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After School Program

Hillel Academy recognizes that while students are finished with their school day at 3:15 PM, many parents/guardians are not done with their day, and they need their children to be in a safe and supervised space until they can be picked up. Additionally, many children want to participate in activities beyond those typically found during the school day and parents/guardians appreciate opportunities such as these taking place at school, after school, so when children and parents/guardians are finally reunited at the end of the school and workday, they can enjoy each other’s company.

From 3:30 – 6pm parents may have their children attend Hillel Academy’s After School Program which begins with homework assistance and snack followed by free recess. After School care is $8/hr and billed monthly.

After School Enrichment Classes

Session II | January 10 - March 4

Mondays (no class 2/21)
Tumble Tots | Age 2-5 | 2:30 - 3:15pm $150 HA | $160 Community
Karate** | Ages 3-5 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
**includes a new belt during the move-up ceremony at the end of each session. A $36 one-time Gi (uniform) purchase is required if your student does not have one.
Hip Hop | Grades K-2 | 3:15-4:15pm $150 HA | $160 Community
Chess | Grades 3-8 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $130 HA | $140 Community

Ballet | Age 3-5 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $150 HA | $160 Community
Art | Grades 2-6 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
Games Club | Grade K-5 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $130 HA | $140 Community

Jr. Chefs | Ages 3-5 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
Hip Hop | Grades 2-6 | 3:20 - 4:20pm $150 HA | $160 Community
Archery | Grades 3-8 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
Shrek Jr. the Musical Rehearsal | Grades 3-8 | 2:25 - 3:15pm $300 Hillel students only (includes session III)

Karate**| Grades K-2 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
**includes a new belt during the move-up ceremony at the end of each session. A $36 one-time Gi (uniform) purchase is required if your student does not have one.
Art | Grades K-2 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
Play Practice | Grades 3-8 | 3:15 - 4:30pm

Fridays (no class 2/18)
Soccer Shots* | Ages 3-5 | 2:30 - 3:00pm $165 HA | $175 Community
Karate** | Grades 2-5 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $140 HA | $150 Community
Soccer Shots* | Grades K-2 | 3:15 - 4:15pm $165 HA | $175 Community

Register by January 5th

Did you know Hillel offers private Piano lessons after school? Mrs. Timofeev offers 20, 30, 40, and 60 minutes lessons Monday through Thursday. To learn more, contact Mrs. Timofeev at 813.915.0368.

Questions about Afterschool Enrichment? Contact Julie Begani

Class Descriptions


This series of classes expand on the basics of archery using the same equipment and techniques. Class content includes open stance, alignment, draw and anchor, back-tension release, focus and follow-through. Class content includes equipment nomenclature, safety rules, range rules, conduct, and the shot sequence.


Dancers will explore creative movement styles and tap into their creative intelligence through the use of imaginative music and games in a safe, positive environment. This constantly moving class is a great way for the young dancer to develop their gross and fine motor skills, improve flexibility and coordination through fun, age-appropriate movement and exercises.


Chess provides children with a chance to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests. Our instructor will evaluate your children's abilities, analyze their games, and put them in a program designed especially for their needs.

Games Club

Want to learn how to play some of the best family games? Want to work on your strategy and math skills? Come join Rabbi Blatt to learn and play such classic games as Checkers, Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Rummikub, and more.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance classes for kids start with a thorough warm-up. Then, we introduce the latest funk and hip-hop moves, followed by fun choreography to develop the expressive abilities of the dancers. We end the class with a freestyle dance to let the kids let loose and wrap it up with their favorite dance moves.

Jr. Chefs

This class introduces concepts like kitchen safety, basic measurement, and teamwork. We also stress academic skills of counting, color, shapes, and following directions while making yummy snacks and desserts!


Goju Ryu Karate is the perfect companion to help you raise a strong, confident leader, teaching confidence, focus & self-defense skills. Kids are given positive reinforcement for their efforts and encouraged to try their best to meet new challenges. Classes are taught by 4th-degree black belt Master Aaron Smith.

Mixed Media Art

Each session will be a unique and exciting experience that caters to our artists’ individuality and creative interests. Kids will be offered a variety of mediums while exploring techniques in painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay building, construction, or mixed media. Materials and tools are age-appropriate and will engage a wide range of young artists.

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. We positively impact children’s lives on and off the field through our best-in-class coaching, communication and curriculum.

Tumble Tots

Tumbling classes are designed to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and control. Each child will learn rolls, cartwheels, headstands, handstands, backbends, and much more.

Learn more about Hillel’s Theatre Program :

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

Hillel Academy is an affiliated chapter of the National Junior Honor Society for Middle School students. Membership in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a middle school student. Our chapter strives to give practical meaning to society’s standards of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These five ideals are considered as the basis for selection and reflect Jewish Values that are deemed an important aspect of the Hillel Academy experience. No student is inducted simply because of a high academic average. The National Junior Honor Society strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in all of these areas.

The standards used for selection are:

  • Scholarship: 3.0 cumulative average beginning in 6th Grade
  • Leadership, service, character, and citizenship: as demonstrated by students’ involvement in activities and teacher evaluations of character.

More detailed information about the application process and what to expect as an NJHS Member can be found here.

NJHS FAQ’s: Everything You Need to Know About Hillel Academy’s Chapter of NJHS

How 6th graders can prepare for membership

Students in 6th grade that are interested in becoming NJHS Members in 7th grade can involve themselves in activities to enhance their qualifications for membership. In addition to maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA, students must engage in at least one leadership and at least one service activity. Leadership roles consist of those in which the student is responsible for directing or motivating others. Examples are: elected officer for a club, committee chairperson, team captain, camp counselor, girl scout/cub scout leader, work area manager, or other community leader. Service activities are those that are done for or on behalf of others (not including immediate family members) for which no compensation (monetary or other) has been given.Examples are: volunteering for the food bank/Humane Society/other non-profit organization, participating in a beach clean-up, or volunteering for the synagogue. Participation in B’nai Mitzvah projects can be used for consideration. Honors and awards, while not a required part of membership, will also be used for consideration.

Students have the opportunity to apply in 7th grade or in 8th grade.

Related Forms

More information about the National Junior Honor Society can be found at: