Our High School
Yeshiva Derech HaTorah High School inculcates our students with an appreciation of Torah principles and assists them in becoming valuable contributors to society.
We offer a warm, student-centered environment in which students enjoy a rigorous dual curriculum of Judaic and General Studies. A carefully designed curriculum has been developed and sensibly monitored to foster creative and independent thought, facilitating our student’s success in the finest yeshivas and universities.
Our graduates become productive members of society, as well as articulate, dedicated Orthodox Jews who are passionately committed to being model citizens and leaders of the Jewish people.
Judaic Studies Curriculum Synopsis
Our Judaic studies curriculum is geared towards instilling in our talmidim a love for learning, inspiring a desire to grow in Torah and Yirat Shamayim, fostering strong Rebbe – talmid relationships, and teaching an approach to life within a Torah framework. Emphasis is placed on teaching the skills that enable our talmidim to independently comprehend and analyze the texts of Chumash and Gemara.
Learning Gemara is the primary focus of our Limudei Kodesh curriculum. The ninth and tenth grade shiurim concentrate on teaching how to clearly read and understand the text, developing vocabulary, identifying Gemara laws and concepts, and understanding the flow of the question and answer of the sugya. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, we continue to build on the skills developed in ninth grade, simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a lifetime enjoyment for Gemara. Voluntary one on one shiurim are offered during recess as well. Each year the entire Yeshiva studies the same Masechta, promoting achdut and facilitating chavruta study between grades as well as generating a positive interaction and energy in learning among the Rebbeim.
The Chumash curriculum is designed to familiarize each talmid with text of Rashi and how it clarifies and elucidates the passuk. In addition, focus is placed on the various lessons including emunah, bitachon and hashkafik topics found in the pessukim. Chumash is studied by topic as well as a passuk by passuk approach.
The Nach program provides both a conceptual approach and bekiut in Sifrei Neviim Uketuvim.
A historical style and appreciation for the History of the Jewish nation is learned through the lenses of the Neviam and Malachim
Halacha is studied from the classical sources of Jewish Law such as the Shulchan Aruch and Mishnah Berurah. In addition to the laws of each Yom Tov which are studied before the Yomim Tovim, the curriculum includes the laws relating to kashrut and Hilchot Shabbat.
Fixed periods of time are set aside each week for discussion and in-depth learning that deals with personal character improvement and religious development. Focus is placed on providing practical suggestions and solutions to becoming a motivated and accomplished individual. Noted Rabbinic figures and Jewish leaders also guest lecture as part of our Mussar program
General Studies Curriculum Synopsis
Our college preparatory program is designed to provide our students with a comprehensive academic program, emphasizing the development of critical thinking skills, research skills and written and oral expression. Secular studies courses and requirements conform to the standards of the Board of Regents and the Core Curriculum. Regents examinations are administered at the end of the year.
The English course of study is a four year progression designed to familiarize the students with literature, grammar, vocabulary, and expository writing. Writing, vocabulary and literature are integrated in a continuous process designed to help students write clearly and logically. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents examination.
Students develop competency in four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
All students are required to take four years of math.
Students will learn and understand number sense and operations as well as how to represent and analyze a variety of problem solving situations. Students take the Algebra Regents at the end of the year.
Students will be introduced to postulates, theorems and corollaries. This will help them learn to prove statements, understand parallel and perpendicular lines and congruent triangles. Students will learn how to find angles and measures of line segments in a circle and be introduced to direct and indirect proofs. They will be shown how geometric proofs are connected to logic proofs. Students take the Geometry Regents at the end of the year.
Trigonometry and Algebra II
This course includes topics using algebraic equations, complex numbering, relations, functions and transformations as well as exponential and logarithmic functions. Trigonometry extends to the general angle, identities, formulas for the Laws of Sine and Cosine. Probability and statistics expands to Bernoulli expansion, the binomial theorem and a normal statistical curve.
The home economic course prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they will need in order to pursue related careers and become a self directed, resourceful, and independent adult.
Extra Curricular Programing and Activities
Yeshiva League Basketball Team
Friday Food for Thought
Rosh Chodesh Breakfast
Simchas Bais Hashoeiva
Principal’s Honor Roll
New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence
This course presents students with an introduction and understanding of the following topics: hierarchy of knowledge in application of elements and structure, matter and energy, bonding, atomic structure, the periodic table, kinetics and equilibrium, acids and bases, redox and electrochemistry, organic chemistry and mathematics of chemistry, balancing equations, nutritional chemistry, concept of metals. Emphasis is placed on the application of chemical principles. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents
This Regents course focuses on questions such as: What is our planet made of? How can we accurately predict the weather? Why do the stars and planets seem to move together through the night sky? Earth Science is the study of our planet, its changing systems and their setting in the universe. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents.
Living Environment (biology)
Students acquire a basic knowledge and deeper understanding of introductory biological processes and principles, an appreciation of life cycles, ecology, human physiology, principles of reproduction, and basic concepts in genetics and genetic research, cell and tissue structure. Introduction to plant and animal life as well as an understanding of the scientific method and its application to modern experimentation. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents Examination.
Global History: Grades 9 and 10
Global History features a chronological approach to the broad sweep of human history, beginning with the origins of societies and civilizations and continuing to the present day. Students gain an understanding of the major historical, geographic, societal, political and economic forces and events that have shaped the global community and individual nations. At the conclusion of this course, students take the New York State Regents examination.
The course in U.S. Government gives students an in-depth understanding of the political process and the U.S. Constitution.
AP US History – Grade 12
The Advanced Placement American History Course is a one-year college survey course. In addition to mastering content, students are trained to use both primary and secondary sources in an historical context. Students develop the factual knowledge as well as the analytical skills required to deal critically with problems and issues in United States History, and are trained to weigh evidence, make incisive comparisons, and present informed judgments clearly and persuasively in essay format. Qualifying scores earn students up to a year of college credit in history. Both courses endeavor to help students appreciate the rich tapestry that forms our society today. At the conclusion of this course, students are prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination and the College Board Subject Test.
Students will explore health as a dynamic quality of life. They will learn how to take action that will promote their personal health. Throughout the course they will learn how to manage stress, overcome test anxiety, learn about different emotional cerebral disorders, how to create a healthy diet and fitness plan.
Intro to Psych
Students will learn a basic overview to the science of psychology. Beginning with the history of its field and it's advancements, to the most recent experimental studies. Throughout the course we will learn a variety of topics which include memory, perception, mental illness, language, and more.
Yeshivas in Israel our Graduates have attended:
Tiferes Yerushalayim (TJ)
Ohr Yerushalayim (OJ)
Ateres Yerushalayim (AJ)
Colleges our Graduates have attended:
New York University
City University of New York
Brooklyn College (including Honors)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lander College for Men - Touro College