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Frequently asked questions

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Kehillah appear below.

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What does "Kehillah" mean?

Kehillah is a Hebrew word meaning “community.”

How many students attend Kehillah?

Kehillah’s student body has grown from 33 initial pioneering students to as high as 215 students in grades 9 through 12.

Where do Kehillah students come from?

Kehillah students come from as far north as San Francisco, as far south as Morgan Hill, and as far east as Fremont.

What are the advantages of a small high school?

Research indicates that student achievement increases with a high faculty to student ratio. Students are more active and engaged in the classroom, and student issues are more rapidly resolved. No one becomes lost in the crowd. The staff knows each student. Each is an essential contributor to the school community and receives individual attention. The individualized attention ensures that the student’s special interests and talents are identified, supported and nurtured. Individual challenges can also be more easily identified and addressed as needed. In addition, there is greater opportunity for leadership and a stronger role in sports and extracurricular activities.

How do students get to Kehillah?

Students travel to Kehillah by parent transport, train, and carpools. Kehillah helps parents form carpools via our online directory. For an additional fee, Kehillah also offers a shuttle to and from the Mountain View & Palo Alto Caltrain stations to meet students arriving from locations north and south.

Does Kehillah accept non-Jews?

Yes, Kehillah welcomes students of all backgrounds.

Will my student take Hebrew? Do you offer beginning Hebrew? Classes for fluent Hebrew speakers?

Kehillah has a very robust world languages program. Students choose the language to study in high school and may take Hebrew, Spanish, French, or Latin.  There are six levels of Hebrew classes, including an entry level class in beginning Hebrew, to meet the needs of new incoming students. Students already proficient in Hebrew have the choice of further advancing their Hebrew language and literature skills through courses taught in Hebrew such as Israeli Law and Society and Israeli Literature. Students must study a world language for a minimum of two years at Kehillah.

How diverse is Kehillah?

Many Kehillah students self-identify as multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-national.  Kehillah students are geographically, religiously, socio-economically, ethnically, racially and (among Jewish students) Jewishly diverse. Kehillah families come from the U.S. and Europe, the former Soviet Union, Israel, Latin America, Asia, Southeast Asia and North Africa. Many families affiliate with the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish movements, and others are of unaffiliated, inter-faith, secular, non-Jewish and no faith backgrounds. The faculty have historically been comprised of teachers from the US, Israel, South Africa, Argentina, Great Britain, Spain, France, and Canada.