Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy—known as EKHLA— is an open enrollment charter school that offers instruction in Hebrew language and the culture and history of Israel in an educational environment with high academic and behavioral standards. On February 1, 2023, EKHLA will begin accepting enrollment applications for the 2023–24 school year. Open enrollment will conclude on February 28, 2023. We have put together a guide to help you learn more about EKHLA and take steps to enroll your child for the next school year.
EKHLA’s mission is to prepare confident students through high academic and behavioral standards, who are grounded in Hebrew language and Israeli culture.
EKHLA in San Antonio
As the only public Hebrew language Academy in South Texas, EKHLA serves students in grades K–8. Their campus is located at 11327 Dreamland Dr., San Antonio, TX 78230 (map). The main phone number is 210-890-7267, and you can reach them by email at email@example.com.
Download the free San Antonio Charter Schools app for an interactive map that includes EKHLA and many more. You can also find campus information about EKHLA (and many other schools of choice) in our Guide to Charter Schools in San Antonio.
Enroll at EKHLA
Families can apply online to enroll their children at EKHLA. Open enrollment for the 2023–24 school year will begin on February 1, 2023 and will continue through February 28, 2023. The lottery will be during the first week of March 2023. Families can still apply for enrollment after the lottery, but they may be added to the waiting list.
EHKLA is offering school tours for adults at 9:00 AM on the following dates: January 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2023, and February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2023. Reservations are required; save your spot by emailing the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 210-890-7267.
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In addition, please join the San Antonio Charter Moms discussion group on Facebook to post questions and search previous discussions about EKHLA. Families with students who are currently enrolled at EKHLA can comment based on their experiences.
Facts about EKHLA
Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy (EKHLA) is a K–8 open enrollment public charter school with a partial immersion Hebrew language focus. They offer a rich and innovative curriculum, with passionate teachers and extraordinary student support. Their dedicated teachers know their students individually. They educate the whole student to be gracious, kind, and tolerant. Their goal is to develop curious lifelong learners who have a sense of responsibility to the world. Their purpose is to inspire their students to know who they are, what they want, and to have the confidence to achieve their dreams.
For sports, they currently offer soccer, volleyball, tennis, lacrosse, and basketball for grades 4–8. In their after school enrichment program, they offer dance and tumble, chess, crochet, transition awareness breathing, making makers, storybook makers, and Spanish. They offer daily after school care until 6:00 p.m.
Charter Moms Chats
Watch Kathryn Cohen, Principal/Superintendent at EKHLA, Tracy Smith, Vice Principal at EKHLA, Simran Jawanda, Vice Principal at EKHLA, and Gabriela Tawil, District Coordinator and Athletics Director at EKHLA, speak with Inga Cotton on Charter Moms Chats on February 2, 2023 at 4:00 PM Central live on Facebook and YouTube.
Kathryn Davis Cohen is the Principal/Superintendent at EHKLA. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Mathematics from the University of Texas San Antonio, followed by her M.Ed. in Educational Diagnostician from Texas Woman’s University. She has completed certifications in elementary mathematics grades 1–8, elementary self-contained, principal, and educational diagnostician.
Ms. Cohen has 17 years of experience working in education. She has worked as a middle school math teacher, self-contained elementary teacher, educational diagnostician, and various roles in administration. Ms. Cohen was instrumental in launching the Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy.
Ms. Cohen is also involved in the community where she has served on Boards at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio and Jewish Family Services. She has three children, likes to cook, and enjoys reading.
Tracy Smith is a Vice Principal at EKHLA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in General Education and Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. She completed her Master’s degree in Educational Administration at Angelo State University in 2015.
Mrs. Smith has taught in Austin, Georgetown, and here in San Antonio. She served in the field of Special Education for several years in a variety of settings. She transitioned into the role of classroom teacher, where she taught language arts and social studies in middle school, as well as in several elementary grades. During her last few years as a classroom professional, she taught second and third grade. Throughout her 27 years of educational experience, she also worked as an educational consultant, conducting workshops for other educators across Central Texas. She has held several supervisory positions and is currently one of the Vice Principals at EKHLA, focusing on grades K–2.
She is very lucky to have all of her family here in San Antonio, including husband Wayne, daughters Jordann and Kassidy, and grandson Baylin. She enjoys cooking, gardening, outdoor activities, and writing. Some favorite times are family game nights and vacations. Mrs. Smith says, “I love teaching because I truly enjoy seeing a student’s eyes light up when they get an ‘aha’ moment and a new avenue in their thought process opens up. I consider it a gift to be a part of these moments.”
Simran Jawanda is one the Vice Principals at EKHLA, focusing on middle school grades. Mrs. Jawanda received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Law & Economics from the University of Alberta in Canada in 2003. She completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio in 2010, and has her Texas teaching certificate in Math and Business Education.
Mrs. Jawanda has been an educator for more than 10 years, first as a middle school Math teacher, then as both a middle school Math and Language Arts teacher. She has been at EKHLA since 2015 and has been in the administrator role for almost four years and continues to teach Math, her favorite subject.
In her spare time, Mrs. Jawanda enjoys spending time with her family, baking, cooking and organizing!
Gabriela G. Tawil has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame with a minor in Accounting. She received her MBA in International Logistics from Texas A&M International.
She worked for a division of General Motors, Delphi Packard Electric, as a Logistics Manager for ten years, traveling internationally to General Motors car assembly plants and manufacturing cross docks throughout Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Consulting and implementing ISO 9000 guidelines for General Motors led to her being based in South Texas and engaged in Business Solutions and Information System Solutions for the Michigan-based division on the border of Texas.
Gabriela, along with her husband, James Tawil are raising their six children, four of whom are students at EKHLA. The entire family lives an active lifestyle of biking, hiking, running, soccer, and traveling. The great outdoors plays a vital role in the family’s daily lives, as well as volunteering and serving throughout the San Antonio community.
Gabriela is currently the District Coordinator and Athletics Director for EKHLA, where she is passionate about sports, fine arts enrichment programming, fundraising, marketing and development for the school district, and community responsibility. She has worked at EKHLA since its first year as a public charter school in 2013–2014.
Read More About EKHLA
- “Charter Moms Chats — EKHLA, With Gabriela Tawil and Tracy Smith,” YouTube, February 8, 2021
- “The coronavirus means San Antonio parents have to make choices this fall—and some have more options than others,” Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, August 8, 2020
- “Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy enrollment and lottery information,” San Antonio Charter Moms, January 6, 2014
- “Modern Education,” Miranda Koerner, San Antonio Magazine, December 2013
- “Trying to Keep Religion Out of Charter Classrooms,” Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune, October 18, 2013
- “Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy charter school opening in San Antonio in August 2013,” San Antonio Charter Moms, June 15, 2013
- “Area’s Jewish families debate educational options for children,” Abe Levy, San Antonio Express-News, June 14, 2013
- “Ben Yehuda Academy in San Antonio is part of a national Hebrew charter school trend,” San Antonio Charter Moms, January 23, 2013