RODEPH SHOLOM SCHOOL The Only N-8 Reform Jewish Independent School in New York City
Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish Day School, fosters intellectual curiosity through a challenging independent school academic program in nursery through 8th Grade. At the heart of RSS is a warm, vibrant community, where students are guided by Jewish knowledge, values, and ethics to become self-confident and socially responsible leaders.
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and affiliated with Congregation Rodeph Sholom, RSS provides students with a unique learning environment, central to which are three critical components: our early childhood through middle school structure; challenging academics; and integrated secular and Judaic studies. Each facet allows students to learn important academic content while simultaneously internalizing core Reform Jewish values.
Rodeph Sholom School prepares students to go on and succeed at New York’s most selective independent and public high schools. From the early grades, students learn the importance of critical thinking and textual analysis. Students build strong foundations in math and science, the humanities, foreign language, and the arts. The program encourages students to master not only academic disciplines, but also to discover their own potential and to become resourceful problem solvers.
Students acquire strong public speaking skills by delivering d’var Torah speeches, giving presentations in their classes, leading prayer services, and participating in a host of other active learning endeavors.
Technology plays a central role in the classroom where students use SMART Boards, laptops and iPads for everything from learning geography to creating their own webpages.
RSS students graduate with extensive foreign language experience; study of Hebrew begins in the early grades and continues through Middle School, where students also add the pursuit of a Romance language.
Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School
Our nursery through 8th Grade learning environment allows students time and space to retain the wonder of childhood while simultaneously offering leadership opportunities and experiences that other structures preclude. As students progress through the grades, Rodeph Sholom School offers appropriate challenges along the developmental continuum.
Students have a wide assortment of opportunities for leadership, risk-taking, and experimentation in all grade levels. Emphasis on character building stems from the Jewish ethos of the school and extends to the athletic fields. The structure of the school also allows for students to be mentored by the adults in the community and to serve as mentors for each other.
An Integrated Secular and Judaic Program
In keeping with Reform Jewish practice, students learn to question in order to analyze Jewish texts and to develop positive Jewish identity and strong moral character. Through this habit of study, individual students are empowered to make informed choices with the benefit of the entire community in mind.
Rodeph Sholom School offers a fully integrated program in which Judaic studies and Hebrew are incorporated throughout the school day in distinct Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes, in secular studies, and in the fabric of the school community. Jewish values are embodied in classroom contracts, school procedures, and the expectation that students practice mitzvot in their personal behavior. Community service is firmly grounded in the developmental needs of the students and in the content of the curriculum to embody the concept of tikkun olam, repair of the world through social action.
Students and their families are integrally involved in the life of the synagogue and, like the congregation, Rodeph Sholom School maintains a commitment to Israel and enhances students’ school experience with an 8th Grade trip to Israel just prior to graduation.
At Rodeph Sholom School we strive to make the application, selection and admission process a supportive and welcoming experience. Families are encouraged to reserve a spot in a small group tour in the spring or fall to come see RSS faculty and students in action. Our online application will become available September 1st for the 2016-2017 academic year; openings are available in our Twos program through middle school. Financial Aid is available to qualified families. For additional information or to schedule your tour, please contact our Admissions Office at 646-438-8600 or visit our website at www.rodephsholomschool.org.
Summer Camp at RSS
Summer Camp at RSS is devoted to providing children with fun, safe and memorable experiences. Friendships, activities and personal growth are the aspects that shape our program. Our high energy and enthusiastic staff are completely dedicated to ensuring your child has the best experience possible. Head counselors are all certified teachers, many of whom work at RSS during the school year. Each week of our camp has a theme designed to tie the activities, projects and special events together and make the whole week more fun and engaging for our campers.
Summer Camp at RSS is open to all children who are entering or are enrolled in a Threes program, Pre-K or Kindergarten. The 2015 session runs for 7 weeks from June 22 to August 7th; campers may sign up for half-days or full, on a weekly basis or for the full session.
*New in 2015* Rodeph Sholom School has established a partnership with i2 CAMP, a national network of exceptional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs for middle school students.
i2 has developed its exciting, hands-on courses with MIT, the American Museum of Natural History, Harvard, and other world-class scientific and academic institutions to cover a range of STEM topics, including engineering, genetics, robotics, computer science, mathematics, ecology, and more. Each i2 course is a hands-on, immersive project, with the intention of engaging middle school students in areas that they don't typically study during the school year.
i2 CAMP will be offering the following courses for rising 5th/6th and 7th/8th graders on our 79th Street campus:
Learning Together is a "grownup and me"-style early learning program at RSS. It is open to all families whether or not they are enrolled at Rodeph Sholom School or members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Under the auspices of Rodeph Sholom School, Learning Together is geared towards children ages 12–24 months who are ready for a group experience.
Our program introduces toddlers to the richness of a school setting while still providing them with the support of a family adult nearby. Experienced and nuturing teachers will guide the children through a variety of engaging activities designed to stimulate their creativity and curiosity, but most importantly, to have fun!
Every class in Learning Together includes all of the elements of a developmentally appropriate program for children 12-18 months or 19-24 months old.
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