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Hebrew English charter school taking applications in Pinellas



From a press release: Ben Gamla Charter School, the nation’s first Hebrew English Charter School, will be opening in Pinellas County this August!  Many parents are excited that a Hebrew Charter School has arrived in Pinellas County. “This is an amazing opportunity to give my child a dual language Hebrew-English education that can benefit him in so many ways,” said Yali Maisel. Ben Gamla Charter School will be located in Clearwater at 1685 South Belcher Road and will include kindergarten through fifth grade. The hours are 8 am to 2:30 pm and after care will be available. Applications to Ben Gamla Pinellas County are being taken from now until January 20th.

If more students apply then there are spaces available, a lottery will determine which students will be able to enter the school. There is an Open House scheduled for Monday, January 23rd at 6:30pm at the school’s site.

Dr. Jayme Joslyn, who is the Principal of Ben Gamla Pinellas County worked as an Assistant Principal at Seminole High School, a special education specialist at Tyrone Middle School and at the Pinellas County Jewish Day School.  Dr. Joslyn noted, “Ben Gamla Charter School integrates Hebrew instruction giving our students a useful tool in our global society. The first Ben Gamla opened in Hollywood, Florida in 2007 which has maintained an A grade since 2008. There are now schools in Plantation, Boynton Beach, and Kendall. The vision of Ben Gamla Charter Schools is to create a community of learners that honor individual student needs, varied modalities of instruction, and nurtures character traits that help to develop good citizenship. Ben Gamla Charter School provides a safe environment for innovative instructional practices that continuously light the path toward maximum student achievement and personal growth. Ben Gamla provides Hebrew language, history, and culture; differentiated instruction; positive behavior support; character education; loving and nurturing environment; high quality teachers; student-centered approach; varied modalities of instruction; parent and family programs; and much more.” Charter schools are tuition free. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:00pm]


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