Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy

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Founded in 1946 as Akiba Hebrew Academy, the school was renamed Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy in 2007 and moved to a 35-acre campus and state-of-the art facilities in Bryn Mawr, PA in 2008.
The oldest, coeducational, independent day school in North America, Barrack welcomes students from every spectrum of Jewish life and provides an outstanding education to students in grades 6-12.
A dynamic dual curriculum of college preparatory and Jewish studies combines academic excellence with timeless Jewish values, inspiring our students to excel in learning, leading and life.
Community service and a commitment to social justice are hallmarks of a Barrack education.
A dedicated faculty motivates students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, building skills and confidence and empowering them to pursue goals of higher education and positive involvement in the Jewish community and the community at large.
Barrack graduates are prepared for the world, and our alumni play leading roles in all walks of life at home and around the world.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationJewish
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1946

Student Body

Total Students374 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses10 courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 20
Tuition NotesVaries by grade Grade 6 - $23,920 Grade 7 - $24, 150 Grade 8 - $24,380 Grade 9 - $30,840 Grades 10-12 - $31,450
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorJennifer Groen
Admissions AssociateSari Allen


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and FieldBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Track and Field

School Notes

  • In addition to enjoying an excellent education, Barrack students can participate in 16 sports, fielding 31 teams, explore over 50 clubs and extracurricular activities, and give back to the community through vital service and social action programs. A new trimester program expands electives in the performing arts ( instrumental, vocal, dramatic) and in the visual arts.
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    Grades: PK-12 | 589 students
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    0.9 miles
    701 Montgomery Avenue
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 525-2700
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    Grades: PK-12
    0.9 miles
    814 Yarrow Street
    Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
    (610) 525-4300
    0.9 PK-12
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    Grades: PK-12 | 1183 students
    10.4 miles
    340 Morris Rd
    Fort Washington, PA 19034
    (267) 405-7070
    10.4 PK-12
  • Newtown Square
    Grades: PK-12 | 1250 students
    4.3 miles
    1785 Bishop White Drive
    Newtown Square, PA 19073
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
I highly recommend this Pluralistic day school. The academic and administrative staff excel at meeting my child's needs while respecting our personal family relationship with Judaism. There is something for everyone- from the most to the least "observant" as well as from Sports, STEAM, the Arts and everything in between. My son is engaged in learning "beyond the book" about world events, local events and basic human kindness and compassion. The academics are challenging and rigorous to the degree that the school remains more than competitive when considering college acceptance statistics. I highly recommend this school! Cindy.
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Choosing Barrack for middle and high school has been one of the best parenting decisions we have ever made. Our kids are immersed in an environment that is safe, inspiring, compassionate, challenging and nurturing. They are learning that they have a responsibility to be an engaged member of a community. And, the are academically prepared for success at the best college institutions, and beyond.
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The transition as new students entering in 8th and 10th grade has been such a positive experience for my children. The pluralistic culture, academic offerings, sports and welcoming community prove everyday that we made the right choice in choosing Jack Barrack. The kids have been welcoming and my children have never been happier.
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JBHA has been a nurturing and challenging home for our children. The academics are first rate, the opportunities for growth and leadership experience in clubs unparalleled, but more than that JBHA is a community that stresses honor, respect, service, dignity and responsibility for self and each other. It takes Jewish values seriously and encourages students to reflect and challenge. Our son was extremely well-prepares for college and made what are sure to be life-long friends. We have two more children in the school enjoying their teachers, friends, and the challenges of a dual curriculum.
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Barrack has been a life changing school for our daughter. Throughout middle school, she was challenged academically, held accountable when needed, and nurtured by teachers and an administration who really took the time to get to know her and our family. She has made incredible friends we believe she will have for the rest of her life. The 8th grade trip to Israel was an incredible experience for her and she looks forward to spending a trimester in Israel her Junior year. She has been encouraged to try new activities and sports, and has grown and matured tremendously as a person in her time at Barrack. Most importantly, she has learned to advocate for herself academically, and in every interaction with teachers, has been met with respect and encouragement. My daughter truly has become her best self at this school, and we are so grateful for its wonderful influence on her and our family.
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I have had tow children graduate from JBHA and have one who is still there. I am so grateful for the education that the receive at Barrack academically, socially and morally. The faculty and staff at Barrack work hard to make each child into a smart and successful Mensch!
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Barrack Hebrew Academy is an excellent college preparatory school. It offers outstanding secular academics combined with a rigorous Hebrew language and Judaic studies curriculum. My son graduated from Barrack and, along with 30% of his graduating class, went on to college in the Ivy League. When I asked what prepared him best to succeed academically, he said that it was Barrack's Talmud instruction. Although we are not religious, I am proud that he had an opportunity to study Talmud, and that in doing so he acquired life-long skills of analytical, rigorous thought.
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Our daughter has started as an incoming freshman and we couldn't be more thrilled. The school is nurturing and supportive. The kids accepting, kind and thoughtful. Her teachers have been totally accessible and her classes challenging. We know she is gaining the study habits which will allow her to excel in her college years. Barrack has far surpassed our expectations.
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My children are receiving an incredible education with academic rigor mixed with values and integrity. The teachers are accessible and promote self-advocacy. The college guidance counselors are also so helpful. Thank you Barrack!!
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My children are so engaged in their learning and with the world. I am so grateful to have this values-based school partnering with me to parent my children.
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The average acceptance rate in Bryn Mawr, PA is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).