Mission, History, and Core Values

MISSION

Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County is a nationally accredited premier Jewish day school dedicated to academic excellence. A rich dual curriculum and experienced teachers challenge our students to become active independent learners and encourage each child’s curiosity and creativity. Our open and inclusive community fosters respect for others and a commitment to Jewish values, practices, texts, and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). We develop our students’ fluency in the Hebrew language, and inspire a love of the State of Israel. Our goal is to lay the foundation on which our children will grow into confident, intellectually inquisitive and compassionate adults who will contribute to both the Jewish and world communities. 

CORE VALUES

27Each month at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, we focus on a different midah (value). Called Midat HaHodesh (value of the month), these core values are integrated into our students’ educational program through age-appropriate literature, text study, projects, and discussions.

The values we study include:

יושר — Yosher

Honesty and Integrity

קהילה — Kehillah

Community

צדקה — Tzedakah 

Giving

צדק —  Tzedek 

Fairness

תיקון עולם — Tikkun Olam 

Responsibility to our Planet 

שמחה — Simh

Joy

כבוד — Kavod 

Respect

למוד לשמה — Limud Lishmah 

Love of Learning 

הכרת הטוב  — HaKarat HaTov

Gratitude

HISTORY

From its beginning as a school of 20 students and 7 faculty members, our Schechter has grown to a vibrant center of Jewish learning comprising 420 students and 93 faculty and staff members. Thanks to the work of these visionary pioneers, in the 1973-74 school year, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County opened its doors. From its beginning as a school of 20 students and 7 faculty members, our Schechter has grown to a vibrant center of Jewish learning comprising 426 students and 90 faculty and staff members. Our facilities have also grown, from our initial home in the basement of the Teaneck Jewish Center, to our exceptional 5.5 acre campus, the Frank Sadinoff Educational Center in New Milford.

What started as the dream of a few has become a wonderful reality for the many students, parents, and faculty who have been, and are now, fortunate enough to call the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County “our school.”