The middle school years are ones of incredible growth and discovery. In these years, children become increasingly independent and develop into abstract thinkers, deeply engaged with the world around them. At Rodeph Sholom School, we honor this unique developmental stage by shepherding the children through these years with support and guidance. We build upon the skills, concepts and values instilled in the Early Childhood and Elementary Divisions, finding numerous opportunities to reflect upon and celebrate student growth and accomplishments.
Through a developmentally thoughtful program, RSS supports each child’s cognitive and social emotional growth. In our challenging and stimulating curriculum, students think critically, engage with each other and the world around them, while holding themselves to high standards. Students are given space to explore, make choices, develop self-advocacy, and be independent, in a structured and safe environment.
Of course, with increased independence comes increased responsibility, and we help guide students in making appropriate choices. Our robust advisory program is designed to support each child’s emotional development, navigate social challenges, and help them learn to work together to create a strong community. At the heart of our program is a connection to Jewish values and traditions; an emphasis on respect, collaboration, and a responsibility to the world around them. We develop engaged citizens and learners, teaching them not to just do, but to gain a deep and socially conscious understanding of the world through questioning and analysis.
Towards the end of the middle school experience, students and families are supported through our highly successful high school placement process. All of the components of our rigorous program prepare Rodeph Sholom School students to thrive in a variety of the best New York City high schools.
Middle School Division Head