Rodeph Sholom School students graduate from 8th Grade with the self-confidence and skills needed to make a seamless academic transition into prominent NYC high schools.
RSS has three distinct divisions: Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle School that allow dedicated focus on each developmental phase.
RSS students and their parents have the opportunity to become lifelong members of a supportive, close-knit community.
The curriculum includes an expansive program of cultural study, introducing diverse influences that build awareness, appreciation and tolerance. Grade-wide student trips to Washington, DC, the American south, and Israel are highlights of our middle school experience.
Our low teacher/student ratio provides individualized support and a nurturing environment for learning.
RSS offers Learning Together, a grown-up-and-me style early learning program, and a Summer Camp that are led by certified teachers and open to all children students at other schools as well as RSS. These are wonderful ways to introduce a young child to our school environment and to get to know our warm, vibrant community.
- Rodeph Sholom School, a Reform Jewish day school, fosters intellectual curiosity through a challenging independent school academic program in nursery school through 8th Grade.
- At the heart of RSS is a warm, vibrant community, where students are guided by Jewish knowledge, values and ethics to become self-confident and socially responsible leaders.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Other school association(s)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Total Students||572 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 30%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||125 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Dec. 1|
|Tuition Notes||Please contact our Admissions Office for grade-specific tuition information.|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Admissions Director||Leslie Silverstein|
|Admissions Associate||Felicia Gordon|
|Total Sports Offered||8 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||8 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Choir, Drama, Glee Club, Ice Hockey, Instrumental Music, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Visit our website for other After School and Summer Camp information Choir, Drama, Glee Club, Ice Hockey, Tennis, Instrumental Music,
Visit our website for other After School and Summer Camp information,
- The Rodeph Sholom School, affiliated with Congregation Rodeph Sholom, provides students with a unique learning environment, central to which are three critical components: an N-8 structure; challenging academics; and integrated secular and Judaic studies. Each facet allows students to learn important academic content while simultaneously internalizing core Reform Jewish values.
- An N-8 Structure
- The nursery school through 8th Grade learning environment allows students time and space to retain the wonder of childhood while simultaneously offering leadership opportunities and experiences that other structures preclude. As students progress through the grades, Rodeph Sholom offers appropriate challenges along the developmental continuum. From required public speaking to student council, choir, band, and drama productions, students have a wide assortment of opportunities for leadership, risk-taking, and experimentation. Moreover, students learn how to become valued members of an extended school and congregation community and how to serve that community in a variety of leadership and supporting roles. Emphasis on character building stems from the Jewish ethos of the school and extends to the athletic fields where students learn the importance of good sportsmanship and being good team members. The structure of the school also allows for students to be mentored by the adults in the community and to serve as mentors for each other.
- Challenging Academics
- Rodeph Sholom School prepares students for the full array of New York independent and selective public high schools. From the early grades, students learn the importance of critical thinking and textual analysis. Students build strong foundations in math and science, the humanities, foreign language, and the arts. The program encourages students to master not only academic disciplines, but also to discover their own potential and to become resourceful problem solvers. Students acquire strong public speaking skills by delivering d`var Torah speeches, giving presentations in their classes, leading prayer services, and participating in a host of other active learning endeavors. Technology plays a central role in the classroom where students use SMART Boards and laptops for everything from learning geography to creating their own webpages. Rodeph Sholom students graduate with extensive foreign language experience; study of Hebrew begins in the early grades and continues through Middle School, where students also add pursuit of a Romance language.
- An Integrated Secular and Judaic Program
- In keeping with Reform Jewish practice, students learn to question in order to analyze Jewish texts and to develop positive Jewish identity and strong moral character. Through this habit of study, individual students are empowered to make informed choices with the benefit of the entire community in mind. Rodeph Sholom School offers a fully integrated program in which Judaics and Hebrew are incorporated throughout the school day in distinct Jewish Studies and Hebrew classes, in the secular studies, and in the fabric of the school community. Jewish values are embodied in classroom contracts, school procedures, and the expectation that students practice mitzvot in their personal behavior. Community service is firmly grounded in the developmental needs of the students and in the content of the curriculum to embody the concept of tikkun olam, repair of the world through social action. Students and their families are integrally involved in the life of the synagogue and, like the congregation, Rodeph Sholom School maintains a commitment to Israel and enhances students` school experience with an eighth grade trip to Israel just prior to graduation.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
New YorkGrades: K-8 | 142 students
805 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025
New YorkGrades: NS-12 | 882 students
20 W End Ave
New York, NY 10023
New YorkGrades: PK-8 | 526 students
310 West 75th Street
New York, NY 10023
New YorkGrades: PK-8 | 334 students
164 E 68th St
New York, NY 10065
New YorkGrades: PK-12 | 1093 students
114 E 85th St
New York, NY 10028
My children have been at RSS for 8 years and so far it's been a fabulous experience. Not only are they getting an incredible education, but they are growing up to be mensche's. The academics are rigorous but with a wonderful reform Jewish thread running through them. The community is especially tight-knit and supportive, coming together in good times and bad. Public speaking is instilled at a very young age and practiced in many different assignments year after year. Their love for Jewish Studies gives them a solid background in their lineage and a foundation they can build upon the rest of their lives. In Middle School the children are given the opportunity to shine and lead their peers, which is a fabulous learning tool for creating self-sufficient and confident children. We absolutely love the school and I know for a fact that my children wouldn't be who they are without it.
- Posted by Parent - karen
We chose Rodeph Sholom for our third child after sending our older two children to an academically rigorous but not religious school because we realized that they were not getting what we considered an adequate Jewish education from Hebrew School alone (plus it made for a very long day). After considering all of NYC's Jewish day schools, we decided on Rodeph because it was the one we felt offered the best secular academics in addition to a comprehensive Jewish education. Plus, being an interracial family, we wanted a school that felt like New York City, where our child would not be the odd one out. We have been very pleased by the academics and, as an added bonus, the music and PE programs are first rate (they don't talk them up nearly enough). I would recommend Rodeph to any parent looking for a Jewish school with excellent secular subjects, too.
- Posted by Parent - ASivo
Not only are all of our children incredibly happy with and appropriately challenged by their Rodeph Sholom School experiences to date, but we have found a community for our entire family. In looking at private schools in New York City, we very much wanted to give our children a top-tier academic program. At the same time, we were looking for a nurturing environment and a meaningful way to incorporate Jewish values and culture in their daily lives. RSS is truly unique in what it delivers--the academics are top notch, the reform Jewish education is the perfect fit for our family, and the school community in combination with Congregation Rodeph Sholom quickly has become the center of our family life. In addition, we know the N-8 structure will give them a rich and rewarding middle school experience. Having heard from many RSS alumni, we are confident RSS prepares students rigorously for high school and beyond, while giving them a base of friends and a community they can always come back to. We keep hearing that "Rodeph kids" are regarded at their next schools as leaders and the ones to go to for help with math among other subjects. For us, RSS is the best of all possible worlds--offering Jewish day school without sacrificing a top secular education and giving whole families a warm and committed community in New York City.
- Posted by Parent - josep
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