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Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County

275 Bergen Avenue
New Milford, NJ 07646

(201) 262-9898


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County is a Jewish Day School, which educates students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. Being affiliated with the Conservative Movement, we recognize diverse forms of Jewish practice and welcome Jewish students of varying religious backgrounds.

At Solomon Schechter, we have an enriched curriculum which brings together two great cultures, Jewish and Western. It is our goal to instill in our students a pride in and commitment to both Jewish and American values. Our curriculum strives to help students achieve academic excellence in both English and Hebrew language arts, mathematics, social science, general science and religious studies, as well as music, art, and physical education. We integrate material taught within each grade, as well as within curricular areas across grade levels. Recognizing that curiosity is a key motivation for learning, our approach fosters inquiry, facilitating our students' ability to question and to learn independently. By reinforcing critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving, we prepare our students for a lifetime of learning.

We nurture in our children an allegiance to Torah in its broadest sense, encompassing all fields of Jewish study. We encourage positive relations among people and between the human and the Divine - relationships which are expressed in part, through the observance of mitzvot (commandments). Our quest for God includes, as central, Torah and Tefilah (prayer), as well as the ability to reach beyond ourselves. In encouraging positive relations among people, we emphasize the sanctity of life, the need to respect and get along with others, a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the broader Jewish community and to the State of Israel. We are committed to complete equality of opportunity for both boys and girls in religious as well as secular life.

We serve a student body from a variety of social, intellectual and economic backgrounds. The nurturing environment that our teachers provide enhances each student's personal development. It is our belief that students develop self-esteem by completing difficult tasks and fulfilling responsibilities, and that these accomplishments promote their happiness. Thus through early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs, our Solomon Schechter Day School enhances opportunities for each child to experience the joy of learning.

Finally, our school is a dynamic institution, ever striving to achieve its highest goals and open to assessing its progress.

Excerpted from the preschool's website