The Abraham Joshua Heschel School is a pluralistic Nursery to 12 Jewish day school in New York City. It holds two central values, pluralism and egalitarianism. Located in Manhattan, the school seeks to follow the example of its namesake, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.Other "Heschel Schools" are located in Los Angeles, California and Toronto, Canada. Despite having similar names, the three schools are otherwise unrelated.Unlike other Jewish Day Schools or other religiously affiliated schools, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School is unique in that it had a much more liberal ideology. It was founded on the principles of Abraham Joshua Heschel who marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. He believed in Judaism as a tradition for connection to a singular ineffable being without criticizing people who believed in other things. The school emphasizes diversity amongst its students and their differing religious traditions as well as amongst the ideas brought up by its students. The leadership values those who think differently and encourages debate.SchoolThe Abraham Joshua Heschel School was originally housed in three buildings: The Early Childhood Center and lower school was located on West 89th Street, the middle school on West 91st Street, and a newer high school on 60th Street . In the summer of 2009, it was announced that construction would begin on a new building at 61st Street and West End Avenue, adjacent to the high school building, which would house the Early Childhood, lower school, and middle school divisions. The planned new facility was referred to as the "One Campus Plan," and construction began in 2009. The new facility would include space to expand the number of classes in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and the school began running extra classes starting with the class entering kindergarten in the 2010-2011 school year.
THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: FOR 2- 5-YEAR-OLDS
At Montclare, we believe that a teacher-guided, balanced approach establishes an excellent educational foundation, providing the skills children need for Kindergarten and future learning.
Our teachers scaffold opportunities for our students to problem solve, learn conflict resolution and manage frustration and expectations. Learning to transition, follow routines and engage in cooperative play, children build confidence and independence, becoming more willing to take appropriate risks. Our teachers encourage meaningful interactions and friendships, further boosting a child’s secure sense of self.
At Montclare we support the growth of the whole child. Through inquiry, discussion and exploration our program fosters reflective thinking, and increasingly abstract reasoning. Our curriculum promotes logical thinking by introducing skills in context and providing concrete materials. The acquisition of knowledge bolsters self-esteem, and learning with others greatly enhances social intelligence.
Furthermore, both in and out of the classroom, physical development is an integral part of each day including a series of fine-motor activities, sensory and gross–motor play, as well as participation in dance, movement, yoga, PE and gymnastics.