About Akiva School

afterschool-akivaAkiva School is a high performing, K-6 academic institution and a leader among Jewish Day schools in the South. Akiva’s mission is to pursue excellence, foster critical inquiry and inspire informed Jewish living. Akiva graduates are consistently accepted into the most selective private middle and high-schools, as well as the magnet options, and are recognized as leaders in both character and academic achievement. Akiva graduates are known as leaders in their school communities as well as the greater Nashville community.

The rigorous curricula in both General and Judaic Studies challenge students to analyze, investigate, question, and to take risks. Classes include but are not limited to: mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, Jewish Studies, Hebrew language, music, dance, art, and physical education. We are consistently praised for their ability to articulate their own thoughts as well as listen and learn from their peers’ opinions. In 2012, over 30% of our 5th and 6th grade students scored above the 95th percentile on their annual standardized math test, compared to the 4% of students in independent schools nationally who scored in this range. Many students graduate Akiva fluent in Hebrew and are able to seamlessly analyze and understand high-level texts in both Hebrew and English.

The Akiva education moves beyond the classroom and students have the opportunity to not only learn about their Jewish and American identities but to live them. Students learn about Jewish history, culture, current events in an environment that promotes a love of learning, an appreciation of our shared experience, and a pride in one’s growing and changing identity.

Akiva students take part in extracurricular activities, in after school clubs, as well as sports teams. Our cross-country and swim athletes are consistent high performers in area competitions. Akiva is also proud to host the annual Math Olympics in Nashville, an event known to be one of the finest Middle School math competitions in Nashville.

Our goal is that all families, regardless of affiliation feel welcome at Akiva. We take pride in the diversity of our student body and respect each family’s decisions regarding religious observance.

Smaller class sizes are maintained to provide a nurturing atmosphere that meets individual students’ needs. Teachers employ varied strategies to enhance each child’s learning experience and are committed to ongoing professional development.

Akiva is accredited by SACS, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

We would love to welcome you into the Akiva family.  Arrangements to visit Akiva School may be made by contacting Christina Evans, Director of Admissions and Outreach, at 615-432-2552 or cevans@akivanashville.net.

Our 2013-14 Board of Directors

The Akiva School Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy, for the fiscal and legal well-being of the school, and for hiring the Headmaster. The Board of Trustees meets throughout the year.

Uzi Yemin, President

Ben Doochin, Vice President
Avigal Soreq, Treasurer
Michael Rosen, Secretary

Erin Coleman

Tamar Ginzburg

Shaul Kelner
Shana Mackler
Laurie Rice
David Steine

Polina Vorobeychik
Moshe Werthan