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Our Mission

The Mission of the Hatikvah International Academy Charter School is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young citizens in order to promote a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Anchored by the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, the school promotes tolerance, understanding and appreciation for people from different backgrounds. Through the in-depth study of Modern Hebrew delivered in part using the model of the International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB), inquiry-based instruction, the school continually develops and implements an innovative child-centered curriculum which is monitored with appropriate authentic and rigorous assessments to help our students become good citizens of our local community, country, and world. Children from all cultures, religions and ethnicities will be able to exist within one community while maintaining individual identities and pride.

Interesting Stats


Number of Students


Grade Span


Cost to Attend Hatikvah:  Nothing!  Hatikvah is a tuition-free public school and accepts students of all backgrounds.  We are one of the highest performing PUBLIC SCHOOLS in all of NJ.


Number of resident school districts represented at Hatikvah

2 or 3

Number of teachers in each classroom K-5


Number of co-taught classes in grades 6-8


Student to Faculty ratio


Grades fully authorized by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme


Percentage of Hatikvah students who would otherwise be learning in economically disadvantaged resident school districts ranging from 30-99% free/reduced lunch populations


Number of world languages, other than English, spoken in our students’ homes


Number of Hatikvah students who have graduated eighth grade, since 2020, earning the prestigious Global Seal of Biliteracy in Modern Hebrew

Our School Building and Grounds

Our K-8 program is housed in a 55,000 square foot building that includes a Learning Commons, multi-purpose room, lunchroom, robotics room, science labs, art rooms, music room, and a classroom for drama.  Each classroom has a Smartboard.  Outdoors, there are wooded grounds, two playgrounds, and a full soccer field.  In partnership with the East Brunswick Police Department and East Brunswick Emergency Management, safety and security have always been our first priority.  The school has newer HVAC systems and monitors fresh airflow in the building in real time.

Board of Trustees

Our Board membership is comprised of volunteers from the community at large, the parent body, and even some former parents and grandparents of Hatikvah students. 

  • Mr. Daniel Gresack, Board President

  • Mr. Harish Hathirmani, Vice President

  • Ms. Cristal Sharma, Trustee

  • Mr. Marc Herman, Trustee

  • Ms. Shawntell Manning, Trustee

  • Mr. Arie Behar, Trustee

  • Dr. Dake Zhang, Trustee

  • Board meeting dates for the 2022-2023 School Year as follows
    Minutes will be linked to the dates once they are approved. 2023 meetings at 7:00 PM: August 24 September 21 October 26 November 16 December 7 2024 meetings at 7:00 PM: January 18 February 22 March 21 April 11 May 16 The June 2024 meeting will take place at 6:00 PM on June 6th. At all posted meetings, action will be taken.
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