Mission, History, and Core Values


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. 


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


צדקה — Tzedakah 


צדק —  Tzedek 


תיקון עולם — Tikkun Olam 

Responsibility to our Planet 

שמחה — Simh


כבוד — Kavod 


למוד לשמה — Limud Lishmah 

Love of Learning 

הכרת הטוב  — HaKarat HaTov



Thanks to the work of a group of visionary pioneers in 1973-74, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County opened its doors. From its beginning as a school of 20 students and seven faculty members, our Schechter has grown to a vibrant center of Jewish learning comprising 400-plus students and more than 90 faculty and staff members.  Our facilities have also grown, from our initial home in 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 community.”