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Yeshivas and other Jewish options

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Apart from Catholic schools, Jewish schools represent the largest religious affiliation for secondary education in the city. The vibrant Jewish community has access to a plethora of school options that offer both competitive academic programs and religious education.

Most Jewish schools offer longer school days to accommodate this dual program. Some are fully coeducational, while some coeducational schools may divide religious subjects by gender and still others are for boys or girls only, focusing on different areas of religious education.

The New York Post has a guide to the best high schools in town.

Many Jewish schools also encourage graduates to take a sabbatical year in Israel to study Judaic subjects at a purely religious school, or yeshiva.

Autonomous schools accept applicants from across the city and region, while many high schools are connected to middle or elementary education programs that feed their first-year classes. Small schools often cater to local students in a given district; large schools accept students from all over New York state and beyond, including neighboring communities in the tri-state area.

The Post’s selection of schools reflects their strong academic performance and offerings, religious education, student resources, community involvement and reputation. Graduation rates are self-reported by schools.

ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL SECONDARY SCHOOL

20 West End Avenue, Manhattan
Registration: 250 (approximately) (mixed)
Four-year graduation rate: N / A
Tuition fees: $ 50,760

This Upper West Side school seeks to embody the inclusive ethics and philosophy of its namesake, 20th century theologian, philosopher, and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel. From its classes to its religious programming, the school emphasizes diversity and pluralism.

Like many Jewish schools, Heschel begins the school day with a prayer service, or tefilah. However, students may choose to spend this time reciting prayers, expressing themselves through the arts, or discussing social justice issues.

Diversity plays a role in choices throughout the school’s curriculum, especially for final year students. A Heschel senior can analyze the role of power in the “Queer, Woman and Brown” option in English, study the modern history of Israel from an Israeli and Palestinian perspective, and explore the plurality of Judaism and its movements.

Heschel also has a strong music department, with a jazz band, a capella band and electronic music club, as well as a recording studio.

Ramaz Upper School allows students to choose from a variety of majors.
Ramaz Upper School allows students to choose from a variety of majors.
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RAMAZ SUPERIOR SCHOOL

60 E. 78th St., Manhattan
Enrollment: 359 (mixed)
Four-year graduation rate: 100%
Tuition fees: $ 34,815

Ramaz promotes itself as a college preparatory program with highly structured Jewish and secular education programs. With around 90 students in each year – made up of students from its college program and other schools – the school boasts high scores on the SAT and ACT and a four-year college attendance.

In accordance with Ramaz’s academic orientation, students can further their studies with a choice of five general studies majors, four Judaic studies majors and four academic minors. In addition to elective courses in business, journalism, media, politics, science and technology, the school runs over a dozen specialized courses for seniors to pass the Advanced exams. Placement.

Ramaz students can enjoy a rich extracurricular life, compete in multiple sports, debate, mock trial, United Nations model, congress model and national Bible contest, among others. There is also a feminist club, a French culture club, a choir and many student publications.

Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in Riverdale does not have any class ranks or weighted ratings.
Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in Riverdale does not have any class ranks or weighted ratings.
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SALANTER AKIBA RIVERDALE ACADEMY (SAR)

655 W. 254th St., Bronx
Lettering: 634 (mixed)
Four-year graduation rate: 100%
Tuition fees: $ 26,510

The ethics of this Bronx school revolve around individual development and growth rather than pure academic performance. Students are unranked, grades are unweighted, and there is no honor society or academic awards for individual students, aimed at promoting a non-competitive environment focused on exploration.

“We truly believe that the more connected children to school and the happier the students are in their school, the better they will learn and the more they will identify with the values ​​of the school,” said Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, principal. from school.

For a more individual focus, each year of 150 students is divided into groups of about 10 for a weekly meeting with a dedicated member of the faculty or administration, where students work on issues such as high school accommodation. or planning for their future after graduation.

The school offers French, Spanish and Arabic lessons for the four years. Hebrew studies range from language courses to explorations of classical and contemporary literature. After a full year of studio art and a year of music, students with a humanities focus can choose courses in 3D art, musical theater, Asian history, and more.

The Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Yeshiva offers a balance between Jewish and secular studies.
The Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Yeshiva offers a balance between Jewish and secular studies.
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YESHIVAH DE FLATBUSH JOEL BRAVERMAN HIGH SCHOOL

1609 Avenue J, Brooklyn
Lettering: 670 (mixed)
Four-year graduation rate: 100%
Tuition fees: $ 36,000

With plenty of facilities, student resources, and extracurricular activities, students at Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Coed Yeshivah have plenty of choice, with a balance between secular and religious education.

The school’s Judaic studies are segregated by gender and shaped around the school’s core Zionist ethics, with Jewish subjects taught in Hebrew. On the secular side, Flatbush Yeshivah offers dozens of advanced placement courses and requires students to earn a Regents degree with an advanced designation.

“It’s totally integrated, and I think that’s one of the things that sets us apart as a Jewish school, is that we value them both and say each one informs the others,” said Rabbi Joseph Beyda, the principal of the school. “The Judaic and the secular make the other excellent. “

A recent extension to the building added a library, additional classrooms, meeting spaces for students, and a religious learning center. The school also has a Mac lab and provides each freshman with a Chromebook laptop.

YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTA)

2540 Amsterdam Ave., Manhattan
Staff: 290 (approximately) (boys)
Four-year graduation rate: N / A
Tuition fees: $ 23,000

Housed in a century-old building in Washington Heights, this boys-only school was a pioneer in the dual format of secular and religious curriculum now common in Jewish high schools. As a preparatory school for Yeshiva University, the institution – also known as the Marsha Stern Talmudic Academy, or MTA – combines in-depth religious learning with college-level work.

Accepting students from all over the city and beyond, the school offers dormitories, events, and dining options. Seniors may also choose to spend a few nights a week in the school residences for additional religious learning.

MTA emphasizes religious studies and provides additional learning opportunities with Yeshiva University students and rabbis outside of the regular school day. Likewise, the school has access to university-level facilities, laboratories and resources. Some students may collaborate with college academic advisers on independent projects and take up to four courses at the university or in its business school program.

(The writer attended Yeshiva University.)