Hillel Day School is a private, Jewish day school in Farmington Hills, Michigan which was founded in 1958. It provides both secular and Judaic studies instruction for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Most students go on to nearby public high schools or to The Jean and Samuel Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit, a Jewish high school in nearby West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Curriculum and class size

At Hillel, both Jewish and secular instruction is delivered each day. For kindergarten students, religious instruction is fully integrated with secular studies throughout the day. For students in the first through fourth grades, the day is split evenly between Judaic and secular studies. For fifth through eighth graders, 45% of the day is spent on secular studies, which includes language arts, social studies, math, science, music and drama, art, physical education and technology. Class size typically does not exceed 35 students per classroom, with one teacher. However, kindergarten classes may have one teacher and one assistant.

Religious affiliation

Hillel Day School was founded as a Conservative Jewish day school, and is now a community school. It is not reform, conservative, or orthodox. This is the same as The Jean and Samuel Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit.


Hillel Day School was founded in Detroit in 1958, by Rabbi Jacob Segal and members of the local Jewish community, starting with 29 students in two rooms. The school has grown rapidly since then and relocated to its current permanent site in Farmington Hills, Michigan with an enrollment of over 400 students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Jewish children of all Jewish affiliations are accepted at the school.[1]

Notable alumni


  1. History & Mission, accessed July 28, 2006.
  2. "Selma Blair steps out with a provocative role in 'Storytelling'...", Detroit News, February 2, 2002, "Until now, Selma Blair, who attended Hillel day School in Farmington Hills, graduated from Kingswood/ Cranbrook..."

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