Each year, Parshat Noach comes to life with a petting zoo and pony rides. The students of Manhattan Day School spend time feeding and petting the animals, and learning about animal care.
“It’s a great opportunity for the children to have a hands-on experience with the animals,” says Aviva Yablok, Director of Early Childhood. “It’s one of their favorite events of the school year.” Across the curriculum, MDS focuses on an integrated approach to learning.
Manhattan Day School / Yeshiva Ohr Torah (MDS), a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, celebrates its 73rd year of commitment to excellence in Jewish learning and general studies for pre-school, elementary, and middle school students.
MDS proudly declare themselves religious Zionists, guided by Torah values and ahavat Eretz Yisrael–love of the State of Israel. A dual curriculum challenges the children to be their best as Jews, learners and members of a larger community. The comprehensive general studies program has prepared generations of students to pursue their education at the finest yeshiva high schools.
The learning environment at MDS is dynamic. Students are offered the most innovative tools for learning–a Robotics program, MacBooks, iPads for middle school students and joint programs with cultural, educational and social service institutions. MDS values every kind of learner who comes through its doors and believes every child has an important contribution to make to klal Yisrael–the Jewish community.
This past year Manhattan Day School won the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a national competition that is a project of the Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation. MDS was one of two winners from over 62 applicants. JEIC tries “to disrupt complacency and encourage innovation in Jewish day school education.” The program, called “Tefilah Reimagined” helps students develop an individual appreciation for tefilah as a conduit for strong personal connection to Hashem, their community and their world.
MDS students think of their school as a second home. The school invites the community to its Open House, the “Manhattan Day School Early Childhood Experience,” on Wednesday, November 11 at 7:30pm. This evening will provide an opportunity to meet and speak with members of the Early Childhood faculty, first and second grade teachers, as well as well as current parents.
Some students have said about MDS:
“I love MDS so much I wish I could go to MDS college.” –Kindergarten student
“Tefilah Reimagined has given me more to think about [when it comes to tefilah]. The words, their meanings and my kavanna.” –6th grade student
“In Mrs. Melzer’s class we’re learning about the Holocaust and its importance…My generation has a responsibility to teach it to future generations.” –8th grade student
Cindy Sherman, Director of Admissions, can be contacted at 212-376-6800 ext. 534 to reserve attendance at the Open House or to schedule a personal tour and see how MDS is “Fostering a Lifetime of Learning” every day.