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The Rashi School

Private | K-8 | 308 students

Encouraging questions and open conversations in a rigorous academic environment
 
 

 
 

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Posted January 6, 2014

The school is a good place for students who would not survive socially at public school. The grades are too small making every interaction magnified. Too much staff with too little to do but examine every social exchange. The school is fine for those who like to be coddled. It is great for k-2. After that, the students need to broaden their horizons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

As we searched for a school to support our two children s unique needs, we found many schools that provided either a nurturing environment or a challenging academic curriculum. In following its core Jewish values, The Rashi School was the only school we found that could do both. The supportive kehillah (community) coupled with an individual approach to limud (learning) has enabled each of our children to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We feel lucky to have found The Rashi School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Our twins entered first grade this year, their first year with you, and it has been seamless. Our experience with Rashi has renewed our faith in a sound, private school education. The teachers and administrators welcomed us with open and warm arms and we are excited for our future here. We know our children are loved for their individuality and we know our family found the perfect spot at Rashi. Rashi strikes the perfect balance between a nurturing and academically rigorous environment. Each teacher is keenly tuned into each student. It is remarkable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

Rashi is an excellent school. Our daughter has been here since kindergarten (now in 6th grade) and we are very satisfied with the quality of her education, excellent teachers, and great facilities. She has been very happy here and has many wonderful friendships among her peers. The environment is warm and nurturing, and the individualized and creative approach to learning has worked well for our child. We highly recommend this school.
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Posted June 14, 2012

As noted in another review, the quality of instruction and morale continue to deteriorate while the administration seems solely focused on wooing wealthy parents and collecting tuition. Social services transformed into a profit center where parents are required to purchase school-directed services separately. Bottom line: pretty new facility and some good staff but overall not a value proposition. A particularly poor choice now for parents looking for a nuturing environment, probably better for the (wealthy) image conscious.
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Posted October 11, 2011

I have had 3 children go through Rashi. The Staff and the education was excellent. The staff gets to know each child as an individual and helps them be independent, strong thinkers and learners.They foster curiosity. My kids are able to advocate for themselves and learned to see teachers as partners , not the enemy. They love learning because of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

If you have a child who is academically gifted as determined by the appropriate testing, Rashi will not provide the truly enriching curriculum needed in order for such learners to thrive and grow. Be mindful of the use of differentation, because even this type of accommodation has significant limitations for gifted learners.
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Posted February 25, 2009

Quality of instruction is inconsistent and it really depends on who you get. Teachers come and go every year. Administration seems more focused on getting tuition than making sure the kids get a good education. Definitely not worth the tuition.


Posted April 24, 2007

This is a really superior school, one of the most caring environments you could hope for combined with academic excellence. There is a search going for a new Head, who will replace a good but not great one. The faculty works well together, the children get individualized attention, and the parent body is both highly supportive of education and deeply involved.
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Posted January 2, 2005

Rashi used to be a very good school, with good leadership, and strong teachers. Recently, I see it as slipping. The school has to in some ways start from the begining, and they need a solid plan.
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School psychologist
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Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Fax number
  • (781) 355-7258

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Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Religious
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
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Parent involvement
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  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
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  • The Rashi interdisciplinary curriculum weaves Jewish studies seamlessly with secular learning, integrating material from varied subjects through the school day. Rashi teachers differentiate their instruction, designing lessons around students’ readiness, interests and learning profiles. Rashi’s dedication to Social Justice extends from classroom curricula into all-school projects, individual initiatives, and community partnerships. Rashi shares a campus with NewBridge on the Charles.
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8000 Great Meadow Road
Dedham, MA 02026
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Phone: (617) 969-4444

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