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About Us

Our students are active learners. We showcase core math skills used in planning the design, extensive background reading of historical cities, a dedicated work ethic involving multiple drafts and peer input, use of technological tools, and an impressive understanding of planning.

Children at Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy do not just memorize content and learn isolated skills; rather they apply core curriculum to real world problems in a way that demands focus, attention to detail, careful revision, collaborative work, and creativity. These are all skills that living in the 21st century requires.

Our approach to education is both simple and unique: learning core content andskills in the context of authentic experiential thematic-units. This approach draws students in and invites their participation. We rarely hear questions like, “Why are we learning this?” or “Do I have to know this for the test?” Our students learn content and skills as they become scientists, writers, dancers, actors, active citizens, historians, painters, cultural researchers, graphic designers, architects, and singers. What more could you want for your children as they prepare for the next step in their education, as well as their future lives as adults?

The Reggio Emilia Approach inspires our early childhood classes and paves the way for these cognitive adventures. Through creative play, art projects, and other “languages” of learning, our youngest students are joyfully discovering how to explore concepts and frame knowledge. This ability to develop their own ideas, think critically, and explore continues throughout the grades and throughout our many learning experiences and expeditions.

But don’t take my word for it... I invite you to visit our vibrant school! See us in action and be drawn in by the excitement of our teachers and students alike. Be captivated by our students as they become so engrossed in their work they don’t want to stop. Find yourself wishing that you could again be in school again…

We look forward to meeting you and exploring how your family can become part of Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy family.

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Message from our Administrators

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR

We are committed to creating a warm, friendly, and happy environment for your child. On this website, you will find important information and useful tips to maximize your child’s positive experience and personal development and growth at Esformes Hebrew Academy.

Welcome to our school family. We’re so glad you’re here.

Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Chani Ezagui
Director

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

 I have two primary goals for Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy:

  1. Provide the best possible educational opportunities for our students in the context of our special brand of experiential education; and
  2. Position ourselves as regional and national leaders in experiential education.

At Chabad Esformes Hebrew Academy, students are engaged and captivated by hands-on learning experiences. Learning through direct experience allows children to actively master skills. It brings their learning to life.

Walk into any classroom and you'll see hands raised, small groups assembled, and presentations underway. You'll find teachers creating collaborative partnerships with students, encouraging them to discover and connect. You'll observe children engaged in meaningful hands-on projects that build skills and excite creativity.

You'll also see classrooms that are without children because the class has taken their learning into the field. We believe learning happens everywhere: in our classrooms, in the city, in the wilderness, on a walk around the neighborhood, or at the local farmers' market. 

For early childhood students, experiential learning could mean creating and running their own grocery market.  Preschool, kindergarten, first, and second graders might tag Monarch butterflies and contribute their research to national institutions. Third graders might research, imagine, and plan a model community, while eighth graders navigate The Tiger Bay Forest performing field ecology research. Second graders might stage a play about opening a “Lemonade Stand”, complete with song, dance, and handmade crafts, as kindergartners work on animal habitats to record observations of plant growth in their science journals.

We draw on many different educational sources.  It's not hard to see that our teachers and students benefit from the educational beliefs and practices of Jean Piaget (Constructivist Education), John Dewey (Progressive Education), and Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia).  We are always looking to learn about and practice what works best for children and fosters their connection and involvement with the curriculum.

Student involvement and immersion in the curriculum promotes a deep understanding of subjects and engenders a life-long passion for learning.  There are many dimensions to our experiential education pedagogy that makes it so successful.  

In Peace,

Selena Bowe

Principal

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Area Information

Our school is located in the small Florida town of Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach. We are approximately half way between Jacksonville and Orlando, and we are the only Chabad Elementary and Middle School in Central Florida.

Volusia County is full of unique events and places that we take advantage of in our curriculum. The Sunshine State often reminds people of the beach! Here, you can drive your car right onto the beach thanks to the history of beach racing. The races have since moved out to the Daytona International Speedway, and the three notable races we host are: Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400, and the Rolex 24 Hour race. Daytona also is home to two major motorcycle events: Bike Week in February and Biketoberfest in October.

Our school seizes every opportunity to teach and that starts with appreciating what is right around you!

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