At Carmel Academy, we strive for the highest standards of academic excellence and we are proud of the results.
70 percent of our students are in the top 5 percent academically in the country.
Through our advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrichment programs, our Middle School students have garnered more than 15 international,national and regional awards for their achievements.
Experienced and passionate teachers bring our educational philosophy to life by instilling creativity, critical thinking and a joy of learning in each of our students. 92 percent of our faculty hold advanced degrees, and average 15 years of teaching experience. To learn more about our outstanding faculty and see their professional credentials, please visit our Faculty & Staff page and search by teacher or department.
With a faculty to student ratio of 1:7 in our core program and 1:3 in our PALS program for children with special learning needs, Carmel Academy is committed to ensuring that each child has an individualized, differentiated learning experience.
At Carmel Academy, our multi-disciplinary approach enables students to connect classroom learning to the world around them, thereby engaging students in relevant and intellectually challenging experiences. Our educational leadership team spent five years designing our dual curriculum that brings the school’s vision to life by incorporating the highest national standards and integrating general and Judaic knowledge throughout the day. Each unit of study is carefully constructed using the Understanding by Design model of Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, a curriculum methodology Carmel Academy has been using since 2003.
At Carmel Academy we welcome, embrace and demonstrate respect for Jews of all affiliations -- including Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews. Our commitment to diversity is woven into the fabric of who we are. At Carmel, we emphasize our connection to the 3,000-year-old Jewish heritage and integrate the overarching principle of k’lal Yisrael – the unity of the Jewish people - into every aspect of the learning experience. We celebrate, honor and respect the unity and diversity of our Carmel Academy community, each with its own traditions. In our Middle School, students and parents together choose, based on their family's observance, between two prayer services -- one that is orthodox and one that is egalitarian. Once a week, we come together, as a community to study or discuss t'fillah (prayer) experiences. Together, we form our unique and rich Jewish community that prides itself on cultivating “dynamic diversity,” through which we encourage students to be curious about the choices other people have made while instilling a sense of pride in their own family’s practices. We foster the value of k’lal Yisrael by exposing students to a variety of Jewish expressions while affirming the choices to which their families are committed.
Our enduring values-based education encourages our students to grow as human beings - preparing them to thrive, lead, succeed and "do the right thing" in a complex world. At Carmel Academy, Judaism comes to life through:
We deepen our students’ love of and connection to Judaism with a robust program that focuses on Hebrew language fluency, becoming independent and life-long learners of the biblical and rabbinic texts, as well as gaining a deep knowledge of Jewish history. Curiosity, passion, reverence and respect are cornerstones of our everyday learning. Hebrew language is taught in Hebrew by fluent Hebrew speakers. Our unique and self-created Jewish history curriculum integrates Jewish history with world history to provide our students with deep insights of world events as they also pertain to Jewish history. Our fifth and sixth grade Mishnah, as well as the seventh and eighth grade Gemara, are taught in the original language of the texts, using the state-of-the-art computer software program, Gemara Berura, with the goals of decoding and understanding the rabbinic process in establishing Jewish traditions and cultural norms.
Located in the heart of Greenwich, Connecticut, Carmel Academy's idyllic 17-acre campus is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. Facilities include 15 buildings, two playing fields, two gymnasiums, two tennis courts, Upper and Lower School Science labs, a modern art studio, a music room, an organic educational garden, and an interactive multi-media center. Our campus is equipped with leading technology and infrastructure to be a premier 21st century educational institution, while also providing our students with an exceptional setting in which to learn and grow.
Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.
Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.