Shalhevet is gearing up for construction of a new three-story facility on its current property on Fairfax Avenue.
Once construction is completed, students and faculty will be able to spend their days in a bright and inviting building. The new campus will include classrooms that are fitted with the latest educational technology, two science laboratories equipped with the latest tools so students can engage in modern scientific research, indoor and outdoor space for students and faculty to interact, a two-story indoor gymnasium and a outdoor patio space.
“Our new building will provide the Shalhevet student body, as well as the community-at-large, with space in which to learn, greater opportunities through which to grow and better tools with which to teach,” said Rabbi Ari Segal, Shalhevet’s Head of School. “Modern technology will mesh with the values of Modern Orthodoxy in an environment that preserves the warm and communal ambiance that is a hallmark of our school.”
The school announced last June at its Gala Dinner that it will change its name to the Jean and Jerry Friedman Shalhevet High School once the new facility opens. Dr. Jerry and Jean Friedman founded Shalhevet in 1993 and Dr. Friedman served as Head of School until 2009.
The campus itself will be named the Feder Family Campus. Margaret and Paul Feder were among the founding supporters of the school, and Esther and Steven Feder are parents of two Shalhevet alumni and one current student, and have been key supporters of the school. Mrs. Esther Feder served as Shalhevet’s immediate past-president of the board.
The new campus will be able to accommodate up to 300 students, but Rabbi Segal says that the school intends to cap enrollment at 240. “We feel that 60 students per grade is the perfect size for our school. That size will allow us to maintain our close-knit community of students and teachers and will be a perfect fit for Shalhevet’s Just Community.”
Rabbi Segal added, “Shalhevet was founded on the belief that the entire school experience should be a vehicle for moral growth and development. The new opportunities that will be afforded by our new campus will help us further this goal.”
The school has entered into a partnership will Alliance Residential Properties to sell the southern portion of the Shalhevet property, which will be developed into apartments, town houses and some retail space. The funds from the sale will be used for the construction project. Construction is expected to take twelve months to complete. During this time, the school is occupying the southern portion of the main building and its refurbished annex building.
Shalhevet is currently engaged in a joint capital and endowment campaign that will help fund the remainder of the construction project as well as provide scholarships to students in need of assistance. The endowment campaign is part of the Jim Joseph Foundation High School Affordability Initiative, in which Shalhevet is proud to participate.
“It’s a very exciting time at Shalhevet,” said Rabbi Segal. “People are really excited about having a new building. We just had our largest Open House ever with over 115 prospective students and their parents in attendance and you could really feel the energy in the air.”