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General Studies

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy offers elective courses both on campus—based on student preference, as outlined here and in the individual discipline sections above—as well as online. Online courses are offered in partnership with VHS Learning, a group of schools worldwide that use collaborative e-learning to afford students a wider variety of courses. Around 100 schools in Connecticut alone, as well as schools in more than 30 other countries, are members of VHS.

Through VHS, we are able to offer more than 300 elective courses. In past years, our students have taken a variety of offerings including AP Music Theory, Business and Personal Law, Forensic Science, Computer Animation, Psychology of Crime, Screenwriting Fundamentals, Investing in the Stock Market, Oceanography, World Religions, Entrepreneurship, Shakespeare in Films, Twentieth Century Women Authors, Journalism in the Digital Age, Art History, Web Design, and Poetry Writing.

VHS is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional accrediting body equal to our own accrediting agency, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. VHS courses are equally as rigorous as “brick-and-mortar” classes, and instructors use assessments such as essays, tests, quizzes, portfolios, journals, group projects, and class discussions, with specific due dates and scheduled deadlines for assignments and activities. Additionally, the College Board has approved 21 VHS courses as Advanced Placement, which are recognized college-level courses.

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (like all VHS-affiliated schools) has an on-site VHS coordinator who monitors each student's progress to make sure learning goals are being met and the students are keeping up with their work.

In addition to the VHS courses, Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy offers the following additional on-campus electives (some of which are also listed within their individual departments):

Subject Levels
Art History
Business Math*
Computer Science*
Creative Writing
Environmental Science*
Environmental Science*ECE
AP Environmental Science*AP
Engineering 1*Honors
Engineering 2*Honors
History of the Holocaust*Regular
History of American Judaism*Regular
AP Microeconomics*AP
AP Macroeonomics*AP
Organic ChemistryHonors
AP PsychologyAP
Strategic Financial ManagementRegular
Studio ArtRegular

* Courses offered during the current school year