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Welcome from Michael Kay, Head of School

Welcome to Solomon Schechter School of Westchester! We are an independent, coeducational, K-12 Jewish day school, serving the full breadth of the Jewish community in Westchester County and throughout the Tri-State area.

Set on two expansive, beautifully landscaped campuses, Schechter Westchester provides students with a rigorous academic program and a broad array of extracurricular opportunities, situated within a dynamic, nurturing community. The members of our faculty represent a wide range of backgrounds and approaches but share the common goal of cultivating an inspirational learning environment that meets the needs of each student. Our curriculum is both modern and timeless, emphasizing such crucial twenty-first-century skills as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and engagement with diversity while resting on a foundation of classical Jewish values.

Schechter Westchester offers the best in independent-school education, encouraging students to discover and pursue their passions. We take pride in not asking families to compromise on their educational priorities: academic excellence is supplemented with robust opportunities in competitive athletics and the arts, and the vibrant Jewish life program ensures that learning is constantly infused with joy and celebration. Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) program has been enhanced in all three divisions, and it now includes computer-science enrichment programs, a robotics team, and the “Idea Incubator” engineering/fabrication lab in the Upper School. Students receive individual attention both inside and outside the classroom, beginning in kindergarten and extending through our personalized college counseling process. The twelth-grade year is highlighted by our extraordinary capstone program, the Lev v’Nefesh trip to Poland and Israel.

Schechter Westchester graduates represent the next generation of leadership for the Jewish community, the United States, and the world; they leave our school exceptionally well prepared to succeed in these roles and meet these challenges.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our Lower School, Middle School, and High School divisions. In particular, I draw your attention to our recently-enhanced AKIVA program, which provides a tailored learning experience for students who enter Schechter Westchester without having previously attended a Jewish day school.

Whether you are new to the Schechter Westchester community; a longtime friend, supporter, or student; or a proud alumnus, I look forward to welcoming you.

Musings by Dr. Kay:
Articles and Presentations

We invite you to read and watch Schechter Westchester's Head of School Dr. Michael Kay on a range of topics.

Reflections from the Schoolhouse: How Can Schools Most Effectively Use Reverse Role Modeling?Jewish Link, May 10, 2018




Meet Our Head of School

Michael A. Kay holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and History from Harvard University (2001) and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Jewish Studies from New York University (2009), where he wrote his dissertation on leadership and community building in pluralistic Jewish high schools.

He completed a seven-year tenure at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, MD, where he served as Upper School Principal, Upper School Director of Judaic Studies, and a teacher of Bible and Jewish History. Prior to joining CESJDS, Michael taught at the New Atlanta Jewish Community High School (now the Weber School) and served as Director of Camp Givah, a Jewish summer camp in upstate New York. In addition, he has extensive experience in adult Jewish education in Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Michael is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Day School Leadership Training Institute, and he is a recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Network for Research in Jewish Education. He and his wife Rachel have two children.

These words by Rabbi Yishmael, which reflect the essence of our mission, are found in Pirkei Avot. They advise us to lead lives filled with learning, teaching, preservation of our heritage, and social action.

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