NYC Private School Focus: The Ramaz School

by NYC Firm Schools on July 14, 2010

The Ramaz School in New York City is an all-encompassing Jewish school that includes an Early Childhood Center, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. The school name takes its initials (RMZ) from the renowned Jewish Rabbi, Moses Zevulun Margolies. He was known as The RaMaZ during his ministry. Though he did not establish the school, his grandson-in-law Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein, in the 1930′s, sought to establish a day school for Jewish children. And in 1937 he did just that.

Early Childhood Center

Children in the Early Childhood program are taught in a warm and nurturing environment that is interactive in a way that helps to stimulate individual growth and individuality.

Our philosophy is based on a developmental approach. The early childhood classroom provides an interactive environment that stimulates the different talents and abilities of each developing child. We encourage children to become independent learners, to explore their Jewish identity, to discover their environment, promoting personal creativity and expression.

The Lower School

The lower schools expands on learning to allow students to use their minds for more critical thinking, and Jewish studies curriculum comes into play as students master more skills. An emphasis on the Hebrew language is  emphasized.

The Ramaz Lower School is a modern orthodox, coeducational yeshivah day school spanning grades one through four. Embracing the finest aspects of Jewish and Western culture, we help each student develop a personal commitment to a life of Torah and mitzvot in the modern world, as well as a love for the Jewish people and Medinat Yisrael.

The Middle School

The academic program for the Middle School is more advanced in learning and steers away from the “homeroom-based model.” Middle School spans grades 5 through 8.

The Middle School provides a dynamic learning environment that fosters individual growth, intellectual curiosity and academic excellence, all occurring within a vibrant Torah atmosphere. We help each student develop a personal commitment to a life of Torah and mitzvot in the modern world, as well as a love for the Jewish people and Medinat Yisrael.

The Upper School

The Upper School spans grades 9 through 12 and expands on Jewish studies and teaches students to follow a life of Torah learning and mitzvot, to the land and country of Israel, as well as appreciation for Western cultures.

Through its curricular and cocurricular offerings, the Upper School encourages its students to pursue intellectual challenge, to love learning, and to involve themselves in communal activity. The program offers a rigorous, integrated dual curriculum in general and Judaic studies with an emphasis on the Hebrew language.

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