Student Life

Overview of Culture

Hillel’s mission—to inspire a passion for learning, responsibility to self and community, and devotion to Jewish living—reaches beyond our learning communities.
Our school calendar brims with experiential learning - trips to the farm, museum, and theater; interactions with members of our Jewish and greater Detroit community; and social action projects that expose students to real-life needs and the creative solutions that better the lives of others. All of our outings and field trips enhance classroom learning and deepen student understanding of subjects they are studying.

Our school culture emphasizes giving students every advantage for success. On any given afternoon, you will find children playing chess after school, competing in math tournaments, on stage, or in the art room. We offer a wide array of extracurriculars, performing arts opportunities, enrichments, athletics and multi-grade interactions to educate the whole child - academically, spiritually, socially and morally. These opportunities help our students to develop a rich, multi-dimensional identity.

As our students mature, experiential learning takes the shape of extended trips. Beginning in fifth grade, students enjoy Shabbatonim as a class, forging stronger bonds as they spend a joyous Shabbat together at school or at Tamarack Camps.

In seventh grade, students travel to Washington, D.C. where their studies of American History come alive in thrilling visits to iconic institutions in our nation's capital. Eighth graders celebrate the culmination of their Hillel studies with a two week trip to Israel and return inspired and transformed; the challenges and triumphs of Jewish history which they have encountered in their classes unfold before their very eyes. Wherever they travel, our students’ boundless excitement and curiosity never fail to astound our tour guides.


“Hillel is a gift I gave my children. They understand their heritage and faith, what it has meant to their parents and grandparents, and what it could mean to their own families one day.” 

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Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit
32200 Middlebelt Road | Farmington Hills, MI 48334