By Todd Cohen
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The first broad-based Jewish boarding school in the U.S. is getting ready to open its doors this fall in Greensboro.
More than 180 students have requested application materials for the new American Hebrew Academy.
The school, which will offer free tuition through graduation for all students entering this fall, will have spots for 90 residential students in grades 9 and 10, plus additional day students from the Greensboro area.
Grades 11 and 12 will be added in 2002 and 2003, respectively. The school ultimately wants to enroll 800 boarding students.
Funded by anonymous donors, the school will mix secular and Judaic studies, recruiting Jews from small communities throughout the U.S.
Jewish day schools typically are offered only in larger cities, and Jewish boarding schools typically are limited to Orthodox students.
Located on 100 acres at 4334 Hobbs Road in northwest Greensboro, the school initially will include a science center, residence halls, sports fields and kosher dining hall. Future facilities will include a synagogue, library, fine arts center, performing arts center, athletic field house.
The school’s is Rabbi Alvin Mars, former executive vice president of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Los Angeles, a residential retreat and conference center for teenagers, college students and adults.