Derech HaTorah of Rochester (DHR) is dedicated to providing an exceptional Judaic studies curriculum combined with a strong elementary / middle school general studies program within a single framework. Our quality curriculum meets and exceeds New York State's new "Next Generation" standards and enables our middle school students to take the New York State Regents exams.
At DHR, teachers are committed to creating a supportive learning environment which nurtures the intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth of each child. Students are part of a caring community that reaches out to others through hands-on mitzvah projects in the school and the greater community.
At DHR, we strive to instill a love of learning in our children. We work to imbue within our students a thirst for knowledge and excellence in all areas of the Judaic and General Studies curricula. We do our utmost to nurture each and every child, to challenge and inspire our students to grow academically, socially and emotionally.
The curriculum, designed to educate the whole child, is blended between Judaic and General Studies with an emphasis on the centrality of Torah in the lives of our students and an understanding that students must master the skills necessary to be successful in the twenty-first century. Each year’s curriculum at DHR builds on the previous year’s knowledge. Lessons are taught with a focus on relevance to students’ lives and with an emphasis on Torah morals and values. We believe in educating the “total child,” meeting his or her cognitive, social, emotional, creative, and physical needs – in a fun, happy environment. In accordance with that mission, we also blend in a variety of special electives to help enrich the day of our students (see learning resources for more information).
The goal in all Limudei Kodesh classes is to foster a love and enthusiasm for learning Torah both as a means of developing one’s relationship with Hashem, and to develop the skills necessary to learn limudei kodesh texts independently.
Our General Studies curriculum is designed to challenge students to think critically and creatively. Based on New York’s Next Generation standards and the Common Core standards, our curriculum is modified and extended to provide a skills-based, content-rich curriculum in the areas of English Language Arts, social studies, science, and mathematics.