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Shalom and welcome to Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School, Solomon Schechter of North Jersey encompassing the George and Arline Haar Middle School. Our mission is to provide academic excellence in a nurturing Jewish environment-one child at a time. The educators, staff, Board, and I are committed to creating this and we live this mission every day. When you walk through our doors, you will experience a unique learning environment. 

As you browse through our web site, you will find answers to many of your questions, as well as get a taste of what makes us proud of Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School. To truly appreciate this warm, enriching environment, you must experience it for yourself.

Come visit our school, meet our students, faculty, administrators, parents, and alumni. See our GBDS family in action!

Mr. Robert Smolen

Head of School


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Academies at GBDS features a strong academic program and an egalitarian, supportive environment. We pair a strong Jewish identity with an innovative curriculum. Our students undertake a journey of self-exploration, guided by warm and passionate educators. They graduate with a love of learning, a deep connection to Israel, and the building blocks for extraordinary futures: knowledge, creativity, leadership, Hebrew fluency, analytical skills, confidence, humility, philanthropy and community. 


Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School was founded in 1985 by a group of committed families with the support of rabbis from synagogues in Pompton Lakes, Wayne, and Paterson, NJ. The first eighth grade class graduated from The George and Arline Haar Middle School in 1999. Our graduates have excelled in selective high schools and higher education.