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Yeshiva High School Guidance

At Yeshiva Har Torah, we are proud that our graduates are typically sought after and attend the yeshiva high school of their choice. Our students benefit from the close, trusting relationships that our administration has cultivated with the educational leaders and admissions professionals of the schools they wish to attend, and from the fine reputation of our graduates.

Each year we host a Yeshiva High School Information Night well before yeshiva high schools conduct their individual Open House programs. That evening, Rabbi Menchel meets with 8th grade parents to orient them to the yeshiva high school application and admissions process. Given that acceptance into a yeshiva high school is a competitive process, it is important for parents to understand the procedures and protocols in order to be proactively involved. Following the orientation, parents are given the opportunity to hear 15 minute presentations from the principals of every school they would consider for their child, which helps them decide which schools to seriously consider and subsequently attend their 3-4 hour long open houses. After the Yeshiva High School Information Night, Rabbi Menchel makes himself available to meet individually with parents and students to help sort out options and provide insight and perspective. We do not direct our graduates to particular high schools, but offer parents and students guidance and access to information to help facilitate their decision. We remain available and prepared to assist our families with any aspect of the application and admissions process.

An optional after-school BJE High School Entrance Exam preparation course is offered to provide structured review in Jewish Studies. In school, teachers spend time preparing students for the format and types of questions asked on both the Jewish Studies and General Studies entrance exams. In addition, in-house mock interviews are scheduled for small groups of students. Students are exposed to questions that are typically asked at high school interviews and are given the opportunity to formulate answers and practice their responses. Feedback is given by a member of the psychology team and, if requested, a follow up, individual mock interview is held. Students report that this has made the interview process less stressful as they feel better prepared and less anxious during their interviews.

We encourage our students to be actively involved in the yeshiva high school selection process. In 7th grade, at the boys’ and girls’ respective Shabbatonim, we invite a panel of alumni to discuss their high school experiences, how they were prepared by Yeshiva Har Torah and to answer questions about their respective yeshiva high schools. At the annual 8th grade Shabbaton, typically held in November or December, a full session is dedicated to helping our students reflect on their priorities in selecting the appropriate yeshiva high school. In addition, during 8th grade, many of the yeshiva high schools send a representative to offer a shiur to our 8th graders, to talk with them about their school, and to answer questions.