"We believe that education is not just about content and skills. It’s about developing ethical and passionate young people capable, ready, and committed to contributing to the world and living lives of meaning and purpose, guided by Jewish tradition and values. At the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (BCHA) Upper School, we are relentlessly committed to providing this type of education to each and every one of our students."
The BCHA Upper School was established in 2018 as the result of the merger between Bi-Cultural Day School and the Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC). JHSC was founded in 2010 as a school dedicated to bringing together students with diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences both educationally and culturally.
In line with the BCHA mission to “make every student and family in our community feel welcome,” our Upper School continues to pride itself on its diverse yet cohesive student body. All Jewish students, regardless of affiliation or background, are welcome and encouraged to apply.
We strive to create a community of Jewish teens who learn together, who learn about one another, and who forge connections that will extend beyond the confines of our classrooms. Our student body—from 12 different communities throughout Connecticut and Westchester County and from 22 different feeder schools, both public and private—comes together to form a warm, inclusive, and supportive environment of friends and learners.
We are a small school, with no cliques or "in group"/"out group" issues. Students develop very strong friendships in addition to feeling part of a large family, with students from across grades sharing classes and free time.
The BCHA Upper School offers a rigorous academic program with a focus on developing skills of critical reasoning and argumentation while engaging students in advanced academic content.
A dual curriculum of general and Judaic studies provides the ability to develop knowledge, skills, curiosity, and passion on both sides of the curriculum, and we provide numerous opportunities to deepen the academic experience through electives and broad offerings of honors, AP (Advanced Placement), and university-level courses (UConn Early College Experience).
BCHA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) and is a member of the Prizmah Jewish Day School Network, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).
Within the faculty, teachers have rabbinical degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees. The BCHA Upper School is proud of its teaching ratio of one faculty member for every three students. View our faculty and see what they teach.
We currently offer:
English Language & Composition
English Literature & Composition
U.S. Government and Politics
For the 2018–2019 school year:
Number of exams given: 17
% scores of 3 or above: 100%
1 AP Scholar
3 AP Scholars with Distinction
Following are the mean scores for last year's graduating class:
ACT Composite: 32
SAT Composite: 1560
We provide free SAT/ACT courses for all of our students within the school day.
The regular school day runs from 8:15 am to 3:35 pm (1:15 pm on Fridays). Students may opt for additional electives from 3:35 pm to 4:25 pm.
All general studies courses meet seven times over 10 school days. Class blocks are in 50-minute increments. Judaic studies and Hebrew language classes meet eight times over 10 school days for 45 minutes each.
Tefillah (prayer) takes place at the start of each school day (with various options, including a traditional minyan, an explanatory group, and a discussion group) and mid-afternoon.
Each day, students have a 30-minute lunch period and a 25-minute flex period, during which time teachers have office hours and students can collaborate with each other, do schoolwork, or participate in clubs and other ongoing programs and activities.
Each year since 2014, one of our students has been selected for an internship with Discovery to Cure—offered by Yale in collaboration with NIH, the leading center for women’s reproductive cancer research and treatment.
In the last three years, every single graduate of BCHA was accepted to their first choice of schools and received some form of merit-based scholarship.
Four of our students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists.
Our students have been published in academia.edu, and their work has been cited by other papers nine times.
We are proud of our graduates and their stellar college acceptance records. In the last two years, every one of our graduates has been accepted to their top choice university, all with some form of merit scholarship.
Note: In addition to a robust program of college guidance, BCHA Upper School also has a gap year advisor to help guide students interested in spending a gap year studying in Israel before beginning university.
Follow are our students' college acceptances (2011–2019) with bold type indicating schools at which our graduates matriculated:
Bar Ilan University
Bay Path University
Case Western Reserve University
Franklin and Marshall College
George Washington University
ITT Technical Institute, Norwood
Long Island University
New York University
Pennsylvania State University
Rhode Island College
Rabbinical College of America
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Southern Connecticut State University
State University of New York, Albany
State University of New York, Binghamton
University of Arizona
University of California, Davis
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Connecticut, Stamford
University of Connecticut, Storrs
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of New Hampshire
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rhode Island
University of Toronto
University of Vermont
Washington University in St. Louis