Language Arts –
- Focuses on communication (listening and speaking), reading (fiction and nonfiction), writing (all genres), word study (spelling, vocabulary, grammar), and information literacy (research).
- Stresses independent study and research (6th-8th).
- Uses math as an integral part of every day life experiences, emphasizing problem solving, abstract thinking and analyzing math strategies.
- Integrates math into thematic units using literature, science, social studies, music, art and Jewish studies.
- Provides all students with stimulating experiences in the life, earth, environmental and physical sciences while simultaneously developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Nurtures each student’s own sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.
Social Studies –
- Connects children to their past, present and future and helps them appreciate how ideas, events and individuals produce change.
- Teaches a profound sense of concern and respect for the world in which they live.
World Language –
- Introduces Spanish to help students explore and experience a new language and culture (7th-8th).
Hebrew language/literature –
- Immerses students in Hebrew, beginning in kindergarten, increasing competencies in communication skills, reading comprehension and written expression.
- Facilitates access to traditional Jewish texts while connecting students to the modern State of Israel.
- Encourages an active vocabulary and develops a love and appreciation for the language.
- Introduces rabbinical writing, law, literature and customs (6th-8th).
Jewish life and observances –
- Offers students the opportunity to practice mitzvot through Torah (study), avodah (prayer and ritual), and g'milut hasadim (acts of loving kindness).
- Uses text study, celebrations and school-wide programming to help students appreciate Shabbat and Jewish holidays.
Jewish history/Israel –
- Creates an emotional bond with the land and people of Israel and reinforces this connection in each academic discipline.
- Explores the interaction between Jewish communities and other people, focusing on the interrelationship of ideas, practices and cultures (6th-8th).
Sacred texts –
- Advances understanding of ethical and moral values on a personal basis, reflecting the critical and individualized thinking process central to Conservative Jewish beliefs.
- Illustrates Judaism as an evolving process, not locked into a particular era or understanding of text.
- Challenges students to grapple with text and become part of the tradition of inquiry and interpretation.
Synagogue skills/prayer –
- Teaches and engages students in the weekday morning and afternoon prayers, Shabbat evening prayers and holiday melodies.
- Helps develop skills and attitudes that lead to a sophisticated spiritual life, in which students lead services and foster a love for prayer and Jewish tradition.
- Engages students in dialogue about current world news, adolescent development, character development and ethical dilemmas (6th-8th).