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 schedule a tour and come see RSS faculty and students in action. As of September, when our 84th Street facilities renovation will be complete, we are offering small group tours. Our online application will become available September 1st for the 2015-2016 academic year; openings are available in our Twos program through 8th Grade. Financial aid is available to qualified families. Please contact the Admissions Office at 646 438-8600 for additional information or visit our website at www.rodephsholomschool.org.
RSS Summer Camp
At Rodeph Sholom School Summer Camp, we are devoted to providing children with fun, safe, and memorable experiences. Friendships, activities, and personal growth are the aspects that shape a summer at RSS camp. Our high energy and enthusiastic staff are completely dedicated to ensuring your child has the best experience possible. Head counselors are all certified teachers, and many work at RSS during the school year.
RSS Summer Camp is open to all children, including those enrolled at RSS, as well as children from other schools, who are entering or are enrolled in a Threes program, Pre-K or Kindergarten. Camp runs for 7 weeks in the summer from mid-June through mid-August.
The registration for RSS Summer Camp is on our website at www.rodephsholomschool.org/summercamp.
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.
For more information and registration, please visit the Learning Together section of our website at www.rodephsholomschool.org/learningtogether.
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