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Rodeph Sholom School

7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

(646) 438-8500


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Early Childhood Division provides students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to school. The division is comprised of Twos, Half-day Threes, Extended-day Threes, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. The Twos and Threes are located at 7 West 83rd Street, and Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at 10 West 84th Street. Our classes are designed to have a small student to faculty ratio, and are led by warm and enthusiastic teachers who specialize in the educational and emotional needs of younger students.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Hebrew, Yoga, Shabbat

From the Director:

In the Twos and Threes, we focus on helping students feel safe and secure in school. We help students understand what it means to be part of a community, facilitate their language development, and foster their natural curiosity about the world around them. As students move in to Pre-K and Kindergarten, we begin to introduce more formal instruction in reading, writing and math while still designing curriculum units that are appropriate to the developmental level and interests of our youngest students. Students in the Early Childhood Division receive a fun and celebratory introduction to Jewish traditions and the Hebrew language that is intended to foster pride in their Jewish identity.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish Day School, fosters intellectual curiosity through a challenging independent school academic program in nursery through eighth 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.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year