A Day in the Life - Upper School

Eli

After shacharit in the Beit Knesset and breakfast in the auditorium, Eliana grabs her books from her locker and heads to her first period class. The morning goes by quickly with English, Navi, Gym, Chumash and Hebrew. Eliana meets with a teacher for 20 minutes during lunch to get help on an assignment then joins her friends in the courtyard to eat in the sun. Next is X-block, a period twice a week put aside for students to work, meet, or have club meetings. Eliana sings in the girls’ choir and has a performance in the elementary school next week so it’s an important practice. After X-block, Eliana has history, mincha, pre-calculus and Talmud. Eliana is missing the last period, Spanish, to volunteer at a soup kitchen but the teacher and Eliana have already figured out how she can make up the work.

Excellence in Judaic and secular studies has been a hallmark of Maimonides School since its establishment in 1937. “Secular scientific training does not have to undermine the child’s commitment to Torah values and commandments,” Rabbi Soloveitchik, Maimonides School founder,  told a parents’ meeting in 1971. “Judaism has never distinguished between these allegedly two areas of being.”

 

“We really try to strike a balance between critical thinking skills and the body of general knowledge,” explains Rabbi Dov Huff '00, Judaic Studies Principal, Middle & Upper School. “Engaging with the modern world has been an important feature of the Maimonides curriculum since the Rav founded the school. By focusing on critical thinking skills, we are graduating kids who will be able to grow and change in a world that changes 100 times faster than the world did a generation ago.”

Eitan, a classmate of Eliana’s doesn’t take the bus home on Thursdays after school. Instead, he stays late for Mishmar, an extra hour of gemara study with other high school students. The tennis team doesn’t practice on Thursdays so he’ll go home and write an article about the new English teacher for Spectrum, the student-run school newspaper. He hopes to study for the Chumash test with Eliana afterwards, but that’s only if she’s comes over on time. Eliana likes to stay late at Gittel’s Kitchen, the Maimonides-run soup kitchen in Brighton, to talk to the people she serves and keep them company. The Chumash test is next week but it doesn’t hurt to study early and have some extra free time over the weekend.