Since its founding in 1974, Schechter Bergen has been anchored by its Jewish values and guided by its mission to “...inspire our students to be engaged, independent learners who embrace Jewish values and practices and strive with confidence and compassion to better the world.”
When children’s intellectual, emotional, ethical, spiritual, and physical needs are cared for, they flourish and grow to become compelling thinkers, compassionate contributors to society, and fulfilled adults.
Our approach is enveloped by our deep belief that each person is created B’tzelem Elokim (in God’s image), and therefore each child is as sacred and precious to us as their parents and deserving of Schechter Bergen’s very best.
At Schechter, students engage every day with inquiry-driven learning, focused around asking complex questions, collaboration, and creative problem-solving both in General and Judaic studies. We believe the process of learning is as important as the content taught. This promotes a nuanced understanding of subjects and a passion for learning through a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach.
Through our Kehillah model, teacher teams work collaboratively to guide, teach, and assess each child’s learning on an ongoing basis which brings multiple perspectives to each child’s progress, ensuring that children are appropriately supported and challenged.
Beginning at an early age our students learn the essential skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication — the 4C’s of education in the 21st century — that will allow them to thrive in the world they will inherit. These skills align beautifully in a Jewish day school, which we know is a distinct advantage for our children.