We endeavour to develop in our students the knowledge and skills they will need to meet the challenges of the future, so that they may become active contributors to our community, enthusiastic about what they have learned and aware of how learning can be of use to them in the future. Students are given the opportunity to transfer their classroom knowledge into the community, instilled with a sense of responsibility and chesed – kindness and compassion. Caring, listening, respect and responsibility permeate the school.
Through the study of Bible, Rabbinic literature, Jewish history, and Hebrew literature and language, students develop an appreciation of their rich intellectual heritage and a deeper commitment to the moral and ethical values of Judaism. The Jewish Studies program is predicated on the foundations of Torat Yisrael, Ahavat Yisrael and Medinat Yisrael and seeks to educate students in all aspects of Judaica. The contemporary relevance of traditional sources is accentuated so that students not only learn where to find resources but they also develop an understanding of how to integrate them into their personal experiences. The development of critical analytical skills in understanding traditional texts is also emphasized. The importance of the State of Israel is stressed.
While the secular curriculum meets the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Education, students are encouraged to go beyond the mandatory requirements through the provision of enriched courses in languages, literature, mathematics, science and social studies. Students are given a strong knowledge base in relevant subjects, while developing key skills and abilities – especially those relating to literacy, communication, numeracy, technology and creative and critical thinking. This is accomplished through a multiplicity of teaching strategies, while paying attention to individual learning styles. Both collaborative and independent learning are featured.
While maintaining the integrity of each part of the curriculum, integration aims to have each part of the curriculum come together in strength. We demonstrate the relevance of Jewish perspectives and thought in the secular disciplines.
We encourage our students along a life path guided by the dictum “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” It is a path that we hope will lead to lives of deep personal satisfaction, strong family relationships, sensitivity to difference, a zeal for worthy challenges, and a will to contribute to the community. We accomplish this through a traditional yet innovative curriculum taught by skilled, enthusiastic and engaging teachers; a school environment in which our students can grow, and be demonstrably proud of their heritage; a commitment to community service and a spirit of openness.