Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom 


Field Trips

Field trips provide a wonderful way to enrich and support the elementary program. Trips are curriculum related, and are planned by the classroom teachers and administrators to enhance the classroom experience, take advantage of community offerings, and provide opportunities for student growth and independence in alternative settings. Parents play an important role as chaperones on field trips. Beginning in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade, students participate in several day trips throughout the year from the La Brea Tar Pits to Underwood Family Farms. Grades 3-5 also participate in an overnight trip related to the grade level social studies curriculum. In the Middle School, 6th grade students spend three days in El Capitan while our 7th graders explore Catalina Island - by land and sea.


Elementary school students visit the California Science Center after studying real Moon Rocks from NASA and enjoy a tour through the Endeavour Together exhibit before stopping by the Big Lab for some hands-on fun!

Community Service

Social action plays a big role in Heschel's curriculum, both inside the classroom and out.  Creating the Elementary School vegetable garden is part of Project Chesed (loving-kindness), a schoolwide program in which each grade level embraces a Jewish value and partners with an organization to fulfill "a joy of giving," tzedakah.  Middle School students volunteer at a local food pantry, visit the elderly, clean up the Los Angeles River, and more, while Elementary School students assist organizations that support guide dogs, fire fighters, and natural resources. 


Our students collect thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and produce each year for our Shavuot Fruit Drive!  

The LA/Tel Aviv Partnership

Each year, members of our 8th grade participate in a program with our partner school, A.D. Gordon in Tel Aviv. Heschel and A. D. Gordon have been partners for eleven years and were two of the original eight participating schools. There are currently 36 schools in the Partnership Twinning Program, 18 in Tel Aviv and 18 in Los Angeles.


Heschel students visit our A. D. Gordon friends. They spent time the A. D. Gordon campus, explored Tel Aviv, Masada, Ein Gedi, The Dead Sea, visited the Bar Ilan Sports Center for the Disabled, the Olympic Musem, and so much more!


Students who do not select Israel as their 8th grade trip visit the East Coast.





"Life becomes infinitely more meaningful and wonderful when lived in community."


--Rabbi Mordechai Kaplan

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Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School
17701 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 91325-1213 (818) 368-5781