Welcome to
Rodeph Sholom School

OUR MISSION

To develop each student’s love of learning and sense of responsibility to themselves and their community through meaningful experiences and intellectual exploration

OUR VISION

Inspiring today’s curious learners to become tomorrow’s purpose-driven leaders

OUR Values

Message from the Head of School

I am so pleased that you are visiting Rodeph Sholom School’s website. In the five years that my family and I have had the privilege to be part of this special community, we have continued to deepen our appreciation for the particular blend of closely-knit community, powerful academic learning, and deeply held values that anchor this wonderful place for children to learn and grow.

In this, my 30th year in independent school education, I see immense opportunity to harness the passionate engagement of the intelligent, thoughtful, and caring individuals - from two-year-olds to 30-year-plus faculty veterans - who make this place churn with positive energy in order to fulfill our commitment to develop each student’s love of learning and sense of responsibility to themselves and their community through meaningful experiences and intellectual exploration.

I am honored to lead this school in collaboration with a talented and committed leadership team and faculty and staff, and I am proud to be a parent of two thriving students in the school. Whether you are just starting to learn about Rodeph Sholom School, are returning to check in on us, or are one of the hundreds of individuals that together keep the spirit of the school alive every day, I invite you to engage and be part of preparing tomorrow’s purpose-driven leaders to make the world a better place one action at a time.

Sincerely,

Danny Karpf P’23 ‘26
Head of School
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Reform Jewish Education

The Reform Jewish education at Rodeph Sholom School is guided by the principle of informed choice and rooted in tradition, identity, ethics, and critical thinking. It amplifies our excellent independent school program as it fulfills our vision to cultivate students who are purpose-driven leaders. Our Jewish Life & Learning programs foster the following qualities in our students:

Journey from Early Childhood through 8th Grade

Here are some of the reasons why our experience, as well as academic research, demonstrates that the Nursery through 8th Grade education at Rodeph Sholom School benefits all of our students.

The Purpose-Driven Leader

Rodeph Sholom School inspires today’s curious learners to become tomorrow’s purpose-driven leaders. Students throughout our school learn that there are many ways to lead. They model responsible behaviors and share complex ideas, they treat others with empathy and compassion, and they stand up for each other, even when it is not easy to do. As graduates, they find unique ways to make positive contributions to their communities. They motivate and empower others, inspire action, effectively communicate and advocate for ideas, and have the conviction and humility to stand for what they believe is right.

Five Key Qualities of a Purpose-Driven Leader

From Nursery through 8th Grade, we seek to cultivate Five Key Qualities in our students that will equip and inspire them to thrive as purpose-driven leaders in their communities and in the world. The Rodeph Sholom School educational experience builds these qualities in our students as we strive to fulfill our mission and vision guided by our core values.

Passionate
Confident
Socially Responsible
Informed
Intentional
Passionate
Confident
Socially Responsible
Informed
Intentional

Passionate

Curiosity, wonder, and inquisitiveness are at the root of joy and excitement in learning. Wherever they are learning - be it the classroom, on the field, or in the art studio - and whatever they are doing as part of our program, our students are developing the interests and passions that will shape their lives.

Confident

Self-confidence is at the core of leadership. Our dedicated faculty work to instill our students with the confidence to embrace challenges and try new things. Consistent attention to students’ social and emotional well-being, opportunities to engage in public speaking, and a curriculum that explicitly teaches self-advocacy empowers our students to become change-makers in their community and the world.

Socially Responsible

Jewish tradition compels us towards a moral obligation to care not only for ourselves and for our school, but also for our city and our world. Service learning, volunteerism, and activism are an integral part of our real-world curriculum and the life of our community.

Informed

Having deep knowledge and dynamic skills allows students to thrive within and beyond the walls of the classroom. Our challenging academic curriculum provides each student with a strong foundation for future success, and also the tools to enact change.

Intentional

Knowing how to synthesize information and act thoughtfully enables each student to lead in a multitude of ways. Throughout their Rodeph Sholom School journey, students are offered extensive opportunities to think critically, analyze texts, and engage in meaningful dialogue and debate. Students learn by doing, realizing their words and actions have the power to make a difference in the world.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice

Building on our core values of Community (Kehilah), Responsibility (Achrayut), and Love of Learning (Limmud), Rodeph Sholom School students, families, staff, and faculty work every day to maintain and enhance a sense of belonging for all community members. In order to develop today’s curious learners into tomorrow’s purpose-driven leaders, we recognize that we must help students understand and have pride in their own multiple identities while also understanding the ways in which others’ identities impact the way they experience the world. Further, we teach students to understand the world in which they live, both locally and more broadly, so that they can work to improve the world for all, as Judaism calls us to do.

We are committed to being an inclusive environment, a place of learning that welcomes multiple perspectives, and a community that celebrates and benefits from our commonalities as well as our differences. We are actively working to increase the diversity in our families and students and our faculty and staff in terms of all aspects of identity. A multi-stakeholder Oversight Committee made up of Board members, administrators, staff, teachers, and parent leaders supports the institution’s growth in enhancing our collective work in these areas, while a Board Task Force and Faculty/Staff Steering Committee work to continue education and professional development and implement initiatives.

Facts at a Glance

STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO 4:1
Enrollment 413
Faculty 90
Staff 30
Enrollment 413
Faculty 90
Staff 30
Enrollment
Independent, Co-Educational Day School
Religious Affiliation
Reform Jewish -
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Student Body
Nursery through 8th Grade
Location
Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Accreditation
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)