• Middle School
  • High School
  • Chumash

    6th Grade
    The objective for the year is to study Parshaiot Yitro to Ki Tisa in Sefer Shemot, with an emphasis on the preparation for Matan Torah, the Aseres Hadibros and Cheit Ha’egel. The class is dedicating time and effort to learning key Rashi vocabulary and practicing reading and understanding Rashi, in addition to reinforcing shorashim and dikduk in order to promote independent learning.

    7th Grade
    The seventh grade girls study the latter half of Sefer Bamidbar, covering Parshiot Korach, Chukat, Balak, Pinchas, Matot, and Masei. They focus on building translation, reading and comprehension skills, as well as the ability to read and understand Rashi and Seforno.

    8th Grade
    The eighth grade is learning Sefer Devarim, which is the “Farewell Opus” of Moshe Rabeinnu to the Jewish people, during the fortieth year in the desert. Moshe is trying to prepare the new generation, as they prepare to enter the Land of Israel under the guidance of Yehoshua. Moshe rebukes them in an effort to prevent them from repeating the past mistakes of their parents and he reviews and elaborates on certain Mitzvot that will become especially pertinent when they enter the land. This class emphasizes textual analysis as the girls sharpen their analytical skills and engage in critical thinking. They study Rashi and are introduced to the Ramban, along with samplings of other Meforshim.

  • Navi

    6th Grade
    The sixth grade will spend the year learning Shmuel Aleph. They will study the emergence of Shmuel as a prophet of Israel and trace his impact as he tries to convince B’nei Yisroel to repent, guides them in their wars and judges the nation. They will examine the nation’s request for a king and see how that leads to the ascent and descent of Shaul and of the rivalry between Shaul and David. They will try to find relevancy to the personality of our nation in present times. Emphasis will be placed on developing themes, becoming familiar with the text with selected commentaries.

    7th Grade
    The Navi Curriculum in seventh grade is focused on Shmuel Bet. The seventh graders will gain an appreciation of the contributions that David made by establishing the kingship of the House of David and securing the borders of Israel. They will study his spiritual endeavors as he accompanies the aron (ark) to Jerusalem and attempts to build the Mikdash. They will learn from his strengths and from his sins and will understand why David is the prototype of a true servant of God, as well as the compiler of Sefer Tehillim. The focus will be on reading the text, developing themes with the enhancement of selected commentaries such as Rashi, Metzudot and Malbim.

    8th Grade
    In eighth grade Navi, the class studies Melachim Aleph, examining the reign of Shlomo Hamelech and the splendor of his kingdom. They are also doing a webquest exploring the different chambers of the Beit Hamikdash. Afterwards, they will understand how and why the kingdom was split and the influence of Yeravam Ben Nevat. The objective is to trace the parallel lines of the Kings of the House of David and the House of Israel. They will be concentrating on reading and understanding Rashi and Radak and also note the commentary of the Abarbanel. They will try to understand how the issues confronting the nation are relevant to the nation today.

  • Co-Curricular Courses

    Halacha
    All middle school students study the same Halacha topic and they follow a three year cycle. This year, the Halacha Curriculum will concentrate on Hilchot Yomim Tovim, Kiddush Hashem, Kashrut, Tevilat and Hachsharat Kailim, Basar B’chalav, Nevaila, Dam, Bishulai Akum, Shratzim, Chalav Yisroel, Chadash and Yayin Stam. Students will become familiar with general halachic principles and their application to practical daily life.

    Hebrew Language
    SBTAG offers both Regular and Accelerated levels of Hebrew Language. Each year, the girls build on their previous level of skills in Reading Comprehension, Conversational Hebrew and the Culture of Israel. The Regular level class studies on a basic level, through Conversation, Vocabulary and Grammar exercises. The Advanced class utilizes immersion so that all conversations are in Hebrew. The girls in both levels do projects in Hebrew and are working on a Hebrew newspaper. They are highly attuned to current events of Israel, and they are responsible for decorating a bulletin board in the Multipurpose room.

    Parshat Hashavua
    Every Friday, classes will review the basic ideas of the Parsha and concentrate on one relevant theme presented by the teacher. The girls are encouraged to share what they have learned at home over Shabbat.

    Bat Mitzvah Workshop
    The sixth grade girls are treated to a unique class that guides them as they learn what it means to become a Bat Mitzvah. They learn about new Halachic obligations that they will accept, as well as the Midot Tovot that will guide their behavior. The girls are encouraged to engage in a chessed project as they officially take their places as fully observant members of the Jewish nation.

    Beur Tefilah
    The class begins the year focusing on Yamim Noraim through tefilot such as Avinu Malkeinu and the Thirteen Midot Harachamim. They will spend the rest of the year studying the Amidah. They will learn the translations of the Brachot of Shemoneh Esreh and then discuss relevant explanations and ideas.

    Pirkei Avot
    The seventh graders will learn the Mishnayot, along with the select commentary of the Bartenura. They discuss the ideas in each Mishna, how they can apply them to their lives. They will perform “mini-assignments” during the week which are relevant to the lesson and class discussion, in order to help internalize the messages of Pirkei Avot.

    Jewish Philosophy
    This course offers the girls an understanding of the Fundamental Principles of Faith. The girls study the Sefer Hachinuch, with an emphasis on the Aseret Hadibrot. They also use the text, Derech Hashem for hashkafic analysis. The girls are encouraged to ask questions, in order to be sure that they achieve clarity in this important subject.

    Holocaust Study
    The eighth grade undertakes a special project of studying the Holocaust in an age appropriate manner. They discuss the concepts of Anti-Semitism and propaganda and then move on to discuss certain aspects of the Holocaust itself, as well as the Resistance and the Righteous Gentiles who helped save Jews and, finally, the aftermath of the Holocaust. They will hear accounts from survivors and prepare questions for them. They will conclude the year with an original project that brings together all these themes.

  • Chumash

    9th Grade
    The ninth grade girls are studying Chumash Sefer Shemot, from the first Parsha of Shemot until Yitro. They are focusing on textual skills, comprehension and relevance and are using a variety of commentaries including Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra and Kli Yakar. All high school students take a weekly Chumash vocabulary quiz for constant review of the nouns and roots found in Tanach.

    10th Grade
    The objective of tenth grade Chumash is Sefer Vayikra. The girls begin with an introduction to the theme of Karbanot in Vayikra, the tragedy of the deaths of Nadav and Avihu on the day of the Chanukat Habayit of the Mishkan. They then move to Parshat Kedoshim to study a variety of mitzvot. They focus on the Moadim in Emor, Shemitah and Yovel in B’Har and finish up the year with the rewards and punishments of Bechukotai. The girls are developing their critical thinking skills, becoming sensitive to the nuances of the text, asking their own questions before turning to the commentaries of the Mikraot Gedolot. They are honing their Rashi and Ramban skills and are turning to ibn Ezra, Rashbam, Kli Yakar and Ohr Hachayim for further insights into the themes of the Sefer.

    11th and 12th Grade (combined class)
    The first half of Sefer Bereishit will be the focus of Chumash studies. The topics include: Creation, Flood, Tower of Babel, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchok and Rivka, Yaakov and Esav. The course objectives are to develop reading and analytical skills for interpreting the text of Chumash and to study the commentaries of the Rabbis to gain an understanding of philosophical themes within Torah and appreciate how they pertain to modern life. Ultimately, the students refine and strengthen the understanding of the fundamental principles of Judaism through the study of the actions and prophecies of our ancestors and their relationship to Hashem.

  • Navi/Tanach

    9th Grade
    The goal, in ninth grade, is to cover Melachim Bet, using a variety of commentaries in the Mikraot Gedolot Navi. They are learning about the Jewish kings, all leading up to the end of the Sefer. The students learn about the destruction of the Bait Hamikdash, which is a very powerful experience. Some of the perakim will be studied in depth and others will be done in summary form, in order to insure the completion of the Sefer.

    10th Grade
    Yeshayahu is the prophet of choice for tenth grade. He prophesies during the reigns of Uzziah, Yotam, Achaz and Chizkiyahu over the course of some sixty years. Yeshayahu warns the people, over and over again, about the consequences of continuing in their sins. His prophecies include descriptions of the final redemption. The girls will gain familiarity with many of the Haftarot that are from this Sefer. They will explore selected perakim that emphasize themes that are pertinent to their lives.

    11th Grade
    The eleventh grade is focusing on the Yirmiyahu, the study of the time leading to and during the destruction of the second Bait Hamikdash. The study of Eicha will supplement the understanding of what transpired. During the third trimester, the class will study Shir Hashirim.

    12th Grade
    This course includes Sefer Yonah, Kohelet, Megilat Esther and Megilat Rut. The focus is on reading translation and comprehension skills as a tool to develop critical themes. We will be considering several themes such as, the power of Teshuva, how a person finds meaning in life, Hashgacha Pratit, Mordechai and Esther as models of how one takes appropriate action during Galut, conversion, and Rut as a model of Chessed.

  • Co-Curricular Courses

    Halacha
    All the high school students study the same Halacha topic and they follow a four year cycle. This year, the Halacha Curriculum will concentrate on Hilchot Yomim Tovim, Kiddush Hashem, Kashrut, Tevilat and Hachsharat Kailim, Basar V’chalav, Nevaila, Dam, Bishulai Akum, Shratzim, Chalav Yisroel, Chadash and Yayin Stam. Students study textual sources from Tanaic and Amoraic periods, as well as Gaonim, Rishonim and early Acharonim. Great emphasis is placed on understanding the abstract halachic principles, distinguishing between Torah and Rabbinical laws and applying the principles to practical Halacha.

    Hebrew Language
    SBTAG offers both Regular and Accelerated levels of Hebrew Language for high school classes. Each year, the girls build on their previous level of skills in Reading Comprehension, Conversational Hebrew and the Culture of Israel. The Regular level class studies on a basic level, through Conversation, Vocabulary and Grammar exercises. The Advanced class utilizes immersion so that all conversations are in Hebrew. The girls in both levels do projects in Hebrew and are working on a Hebrew newspaper. They are highly attuned to current events of Israel, and they are responsible for decorating a bulletin board in the Multipurpose room.

    Parshat Hashavua
    Every Friday, the classes will review the basic ideas of the Parsha and concentrate on one relevant theme presented by the teacher. The girls are encouraged to share what they have learned at home over Shabbat.

    Jewish History I
    This course utilizes textual sources to explore relationships between man and God. Why do bad things happen to good people? Are we harsher judges that God? What takes precedence: Torah or good deed? How do we keep account of our actions? What is the importance of Rabbi Akiva? How can we gain a meaningful understanding of prayer? Sources are chosen from the Tanaic and Amoraic periods, as well as during the times of the Gaonim, Rishonim and early Acharonim.

    Jewish History II
    This course is a study of the period of medieval Jewish history, from the time of the
    Geonim through the Acharonim, and the lessons they can learn from them.

    Jewish Philosophy I
    The class begins the year focusing on Yamim Noraim through tefilot such as Avinu Malkeinu and the Thirteen Midot Harachamim. They will spend the rest of the year studying the Amidah. They will learn the translations of the Brachot of Shemoneh Esreh and then discuss relevant explanations and ideas.

    Jewish Philosophy II
    The emphasis of this course is to learn about the beauty and meaning behind different mitzvot, as they proceed through the year. Before Yamim Tovim, the grade will be learning about the mitzvot that pertain to that chag, such as blowing the shofar on Rosh Hashana and saying Viduy on Yom Kippur. The class will utilize the texts of Sefer Hachinuch and the Derech Hashem. The goal of the class is to THINK about the mitzvot that are being performed in order to connect to them and appreciate how they have the potential to transform the girls into better people.

    Fundamental Principles of Faith
    This course offers the girls an understanding of the basic ideals of Judaism. The girls study the Sefer Hachinuch, with an emphasis on the Aseret Hadibrot. They also use the text Derech Hashem for philosophical analysis. The girls are encouraged to ask questions, in order to be sure that they achieve clarity in this important subject.

    Essentials of Judaism I
    The students will engage in the study of what truth is, the impact of prayer, relationships between man and G-d and between man and man, Learning from our Sages, how to be a light unto the nations, the destructive nature of Sinat Chinam, the Oral Law, the chain of the Mesorah. Sources are chosen from the Tanaic and Amoraic periods, as well as during the times of the Gaonim, Rishonim and early Acharonim.

    Essentials of Judaism II
    Ikarei Hayahadut. Some of the topics covered in this class include Elisha ben Avuya, Rebbe and Antoninus, Holiness in the everyday, Personal growth in serving God, Keeping track of our actions, and understanding Sinat Chinam. Sources are chosen from the Tanaic and Amoraic periods, as well as during the times of the Gaonim, Rishonim and early Acharonim.

    Holocaust Studies
    This course is designed to achieve an understanding of and connection to several things. The historical perspective of Jewish life in prewar Europe, Nazi ideology, the social and political factors that unfolded between the world wars, and the development of the “final solution”. The girls will study the wartime experiences of nations and cities as well as individuals, survivors, liberators and the quest for a homeland.The senior class will gain an understanding of the categories of victim, perpetrator, rescuer and bystander, through narration and readings. The primary textbook used will be Witness to History.