Back to School guide 2011: The Queens schools


The Jewish Star proudly presents its Back to School guide for 2011. Below is a selection of Queens day schools which submitted information to this newspaper.

Ezra Academy
119-45 Union Turnpike
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Tel: 718-263-5500
Grades 7-12

Ezra Academy is beginning this academic year with a familiar face in a new position. Rabbi Eli Freilich, Dean, has announced that Sima Fish will be assuming the position of Assistant Principal of General Studies, joining Principal Francine Hirschman and Assistant Principal Rabbi Moshe Friedler. Ms Fish has been responsible for the development of AP and Honors courses and an award-winning Legal Studies Program at this school. One of her many proud achievements is the number of Ezra “Legal Eagle” team members – members of her Debate, Mock Trial, Moot Court and other extracurricular legal teams – currently enrolled in law schools throughout the metropolitan area.
Ezra Academy describes its approach as a “late pass” into Jewish education to students from immigrant and public school backgrounds. Founded in 1968 by Rabbi Eli Freilich, the school offers reasonable tuition, small class size and a loving and caring approach.

Yeshiva of Central Queens
147-37 70th Road
Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367
Tel. 718-793-1295
Grades N-8

Almost 900 students attend this school, with many coming in from Long Island. The early childhood center has an immersion Hebrew program to begin the students’ journey to an “Ivrit B’Ivrit” curriculum. Kindergarten students go on monthly trips, including a farm, museums, and nature walks.
The elementary school division continues to develop a strong writing curriculum under the guidance of Department of Education consultants. This culminates in an end of year Writing Festival for all classes at which students present their best work. Math groups are leveled beginning in the fourth grade so that every student can learn at his or her highest level. With our fifth grade now separated into boys’ and girls’ classes, all students benefit from relationships with both Morot and Rebbeim. A highlight of our fifth grade continues to be our overnight trip to Greenkill Nature Center, where students collaborate together in the outdoors.

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