A unique college preparatory school that does not need to “teach to the test,” Schechter Westchester High School offers a structured yet flexible, integrated, concept-oriented curriculum. Both our secular and Judaic studies classes are rigorous and we expect our students to be thoughtful, active learners.
Our students learn from our teachers and each other. Our teachers learn from each other and our students. No discipline stands alone. Student presentations incorporate not just subject matter but demonstrate presentation skills. For some assignments, students may choose to present orally, visually, or even musically rather than a written presentation. We seek to interweave disciplines and curricular elements such as skills and modes of thinking that may be taught more effectively in relation to each other rather than separately.
In the study of history, for example, memorizing dates and facts or the identification of wars and political leaders have their place; properly conceived, however, history includes ideas, cultural developments, and social, political, and religious movements. We want our students’ experience of history to include the evolution of diverse cultures, the changing relationships among peoples, races, genders, religions, and ideologies as well as the development of mathematical and scientific thinking, the evolution of technology, and history’s connection with the natural world and humanity’s relationship with God.
Thoughtful, Active Learners
Our students are expected to reflect on their own perspective and explore perspectives beyond their own. We want them to apply what and how they learn in the classroom to real-life issues, questions, and dilemmas. Sensitive, well-informed, and well-trained students continually reflect not simply on the themes and topics but on ways of thinking and perceiving.
Schechter Westchester High School maintains a philosophy of inclusion for students with diverse learning needs. We recognize some students require academic support to ensure their success. The Center for Academic Support is a comprehensive program designed to support these needs.