of Student Services, Early Intervention Specialist, School Counselor, Social Development Educator and speech and occupational therapists.


Social Development Educator

A Social Development Educator provides support to students in the schoolyard during every single recess and lunch period to ensure positive social experiences for all children, and teach conflict resolution and leadership skills.


Section Française

HFS has a Section Française for children that do not have Eligibility for Instruction in English.

Special Education Program

HFS runs a Special Education program accredited by the Vanguard School for students with assessed learning disabilities at no extra cost and within the regular school day/environment.


Psycho-Social Programs

Every student participates in specialized psycho-social programs that focus on empathy, improving social skills, conflict resolution and teaching strategies to build healthy relationships.


French Immersion Program

HFS offers a full French Immersion program, providing more hours of French study than in other immersion schools.


TaL AM

Three HFS Hebrew teachers helped develop the innovative TaL AM Judaic curriculum that is now being used in over 500 schools worldwide, including at HFS.



Academic Achievements


HFS annually ranks above the national average in all three of the Mathematica Centrum Math Contests in which over 60,000 students participate from across the country.


Graduates of HFS receive a comparatively high number of distinctions, awards and honours at the high school level in English, French, Math and Sciences, as well as for leadership and community service.


Administrators from schools in Kazakhstan and Brazil visited HFS to gain insight that would help them improve their pedagogical practices in running a trilingual immersion school. HFS was recommended for its expertise in this area by Dr. Fred Genesee, the Chair of the Department of Psych-Linguistics at McGill University and one of the world’s experts in the field of language acquisition.

Five staff members at HFS have been recognized as the Montreal Laureate of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education.


HFS is continually recognized at the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. Countless of our students have placed in the Quebec Regional Division and many have been awarded gold, silver and bronze at the International Level.


HFS students write their exams at the highest Langue Maternelle level and consistently rank above the national average, even though their studies are done at the French Immersion level.