2018-2019 Annual Report "The Flame"

DEAR LEVINE FAMILIES, We are thrilled with how strong our students and teachers finished in May 2019, and we are very excited about the start of the 2019-2020 year. This last year saw our students ongoing performance and acceptance into the elite schools of their choice, including Yavneh, Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, Parish, ESD and the upper divisions of several ISD schools in Plano and Richardson. We also launched a full-scale modernization of ECC classrooms, constructed significant upgrades to our playgrounds, taught advanced sections in mathematics, and inaugurated our first summer camp, Summer@Levine, for elementary and middle school students. This past spring also saw the Board of Directors pass a new three-year strategic plan designed to continue Levine’s evolution. All of this was thanks to our partnership with you, our families, with our faculty and professional leadership team, with our board of trustees, and with friends and clergy throughout the city. The strategic plan is designed to build on the unique strengths and character of our school and students: academic engagement, ethics, Jewish identity, and social responsibility. One chief aim is to expand our appeal to a larger number of families to ensure the continued vibrancy of the school. To that end, we identified four strategic pillars that constitute our improvement plan: Academic Innovation – continued evolution of our general studies curriculum to enhance Levine’s competitive position with respect to other private select schools in Dallas, and modernizing our Judaic curriculum. This includes plans to find more opportunities for cross-curricular collaboration to ensure the program addresses the needs of Jewish identity and learning in the 21st century. Early Childhood Program – increase the attractiveness of the early childhood program and align the program with the 21st century learning programs in the lower and middle school. Inclusivity – broaden the reach and attractiveness of Levine across a wider spectrum of normative Judaism and reach a larger number of people to create an environment where all Levine families feel at home in the school. Financial Sustainability – to ensure the long-term sustainability of the school and provide the resources to permit continued innovation of the curriculum and the overall Levine experience. Over the course of this summer, our team has been working diligently to begin our implementation action plan. This includes completing the modernization of all the ECC classrooms, taking our STEM education to its next level of implementation, revitalizing our Judaic programming, and planning for a more flexible schedule that will mean an upgrade to our electives for 2020 in the middle school. On behalf of the Board and the faculty and staff of Levine, we thank you again for your commitment to our school. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in fulfilling our mission with strength and vitality. Sincerely,

Tom Elieff    Head of School

Solomon Israel  

President, Board of Trustees


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