Founded in 1958 by Rabbi Jacob Segal z"l and other leaders in the Detroit Jewish community, Hillel Day School began with a handful of students and their parents who were pioneers in the Conservative day school movement. The group worked tirelessly to turn their dream of a Jewish day school into a reality, and a wonderful legacy began. Today, Hillel is a thriving educational institution located in Farmington Hills, Michigan with 585 students from pre-school through eighth grade and more than 1,700 alumni. The school welcomes Jewish children from all Jewish affiliations.
In 2006, the school completed a $4.5 million expansion with the construction of a regulation-size gym, theater, dressing room, lobby, and accounting and Advancement offices. This construction project directly addressed our continued commitment to educating the whole child, as well as our commitment to the future. In 2012, through a generous grant, Hillel fully integrated technology into its educational program, including 1:1 technology for fifth through eighth graders.
In the fall of 2008, reflecting the changing nature of North American Jewry, the Board of Trustees voted to operate Hillel as a community Jewish day school. Following that vote, the Board approved a revised mission statement and reaffirmed Hillel Day School’s core Jewish values. Hillel continues to thrive. We are truly the only Jewish Day School in this region, and one of the few in the nation committed to preserving Jewish peoplehood through a rich and meaningful Jewish education while embracing an authentic and vigorous general education for the modern age. We create a sense of community in our school that extends to the home, synagogue and the world around us.
In response to the changing demographic needs of our community, the Board of Trustees approved expanding the scope of Hillel’s educational program to include an early childhood center. In the fall of 2010, Hillel’s state-of-the-art early childhood center opened. Today, there are 160 students in the ECC, with plans to expand in time for the 2019 school year.
Hillel’s faculty includes approximately 100 full time and part time employees, some of whom have been teaching at the school for over 25 years. While the school is clearly an educational institution, the interdependency between staff and parents creates a warm, friendly community for everyone.
Two major gifts in 2015 facilitated the completion of Hillel's top-to-bottom renovation. All educational learning communities now reflect the school's mission to deliver an inspiring, modern curriculum to students in an environment where they can master skills in creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking, relevant skills that will help them succeed in the world they are inheriting. The first phase of Hillel's renovation included an Innovation Hub, greenhouse, new art, science and music rooms, as well as the new miznon (cafe) and mercaz, or heart of the school. The renovation of the upstairs 7-8 wing followed. It now integrates disciplines and responds to middle-grade students' desire for self-directed study, creativity, and flexibility. Subsequent gifts resulted in the creation of our new kindergarten, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 learning communities, designed with the understanding that one's environment has a direct impact on motivation and achievement. We have just completed our 60th year, and are excited about the next 60!
Hillel is accredited by ISACS (Independent School Association of Central States) and is a member of the community day school organization, Prizmah, NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), ISM (Independent School Management), and EdLeader21, a national network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4Cs (Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity) into education. Our ECC is NAEYC-accredited. Hillel Day School does not discriminate in violation of the law.