Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
5801 W. 115th Street
Overland Park KS 66211
Students K-12 enjoy learning together at HBHA!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 327-8150
Mission Statement
The mission of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is to prepare students for fulfilling lives as Jews and as honorable, contributing citizens. We develop well-rounded, committed, knowledgeable young adults who are devoted to Israel, community service and fellow Jews. We do this by focusing on the personal, intellectual and spiritual development of our students through excellent general and Jewish studies, in a nurturing Jewish environment.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Haas
Board Chair Mr. Michael Abrams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner at Lathrop and Gage LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1966
Former Names
The Hebrew Academy
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is to prepare students for fulfilling lives as Jews and as honorable, contributing citizens. We develop well-rounded, committed, knowledgeable young adults who are devoted to Israel, community service and fellow Jews. We do this by focusing on the personal, intellectual and spiritual development of our students through excellent general and Jewish studies, in a nurturing Jewish environment.
Background Statement Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is the only Jewish day school serving the Greater Kansas City area, and one of the oldest in the country, offering an exemplary, co-ed, independent college preparatory community school, K-12. HBHA is accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States and open to children of all Jewish denominations. We welcome the diverse beliefs of our community, with a bias toward none. Now in its second half-century of educating and developing children, HBHA was founded in 1966 through the efforts of dedicated parents who believed that a Jewish day school education was vital for their children. The school opened its doors as The Hebrew Academy with 33 students in rented facilities at Congregation Ohev Shalom. In 1973 the Upper School was created and in 1976 HBHA graduated its first class of nine seniors. When its first president Hyman Brand passed away in 1977, the school was renamed in his memory. In 1988 HBHA moved to its current home on the Jewish Community Campus. Here the Hebrew Academy continues to grow; adding classrooms, labs and programs to meet the needs of the successful Jewish day school that its founders envisioned. Today, enrollment is approximately 250 students, and the 2017 graduating class all went on to fine colleges and universities nationwide, as well as a GAP program in Israel.
Impact Statement
Now in its second half-century of educating and developing children, HBHA is one of the oldest community K-12 Jewish day schools in the country. We believe that a high-quality Jewish day school education is essential to perpetuate Judaism. Education is more than challenging academics; it must incorporate moral, ethical and spiritual values, enabling students to become valuable and successful members of a global society. To ensure these ideals and goals, we strive for sustainability and affordability to maintain a strong faculty and programming that is competitive and current. We are dedicated to making financial aid available so that families who desire a Jewish and general education for their children, are able to receive it, regardless of economic challenges.
Needs Statement
The 5 most pressing needs of HBHA are:
  1. Financial assistance for middle and lower income families.
  2. Funding to bring quality teacher salaries to parity with area independent schools. 
  3. Continued assistance for special needs students.
  4. Continued upgrading & maintenance of computers, servers, storage and necessary software and hardware.  
  5. Continued updating of programming, furniture and fixtures, as needed, to provide the competitive education and atmosphere necessary to prepare our students to succeed in today's world. 
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Secondary & High Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Cass County
KS - Lawrence
We are the only Jewish day school in the state of Kansas and the only one that serves Missouri outside of the St. Louis area.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy proudly celebrates its 52nd Anniversary this year. We forged into our second half-century with a highly skilled and dedicated professional team, led by Head of School Howard Haas, Head of Jewish Studies Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Upper School Principal Todd Clauer, Lower/Middle School Principal Dr. Jessica Kayanka-Maggart and Director of Admissions Tamara Schuster,  HBHA remains the only dual-curriculum private Jewish day school in the Greater Kansas City area. With cutting-edge academics, athletics and STEAM programming, we have taken our place as a leader in community day schools throughout America. We are rich in tradition and grateful to have exceptional teachers and staff with commitment to our vision. A college preparatory school, HBHA proudly sends 100% of its students to fine colleges and universities nationwide. During these challenging economic times, HBHA continues to offer a unique fifty percent reduced tuition system, implemented to allow middle and lower income families to better afford the private day school education.  HBHA fundraises with tenacity to help bridge the gap between tuition and actual cost.   

Programs
Description Educates students, ages 5 to 10, in general and Jewish studies.
Program Budget $2,867,454.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Students in grades 2-5 took the MAP test in September 2016.  The results show continued growth in all grade levels. The numbers listed below show the mean HBHA RiT score.  The percentile shows where the mean falls in comparison to the national percentile scores.

Grade  

 Reading

Mathematics 

 2  183 (73% tile)  196 (61% tile)
 3  210 (77% tile)      215 (80% tile)
 4  213 (65% tile)  226 (80% tile)
 5  222 (87% tile)  234 (78% tile)
 
Long-Term Success
A strong base level Lower School program of study is annually evaluated and modified so that students are prepared for success in Middle School.  Ultimately, 100% of HBHA graduates attend a college, university or other institution of higher learning.
Program Success Monitored By
Student and program success is monitored by the K-8 Principal, Director of Testing and Teacher Development, and Director of Student Services.  Student test scores are analyzed to determine changes to instruction and to strengthen the curriculum.
Examples of Program Success
Success is demonstrated by the test scores indicated above and by growing enrollment numbers.
Description Educates students, ages 11 to 13, in general and Jewish studies.
Program Budget $987,157.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Students in grades 6-8 took the reading portion of the MAP test in September 2016.  The results show continued growth in all grades. The numbers listed below show the mean HBHA RiT score.  The percentile shows where the mean falls in comparison to the national percentile scores.

Grade  


Mathematics 

 6    223 (79% tile)
 7
 229 (81% tile)
 8
 235 (92% tile)
Long-Term Success
The Middle School program of study prepares students for advanced learning in Math, English, History, Science, Jewish Studies and Hebrew. Ultimately, 100% of HBHA graduates attend a college, university or other institution of higher learning.
Program Success Monitored By
Student and program success is monitored by the K-8 Principal, Director of Testing and Teacher Development, and Director of Student Services. MAP and coursework assessment scores are analyzed to determine changes to instruction and to strengthen the curriculum.
Examples of Program Success
Success is demonstrated by the above test scores and continued growing enrollment numbers.
Description Educates students, ages 14 to 17, in general and Jewish studies.
Program Budget $846,135.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
HBHA's Profile of a Graduate summarizes the skills our students attain while completing our Upper School program.  In partnership with families and the larger Jewish community, a graduate of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy will demonstrate: 
  •    the development of a positive (Jewish) self-identity
  •    conscientious choices to insure social, emotional and physical health
  •    a desire and ability to seek a life of rich Jewish living
  •    the capacity to incorporate a conception of God and mitzvot into daily life
  •    an appreciation of and proficiency in the Hebrew language which binds Jewish history, ritual and modern Israel
  •    the cultivation of a personal relationship with and commitment to the State of Israel
  •    characteristics of a mensch in everyday living 
  •    curiosity, passion and intellect in seeking to understand the world
  •    an affinity and connection, locally and globally, to both Jews and Judaism
  •    knowledge of and respect for different expressions of Judaism 
  •    actions that embody respect for the dignity of all people and all faiths 
Long-Term Success
  • Ultimately, 100% of HBHA Upper School graduates attend a college, university or institution of higher learning.  Recent college and university acceptances include:  American Jewish University, American University, Barnard College, Boston University, Bradley University, Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Columbia University, Clark University, Drake University, Elon University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Grinnell College, Harvard University, Haverford College, Hebrew University, Hendrix College, Ithica College, Johns Hopkins University, Kenyon College, Middlebury College, New York University, Northwestern University, University of Oklahoma, Parsons School of Design, Rice University, Sarah Lawrence College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Tulane University, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Illinois, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of Richmond, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, Washington University, Wellesley College, Yeshiva University.
  • The mean score on the ACT for the three most recent graduating classes are higher than surrounding public school districts and above the 90th percentile nationally.
  • HBHA Upper School students completed 3,600 hours of community service during the 2017-18 school year (41 students). 
Program Success Monitored By
Student and program success is monitored by the Upper School Principal, Head of School and Head of Jewish Studies. Standardized test scores and coursework assessments are analyzed to make changes to instruction and to strengthen the curriculum.
Examples of Program Success
Student assessment data reported above is high and enrollment numbers in the Upper School continue to grow.
CEO Comments
Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is a quality K-12 Jewish day school focusing on the personal, intellectual and spiritual development of its students by providing excellent general and Jewish instruction, in a nurturing Jewish environment. We believe our students' educational experiences are enhanced by the rigorous dual curriculum which is created to reinforce and enrich each student's individual needs. With dedicated faculty and a low student-to-teacher ratio, we prepare students for the challenges before them.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Howard Haas
Term Start Aug 2007
Experience
Head of School:  Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, Irvine, California
2000-2007
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Marion Gould July 2006 - June 2007
Adam C Holden Ed.D.Aug 2002 - June 2006
Senior Staff
Title Head of Jewish Studies
Title Finance Manager
Title Director of Admissions
Title Upper School Principal & Director of College Guidance
Title Director of Testing & Teacher Development
Title School Psychologist
Title Director of Student Services
Title Director of Development
Title Lower/Middle School Principal
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 59
Paid Part-Time Staff 20
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 96%
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 58
Male 20
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
The Hebrew Academy maintains a working relationship with the Greater Kansas City Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Community Campus, Jewish Family Services, Menorah Heritage Foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation and Village Shalom, along with many synagogues and Jewish organizations in the community.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) - 7 Year Accreditation2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Blue Ribbon SchoolDepartment of Education2005
Program of the Year--Upper School Social JusticeJewish Federation of Greater Kansas City2015
Ranked 2nd, by ACT scores, among area Private High SchoolsIngrams Magazine2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments A 21-member Board of Trustees governs the Hebrew Academy.  Overall governance, enrollment, mission, vision, values, short-term and long-term needs are assessed during the strategic planning process and are reviewed annually.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Michael Abrams
Company Affiliation Partner at Lathrop and Gage LLP
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Email mabrams@lathropgage.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Michael Abrams Board President, Partner at Lathrop & Gage LLP, HBHA parent
Mrs. Cathy Alpert Office Manager at Alpert Companies/Park Place Partners Co., HBHA Grandparent
Mr. Sam Arbesman Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital
Dr. Li Balanoff Board Secretary, Breast Surgeon at KU Breast Cancer Center (Indian Creek Campus), HBHA Parent
Mrs. Carole Bergh HBHA Volunteer & Parent
Mrs. Annie Glickman Director of School Services for Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning & HBHA parent
Mr. Daniel Gold Vice President of FlexManage & HBHA Parent
Mr. Jeff Goldenberg Board Treasurer, Commercial Insurance Broker at Schifman Remley Assoc., HBHA Alum & Parent
Mr. Daniel Hammer President at Hammer Brothers Inc, HBHA Parent
Mr. Howard T Jacobson Investment Advisor & Founder at Paragon Capitol Management LLC, HBHA Foundation President, HBHA Grandparent
Mrs. Carol Katzman Volunteer
Mr. Jeremy Krashin HBHA Alum
Mrs. Lara Krigel Pabst Attorney with Krigel & Krigel, P.C., HBHA Alum & Parent
Mr. Pete S. Levi Board VP, Shareholder at Polsinelli Law Firm
Mr. Joseph Megerman Deputy District Defender, MO State Public Defender for Jackson County Trial Office, HBHA Alum & Parent
Mr. William Mendel Immediate Past Board President, Financial Advisor CFP at Summit Brokerage Services, HBHA Parent
Mr. Jered Nussbaum HBHA Alum & Parent
Ms. Linda Segebrecht
Mr. Alan Shafton Community Volunteer, HBHA Alum & Parent
Mr. David Sosland Owner Sosland Photography LLC, HBHA Alum & Parent
Mr. Daniel Wajcman Co-founder & COO of Lucky Orange, HBHA Alum & Parent
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Nominating
Executive
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Board Governance
CEO Comments
HBHA is governed by a  21-member Board of Trustees. A 5-year Strategic Plan began the fall of 2015 and addresses key school needs, mission, vision, values and governance issues.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,586,494
Projected Expenses $4,586,494
Endowment Value $8,240,460
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4.5
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line items may include contributions from individuals.  "Other" revenue is income from HBHA Foundation.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,794,052$5,737,772$1,910,258
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$1,778,119$1,708,818$1,635,273
Investment Income, Net of Losses$626,779$239,244$257,863
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$341,291$344,017$325,239
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,730,301$3,443,175$3,293,996
Administration Expense$1,065,096$980,234$946,515
Fundraising Expense$17,890$29,230$15,467
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.511.870.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%77%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$9,841,719$8,226,266$3,909,000
Current Assets$338,121$206,242$290,301
Long-Term Liabilities$275,000$175,000$175,000
Current Liabilities$342,527$470,021$305,457
Total Net Assets$9,224,192$7,581,245$3,428,543
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.990.440.95
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%2%4%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Foundation $725,751
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City $509,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Sosland Foundation $154,745
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Science Lab Renovation
Goal $450,000.00
Dates Feb 2016 to Feb 2018
Amount Raised to Date $217,250.00 as of Aug 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments HBHA's Finance Manager produces regular operating statements in accordance with GAAP. The Board of Trustees Finance Committee meets regularly to review school operations. We have benefited from increased donor funding, specifically for faculty development, retention and rewards.
Organization Name Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
Address 5801 W. 115th Street
Overland Park, KS 66211
Primary Phone (913) 327-8150
Contact Email kcosner@hbha.edu
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Howard Haas
Board Chair Mr. Michael Abrams
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner at Lathrop and Gage LLP
Year of Incorporation 1966
Former Names
The Hebrew Academy