Ruth, and her husband, David, have two children at Schechter: Aviav (Grade 7) and Carolyn (Grade 6). They came to Schechter when their kids were in grades 5 and 6. We asked Ruth a few questions about her and her family’s experiences joining the Schechter community at the Upper School.
I love how connected to my kids the teachers seem to be. They take great pleasure in my kids’ accomplishments and are quick to notice when a child needs help academically. They also do everything they can, both within the school and by making suggestions about what to do outside the school, to help the children overcome their various challenges.
I chose Schechter because my kids loved it on their visit. Our kids started Schechter as Upper School students because their own former (beloved) school had closed. One of my kids loves his class because he has found a like-minded group of kids to hang out and tell jokes with; the other felt the warmth of the teachers and classmates and asked to come for that reason.
Schechter is an academically rigorous place, and my children have developed an appreciation for how hard work translates into good grades and mastery of material. Even though they sometimes feel challenged by the volume of the work they have to do, they know how to ask for help and they know the teachers will help them succeed academically. Now that my child is on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah circuit, I have also seen him create strong bonds with his classmates, come out of his shell at parties and support his classmates as they celebrate. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, there was a weekday sunrise service for one child’s Bar Mitzvah–the kids got up early and carpooled to a very joyous service followed by a delicious breakfast. I can’t think of a better way to start the day!
I think Schechter has so much to offer, particularly if it is the right fit for your kid–I would tell another parent to speak to as many other parents as possible, to attend Schechter events and to bring her or his children to visit as much as possible. I would also make sure to tell a fellow parent about the afterschool care, which my children and I both love.