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Beit Rabban

Private | PK-5 | 100 students

We are known for our progressive approach to education and deep Jewish learning.

 

Living in New York

Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $1,035,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,110.

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted October 4, 2012

Beit Rabban is a very special place. It is extremely nurturing and meets kids where they re at. The amazing student to teacher ratio allows the children to receive extra attention. The small size also means every adult knows every child and can pitch in when necessary. The teachers and administration could not be more responsive and accessible. It is a truly pluralistic community which does a great job providing a strong Jewish and secular education simultaneously. The parent involvement is remarkable and the sense of community is extraordinary. Everyone was so welcoming when our child started school. The other parents are very down-to-earth and I have never encountered any parent concerned with issues of money or status. These values align with the school's values. We visited and applied to over 10 schools (both secular and Jewish) in Manhattan and there was truly no comparable place. Beit Rabban s commitment to helping children socially, emotionally and academically is beyond reproach. Beit Rabban prepares children to make the world a better place.
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Posted September 20, 2011

I've had three kids at Beit Rabban, and they've all had a great experience. When it was time for my oldest to move on (to another really good NYC day school), he was with or ahead of the class in every subject, even though he was middle of the pack for some things at Beit Rabban. I love that the same teachers teach both Judaic and secular studies, although it wasn't something I even thought about when I applied to schools. All schools say that they integrate the Judaics and secular studies, but now that I have a child in a standard (really good) day school, where the Hebrew teacher is just a big afraid of math and the English teacher isn't so comfortable with a chumash, I see what a difference it makes. If you visit Beit Rabban, ask them about why they do it this way. They explain it better than I can.
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Posted September 15, 2011

My daughter has just started her 5th year at Beit Rabban -- and she wants to go there until college! My husband and I are consistently impressed by how the kids love to learn! They are encouraged to think critically, solve problems creatively, respect different perspectives, and develop core skills beginning in preschool. The teachers are innovative in their approach, and give each child personalized attention to progress at the right pace. Thoughtful Torah study and Hebrew language are an integral part of the interdisciplinary curriculum. From a young age, kids are empowered to think for themselves, ask the right questions, and believe that they can make a difference in the world around them. It's also a great community of parents, and very diverse.
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Posted September 15, 2011

Beit Rabban is a gem. I never imagined I d find such a place on the Upper West Side. It s truly child-centered, with each child s needs coming first, without compromising learning that s both rigorous and exciting. The classrooms are alive with enthusiastic, energetic children engaged in challenging work. The school s graduates are deeply versed in Jewish and secular learning, but are also confident, thoughtful, and compassionate. I couldn t be happier.
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Posted May 24, 2006

Our son is completing kindergarten at Beit Rabban and we are thrilled with the school. It's a truly unique Jewish day school, combining rigorous secular and Judaic curricula with an emphasis on critical thinking, intellectual creativity and genuine tolerance for diverse level of religious observance. Families range from secular to Orthodox and everything in between; everyone is treated with respect. Students learn traditional primary Jewish texts in Hebrew beginning in kindergarten. Fully integrated curriculum includes Hebrew immersion. Small class sizes, amazing degree of individual attention: we receive a lengthy note each week detailing our son's progress and suggesting ways we can reinforce his studies at home. As professional math-types, my husband and I are particularly impressed with the strong math curriculum. Our son loves his school and has actually asked for more homework, which he gets. School is growing rapidly and plans to open a middle school soon.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 52%
Hispanic 7% 21%
Black 2% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Hebrew
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 4:50 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rabbi Andrew Davids
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Fax number
  • (212) 579-7512

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Integrated rather than dual-curriculum
  • Project-based
  • Reggio Emilia
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Hebrew
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
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)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Karate, Roller Blading
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Karate, Roller Blading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
45
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
64

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$18000 - $30000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Heschel
Ramaz
NYC Gifted and Talented Programs
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15 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024
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Phone: (212) 595-1386

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