Our Limudei Kodesh program is designed to produce a Ben Torah who approaches all aspects of life from a Torah framework. First and foremost, a love of learning is fostered by showing talmidim the “conceptual” beauty of Torah. Questions are encouraged and are used as a springboard to deal with “real life” issues from a Torah perspective. A close Rebbe/Talmid relationship, both during regular school hours as well as after hours activities, ensures the optimal intellectual/character development of each individual talmid. Midos, sensitivity and concern for others is a constant theme at Rambam. Talmidim are taught to go out and “do,” not just “talk” about helping others.
Rosh Mesivta's Message
Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman
Rambam Mesivta is proud to offer the following Judaic Studies subjects:
- Business Ethics in Halacha
- Double Bais Medrash
- Morning Bais Medrash
- Night Learning
- Parshat HaShavua
- Physiology and Halacha
- Religious Zionism
Rambam Mesivta offers students the opportunity to earn Advanced Placement and credit through the AP program in a number of subjects.
Advanced Placement means that students, once in college, can immediately take advanced courses in the AP subject or explore other subjects of interest. If a student earns the required grade on an AP exam, he may receive the equivalent of 3-6 semester hours per exam.
We offer the following AP courses based upon student demand:
English, European History, American History, Political Science, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, and Computer Science
Students are required to complete four years of English culminating in a comprehensive Regents examination. The goal of the English program is to promote critical literary thought and analysis; an appreciation of fine literature in various genre (short story, novel, poetry, essay, drama); proper written usage (spelling, usage and vocabulary); and effective oral and written expression. All courses integrate literature and language skills and reinforce library skills.
The general objective for the teaching of foreign languages is to provide the student with the necessary skills to communicate effectively and understand the language being studied. Emphasis is placed on proficiency in a language in order to be able to understand and appreciate the contributions of various people to contemporary civilizations.
All students must successfully complete the Hebrew Regents examination and must take at least two years of Foreign Language. The Mesivta’s language offerings include Ivrit and Spanish.
This course is designed to create a knowledge base, understanding and appreciation for the development of law, the role of law in American society, the basic concepts of the different types of law and the development and history of the police and other law professions. This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of all aspects of the law in the US. Topics of study will also include analysis of criminal versus civil law, basic procedures of civil actions and criminal prosecutions and constructing a mock trial.
The general objectives in teaching mathematics are to develop an appreciation of the meaning and value of logical thought and its use in the solution of problems, both mathematical and practical, as well as to develop the ability to express ideas accurately, organize and interpret data, draw logical conclusions and to extrapolate and apply the principles learned. In addition, the mathematics program thoroughly prepares students to perform up to their maximum ability on the PSAT, the SAT, and other examinations of mathematical skills.
Students are required to take a minimum of three years of mathematics and are encouraged to take mathematics in their senior year. Students who enter the Mesivta with advanced standing in Regents mathematics proceed to the next level of the three-year Regents sequence.
Students are introduced to the rich world of art and music through the study of great works. Jewish and Hebrew creative arts are integrated into the curriculum, with community resources employed to enrich student experiences. The music course is equivalent to Music 101 in college and is given for college credit.
The music program also encourages students to participate in the Mesivta’s band and Choir.
The objective of the physical education program is to provide students with physical release and diversion while encouraging them to pursue and maintain a lifelong physical regimen.
The primary objective of the science curriculum is to provide varied experiences for the student so that he may have a more complete understanding and awareness of the phenomenon of the world around him, his relationship to it, and his place in it. In addition, the program tries to identify students with special aptitudes and interests in science and to provide them with opportunities to pursue their interests.
Students are required to take at least three years of Regents-level science courses and are encouraged to take four years of science.
The social studies curriculum is designed to guide students in attaining knowledge of the major ideas, events, forces and personalities that have contributed to the development of civilization. The department aims to provide students with the type of liberal arts education, which enables them to see the human experience from a comprehensive and broad point of view.
Students are required to complete four years of social studies and to successfully complete both the Regents examination in Global Studies and American History.
Studies Skills and Strategies Workshop
At the beginning of the school year all pedagogical staff are engaged in Studies Skills and Strategies Workshop. The talmidim on all grade levels receive instruction in practical study skills and test preparation. Talmidim are taught test taking skills, note taking skills, textbook and notebook study skills. There are also discussions regarding the allocation of time vis-a-vis, homework, study and leisure time.
PSAT and SAT Preparation
All grades in the Mesivta receive instruction for the PSAT, SAT I and SAT II college board examinations. Reading, writing, problem-solving skills, arithmetic, basic geometry, algebra, and logical reasoning are emphasized in all english and mathematics classes. The PSAT and SAT’s require mastery of these skills for success on the college board examinations. These skills are emphasized as part of our curriculum.
Intel (Siemens Westinghouse) Talent Research
There is a concerted, coordinated program to develop science research skills in the ninth and tenth grades. Two science teachers coach the talmidim in the development of research skills. A science research course is also offered. The program culminates with the entrance of talmid projects into the National Intel Talent Research Competition.