Curriculum Overview

Our Promise: The Brandeis Difference – Academics, Character, Community:

Creating Global Jewish Leaders

The mission of The Brandeis School is to encourage intellectual development in a nurturing environment; instill in our students Jewish values and ethics as a way of life; imbue in our students a respect and love for Jewish culture and the State of Israel.

Our vision is to prepare our students to become the future leaders of the Jewish community through offering a challenging and compelling General and Judaic Studies curriculum while aspiring to develop within all of our students a strong sense of character, self-worth and intellectual curiosity.

We believe that the study of Torah is central to the formation of a Jewish child. To this end we have a very active and vibrant Chesed program through which all families can participate in and perform Mitzvoth and do their part in collaborating in Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. The Brandeis School also fosters a deep connection to and love for the State of Israel. Our love of Israel is threaded throughout the yearly curriculum at every grade level.

  • Early Education: Nursery, PK and Kindergarten
    A foundation for learning begins in the nurturing, respectful and stimulating environment of The Brandeis School’s Early Education Program. The primary goal for the Early Education Program is to create a nurturing educational environment that allows students to develop independently and at their own pace. The curriculum facilitates activities that foster the development of positive self-esteem, independence and resiliency.

    We believe that the study of Torah is central to the formation of a Jewish child. To this end we have a very active and vibrant Chesed program through which all families can participate in and perform Mitzvoth and do their part in collaborating in Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place. The Brandeis School also fosters a deep connection to and love for the State of Israel. Our love of Israel is threaded throughout the yearly curriculum at every grade level.

    General Studies 
    To foster reading readiness we employ a balanced literacy approach that stresses the essential dimensions of reading through the teaching of phonics. Comprehension and vocabulary are also developed through daily read-alouds, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing and mini-lessons. By working in small groups, teachers allow students to successfully and independently apply these strategies to their own reading and writing.

    Mathematics is also a priority in the Early Education curriculum. Students are introduced to mathematical concepts in a rich contextual environment that provides many opportunities to explore and investigate mathematics with tangible materials. The curriculum touches on Mathematical Reasoning, Numbers and Numerations, Whole Numbers, Models/Representation, Measurement, Estimation and Patterns.

    The General Studies Program also includes Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Physical Education and Technology components.

    Judaic Studies
    The Early Education Judaic Studies curriculum includes basic lessons in Chumash (Bible), Dinim (Laws), Tefillah (Prayers) and Hebrew Language Studies.

    As the Hebrew Bible is the earliest link in the chain of our tradition, it is the foundation of our collective identity and practice as a people and it is also part of the legacy that the Jewish people have given to the world. Students learn about The Book of Genesis and are introduced to the Torah portion of the week.

    The Jewish way of life is defined by the practice of daily Mitzvoth. Students are instructed about Shabbat observance and participate in weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services. The laws of Kashruth are observed throughout the building and practiced in each grade of our Early Education Program.

    Prayer is an integral part of each school day at The Brandeis School. Our children are taught (age appropriately) that in prayer we reflect about our deepest concerns and hopes, both as individuals and as part of the Jewish people. Our youngest students conduct Tefilah in their classrooms. They recite prayers and blessings for holy days and festivals.

    The Hebrew language is the key to the Jewish culture and tradition. Hebrew immersion, in which Hebrew is exclusively spoken, characterizes our approach to language acquisition. During the Judaic portion of each day, the teacher converses with the class in Hebrew and introduces vocabulary through concrete materials, pictures and gestures.

    If you have any further questions about our Early Education curriculum, please call us at (516) 371-4747 ext 300.

  • Elementary School Program: 1st-4th Grades

    General Studies
    In an attempt to merge current research with best practices, the 1st and 2nd Grade English Language Arts curriculum is designed to develop a love of reading as they acquire the skills of phonemic awareness and comprehension. The 3rd and 4th Grade curriculum is designed to strengthen this phonemic awareness and comprehension skills and to serve as a positive catalyst for instilling a love of reading. Our curriculum is aligned with the New York State Common Core Standards and students are taught to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding; literary response and expression; critical analysis and evaluation and social interaction.

    The Elementary School Mathematics curriculum is designed to introduce and enhance, through the grades, our students to basic number concepts and problem solving strategies within mathematical content areas. Students are taught to apply their mathematical knowledge to real life situations through the use of manipulatives, visual charts and diagrams. By the end of 4th Grade, students have been taught the basics of algebra, geometry and statistics and probability.

    Throughout the Elementary School years, the Secular Studies curriculum also includes Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Technology and Physical Education components. Our Elementary School programming fosters a rich environment of collaborative learning infused with technology and critical thinking.

    Judaic Studies
    The Judaic Studies curriculum in throughout the Elementary School years builds upon the foundation established in the Early Education Program. Students are immersed in Jewish values, heritage, texts and language. Students learn prayers, to read from the Torah, perform Jewish rituals and Mitzvoth and connect to Israel in a multitude of ways.

    The Elementary School Judaic Studies curriculum includes increasingly detailed and nuanced lessons in Chumash (Bible), Dinim (Laws), Tefillah (Prayers) and Hebrew Language Studies.

    As the Hebrew Bible is the earliest link in the chain of our tradition, it is the foundation of our collective identity and practice as a people and it is also part of the legacy that the Jewish people have given to the world. Students learn about The Book of Genesis and are introduced to the Torah portion of the week.

    The Jewish way of life is defined by the practice of daily Mitzvoth. Students are instructed about Shabbat observance and participate in weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services. The laws of Kashruth are observed throughout the building and practiced in each grade of our Elementary Education Program.

    Prayer is an integral part of each school day at The Brandeis School. Our children are taught (age appropriately) that in prayer we reflect about our deepest concerns and hopes, both as individuals and as part of the Jewish people. Our youngest students conduct Tefilah in their classrooms. They recite prayers and blessings for holy days and festivals.

    The Hebrew language is the key to the Jewish culture and tradition. Hebrew immersion, in which Hebrew is exclusively spoken, characterizes our approach to language acquisition. During the Judaic portion of each day, the teacher converses with the class in Hebrew and introduces vocabulary through concrete materials, pictures and gestures. Throughout the course of Elementary School, Hebrew language skills will develop and strengthen in listening and comprehension, speaking, letter identification, whole word recognition, phonetic analysis, and writing Hebrew in both print and script.

    If you have any further questions about our Elementary School curriculum, please call us at (516) 371-4747 ext 300.

  • Middle School Program: 5th-8th Grades

    General Studies
    The Middle School ELA curriculum is designed to build on students’ skills in reading/literature, writing, speaking and listening. Emphasis is placed on a variety of writing forms: narrative, descriptive, explanatory and creative. Reading instruction focuses on the development of vocabulary, comprehension and critical analysis skills. Throughout the Middle School years, students read Shakespeare and learn the skills necessary for research. Based on New York State Core Standards, students learn to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding, for literary response and expression; critical analysis and evaluation and for social interaction.

    The Middle School Mathematics curriculum connects process understandings such as conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and problem solving to the content areas of Number Sense and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement and Statistics and Probability. Throughout Middle School Math, there is an accelerated and a regular track so that the individual needs of all the students are met. The accelerated track leads to a Regents exam in Integrated Algebra at the end of 8th Grade. The regular track will prepare students for the same Regents at the completion of 9th Grade.

    Throughout the Middle School years, the curriculum also includes Social Studies, Science, Art, Music, Technology and Physical Education components. Our Middle School programming fosters a rich environment of collaborative learning infused with technology and critical thinking.

    Judaic Studies
    The Judaic Studies curriculum throughout the Middle School builds upon the foundation established in the Elementary School Program. Students are immersed in Jewish values, heritage, texts and language. Students learn prayers, to read from the Torah, perform Jewish rituals and Mitzvoth and connect to Israel in a multitude of ways.

    As the Hebrew Bible is the earliest link in the chain of our tradition, it is the foundation of our collective identity and practice as a people and it is also part of the legacy that the Jewish people have given to the world. The Middle School Judaic Studies curriculum includes increasingly detailed and nuanced lessons in Chumash (Bible), Dinim (Laws), Tefillah (Prayers) and Hebrew Language Studies. In the Middle School, students are also exposed to Mishnah, Talmud and Torah Reading.

    The Jewish way of life is defined by the practice of daily Mitzvoth. Students continue to be instructed about Shabbat observance. The laws of Kashruth are observed and practiced throughout the building. Prayer is an integral part of each school day at The Brandeis School. Our students are taught (age appropriately) that in prayer we reflect about our deepest concerns and hopes, both as individuals and as part of the Jewish people. The Middle School participates daily in Teffilat Shacharit. Minyan is led by students and the Rabbi and includes Torah reading on Monday and Thursday.

    The Hebrew language is the key to the Jewish culture and tradition. Hebrew immersion, in which Hebrew is exclusively spoken, characterizes our approach to language acquisition. During the Judaic Studies classes, the teacher and students converse entirely in Hebrew. By the 8th Grade, the Judaic Studies curriculum expands further to include Jewish History and Holocaust Studies.

    If you have any further questions about our Elementary School curriculum, please call us at (516) 371-4747 ext 300.

  • High School Transition
    The goal of The Brandeis School’s Middle School is to successfully transition our 6th- 8th Grade students from elementary school to High School preparedness. The Middle School, in a warm and nurturing atmosphere, continues to focus on Judaic studies, Secular studies, and the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, moral and physical growth of our students. The Brandeis School celebrates the uniqueness of Middle Schoolers by providing innovative and exciting learning opportunities specifically designed to address the specific developmental needs of each student. Following graduation from The Brandeis School, 8th Graders matriculate into both public and private high schools.