Curriculum and Inclusion

The core curriculum at our SINAI Shalem High Schools is comprised of Reading, Writing, Math, World Awareness, Socialization, Language, Safety, Computers, Hebrew language, and Physical Education classes. In Judaic studies, courses include Tefillah (prayers), Halacha (laws and customs), Chumash, Mishna, Ritual Observance, and Parsha. In all subjects, teachers employ a hands-on, skills-based approach to promote meaningful learning.

Traditional Life Skills are taught in real community settings that promote skill attainment, retention, and generalization. Additionally, innovative courses teach life skills such as Hygiene, Community Awareness, and Conversational Skills.  To learn more about our innovative Abuse Prevention curriculum, The Jewish SELF, click here.

A major component of the SINAI Shalem curriculum is our unique vocational program, which offers a wide array of opportunities for our students to develop basic employability skills and prepare to be productive members of the work force upon their graduation.  Students are accompanied by job coaches at a variety of work settings (including businesses, offices, schools, and restaurants) within the larger Teaneck area, where they learn firsthand the responsibilities and joys of being a productive employee.  For our boys ages 18-21 at Shalem at Heichal HaTorah, vocational training and work study is an even greater component of the curriculum.

Classes range in size from three to eight students.  Students are assigned to classes based on similarities in needs and learning styles, teacher recommendations, standardized testing, informal assessment, chronological age and maturity, and skill level. Each student receives an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) tailored to his or her needs.

Our students participate with their mainstream peers in the non-academic activities offered in the typical TABC, Ma’ayanot, or Heichal HaTorah experience, including lunch, prayers, trips, after-school clubs, Shabbatonim, and special programs.