Yeshivat He'Atid Is...
Blended learning is a proven educational approach that personalizes the learning experience for each child by “blending” traditional instruction with the best that interactive technology has to offer. By complementing face-to-face instruction with modern approaches to learning, our teachers customize lesson plans to each individual student. This approach empowers educators to track students’ progress in real-time and hone in on areas of difficulty in small, rotating groups. Class time is then utilized more efficiently with a better student-teacher ratio, regardless of class size. This model enables our students to learn at their own pace and experience instructional approaches customized to their unique learning styles, strengths, weaknesses, and academic needs.
In Pre-K, students use BrainPOP Jr., an online educational program featuring fun, animated lessons and videos that instill language arts, science, social studies, and math skills. Kindergarten and First Graders use iReady, an adaptive diagnostic and teacher-led/ individualized online instruction, to enhance their reading comprehension skills. Kindergarten students will also use i-Ready as a complete blended learning solution to create a personalized learning experience for each child. i-Ready is used as a component to the math and language arts curriculum as well.
The online instruction that takes place in the in-class Learning Lab:
• Introduces new concepts
• Enables students to practice rote concepts
• Fills in the gaps when it comes to skill-building
• Re-teaches material in multiple learning styles
• Empowers advanced students to move ahead
Strong Judaic Curriculum
In Pre-K, students learn a variety of skills in math, science, and language arts through a comprehensive curriculum that is based on the Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portion). In Kindergarten, students build upon their foundation in areas such as tefillah, brachot, Parshat HaShavua, Chagim and Shabbat. They learn the importance of proper middot, fulfilling mitzvot, and a love of Judaism and the land of Israel. The First Grade curriculum incorporates TaL Am, along with supplemental teaching and projects.
In second and third grade, our students will use the Tal Am curriculum for Hebrew language, Parshat Hashavua and Chagim; and they will use Lihavin Ulihaskil for Chumash. Yeshivat He'Atid is also piloting with Lihavin Ulihaskil on their online activities and assessments.
In all classes, Judaic Studies are taught in Hebrew through Ivrit Immersion . This means that there is an Israeli in every class, engaging the students exclusively in Hebrew throughout the day. This teaches our students to comprehend and speak in Ivrit though a natural, organic method. The goal is for students to be fluent in Hebrew by the time they graduate Eighth Grade.
Rigorous Secular Curriculum
Yeshivat He’Atid chose the National Common Core over the more traditional New Jersey State Standards to keep pace with 21st century skills. With a focus on TEAMS subjects (Technology, English, Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies), students gain essential skills needed to succeed, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communications, and collaboration. We provide our teachers with intensive professional development, curricular advisement, and the latest technology to implement the curriculum most effectively.
40% Cost Savings
Over the past two decades, yeshiva tuition has increased at almost double the rate of inflation while real wages have been on the decline. Many families cannot afford tuition, let alone save for retirement and put away funds for college. As a result, many families are investigating and committing to other options, including Hebrew language charter schools. Numerous research studies indicate that day school attendance is the best predictor of adult Jewish involvement.
Yeshivat He’Atid’s goal is to provide affordable excellence. Yeshivat He’Atid’s tuition represents a 40% cost-savings as compared to existing Jewish day schools in Bergen County. When fully built out, Yeshivat He’Atid is estimated to save the community $5 million annually.
How We Ensure a 40% Cost Savings
• A personalized blended learning approach which provides students with individualized instruction creates a more efficient classroom thereby reducing the need for resources outside the classroom
• A manageable increase in class size while dramatically increasing meaningful interactions between teacher and student
• Decreased administrative overhead by empowering teachers to take on some administrative duties
• By relying on separate fundraising and community efforts, scholarship funds are not built into tuition fees
Our model allocates 70-75% of the school’s budget to in-class resources.
Metrics to Measure Success
Yeshivat He’Atid helps each child develop to his or her full potential and achieve mastery of each subject. A variety of assessments are used to measure student growth, including traditional exams, projects, and data from online learning curricula. Teachers use this data to customize student instruction and parents have access to many assessments beyond the traditional report card.