What grades does the school include, and how many students are enrolled?

Where do your graduates attend high school?

Where do your graduates attend universities and colleges?

Where are you located?

Are you accredited?

Who started the school, and when?

How large are your classes? How many teachers work with each?

What is your curriculum?

Do you have any after-school or extracurricular programs?

Describe the community. Are the parents friendly?

If your tuition is set on a sliding scale, how can you afford this enriched educational program?

Q. What grades does the school include, and how many students are enrolled?

A. Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School is a nursery through eighth grade school. We currently have 100 students enrolled.

Q. Where do your graduates attend high school?

A. Some of our graduates attend Jewish High Schools, such as Frisch and Solomon Schechter of Essex and Union. Over the years we have had students choose to continue in independent high schools, including Dwight-Englewood Preparatory School and Montclair Kimberley Academy. Some of our graduates have enrolled in specialized public high schools, such as Bergen Academies in Hackensack and Teterboro, or in other elite public high school programs.

Q. Where do your graduates attend universities and colleges?

A. We are very proud of our graduates. They have been accepted and attended top-ranking universities and colleges. To mention a few: Beer Sheva University, Binghamton University (SUNY), Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Fashion Institute of Technology, George Washington University, Hofstra Law School, Ithaca College, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson and Wales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Mount Sinai Medical School, Muhlenberg College, New Paltz University (SUNY), New Jersey College of Engineering, Penn State, Philadelphia College of Design, Pittsburgh University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Michigan.

Q. Where are you located?

A. Our school is located at 45 Spruce Street, Oakland, NJ. Our school borders the towns of Wayne, Mahwah, Franklin Lakes, and Wyckoff.

Q. Are you accredited?

A. Yes. We are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We are chartered as a Jewish day school by The Schechter Day School Network , which is associated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Q. Who started the school, and when?

A. Rabbi David Panitz of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey in Paterson, Rabbi Jeffrey Siegelman, of Shomrei Torah in Wayne, and Dr. Bruce Leibowitz, a parent recognized the need for a Conservative Jewish Day School in our community. The school opened in 1985 with a kindergarten and first grade class totaling 17 students, at Congregation Beth Shalom in Pompton Lakes. The school moved to its current location in 1994.

Q. How large are your classes? How many teachers work with each?

A. Our classes range in size to an average of 8 to 12 students.

In Early Childhood (N2-PreK), we have two teachers in each class. In Early Childhood (K), there are two teachers in the morning for the General Studies and two teachers in the afternoon, for the Judaic Studies. In the Elementary School (1-4), each class is taught by two full-time teachers, who share responsibility for the child’s development as a learner across all subject areas, Jewish and General. Middle School students (5-8) have several teachers, who specialize in the areas of Humanities, Math, Sciences, Hebrew Language, Rabbinics and Jewish History.

Specialist teachers also work with our students in art, music, physical education, and library.

Q. What is your curriculum?

A. Our goal is to help students grow into active, skilled, and powerful learners. In all subjects, from math to t’filah (prayer), lessons are planned to help students grow in mastery and confidence. Extensive individualized and group work means teachers spend less time talking at the front of the classroom, and more time listening to and observing students in their individual progress. In Lower Elementary classes, students periodically collaborate to choose their class theme of study. Older students choose questions to research in individual projects that grow increasingly complex, culminating in Middle School exhibitions in each of the core areas of study. Smart Boards and technology are integrated in most subject areas, both General and Judaic.

Q. Do you have any after-school or extracurricular programs?

A. Yes. There are a variety of after-school and extracurricular programs for all ages and grade levels.

Q. Describe the community. Are the parents friendly?

A. Our very active Parents’ Association is charged with helping Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School stay a learning and caring community. Workshops on children’s learning and development, and opportunities for Jewish learning alternate in the Parents’ Association calendar with fundraisers and community building events. Many Academies parents find that other parents in the school have become their closest friends.

A. Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School is not just a school; it is a warm and concerned community. Our very active Parent Teacher Organization together with our Head of School, Mr. Robert Smolen, and the Admissions department, are charged with helping assure that we stay a learning and caring community. Parents are invited to partake or to host Shabbat Across GBDS, in their homes; workshops on children’s learning and development, and opportunities for Jewish learning alternate in the PTO calendar with fundraisers and community building events. An annual Back to School BBQ at the beginning of the school year is attended by the majority of Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School families. A New Parent Buddy system is in place to welcome all new families and to assist in their integration into the Academies community. Many parents find that other parents in the school have become their closest friends.

Q. If your tuition is set on a sliding scale, how can you afford this enriched educational program?

A. The school community – parents, grandparents, board of trustees, and many other friends of Jewish education – raises about three hundred and fifty thousand dollars each school year to support our dual commitment to excellence. We encourage every single family in the school to make some gift in financial support, at a level appropriate to their means.

 

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