We have been following with great interest the discussion regarding the “tuition crisis” that is facing parents who send their children to local yeshivot and day schools. While most of the discussion has focused on providing an elementary school education at affordable prices, little has been said about the cost of high school tuition. While we commend all parents who continue to send their teens to yeshiva high schools and Jewish day high schools, we realize that due to the economy and other factors, some parents may, indeed, decide to no longer enroll their child in a Jewish high school.
If for any reason parents decide to send their child to a public high school, they should know about the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, a community Hebrew high school for students in grades eight through 12. It is an option of Jewish study for public high school students, including those who have graduated from local yeshivot. BCHSJS offers a wide range of classes for students at three campuses: Beginning in September, our Sunday campus (9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) will meet at Ma’ayanot in Teaneck; our Monday evening campus (6:45 p.m./ to 9:10 p.m.) will continue to meet at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake; and we will open a third campus on Thursday evenings (6:45 p.m. to 9:10 p.m.) at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff. Students choose three classes each semester.
For graduates of yeshivot and day schools, at our Sunday campus we offer advanced Hebrew language classes, a Talmud class using the Aramaic text, and classes in Bible where students can follow using the Hebrew texts. In addition, we offer classes in Jewish arts, e.g., Hebrew calligraphy, Jewish-Infused Improvisation, Jewish Studio Arts, and Israeli Dance. We also offer classes in Jewish philosophy, Jewish ethics, Jewish history, Jewish current events, and Israeli current events and history. For 11th- and 12th-graders, we offer a college-credit class in partnership with Farleigh Dickinson University. A new addition for the fall will be an SAT class that will begin during third period at our Sunday campus and continue after school until 2 p.m.
For a full listing of current courses, go to the school’s Website, www.bchsjs.org. In addition, we offer many social activities and trips, community service opportunities, and two annual Shabbatonim. For further information, please call 201-488-0834.