Our school boasts a multidimensional and integrated curriculum based on authentic Torah values.
The OYYL curriculum follows the Rebbe’s directive that a Jewish child’s education should be “al taharas hakodesh.” Our students study a vast array of topics, including Chumash, Mishna, Gemara, Jewish History, Tefilah, basics of Tanya and Chassidus, and the rich history of Chabad Chassidus and its niggunim.
OYYL uses a layered-style curriculum to ensure maximum academic success. This means that we do not facilitate a cookie-cutter type education; instead, each child is gradually growing at their pace. There are core requirements that students must meet at every stage of learning to graduate to the next step. Therefore, our students systematically advance in their studies as every new idea or skill they are taught builds on their previous knowledge.
Teachers are required to communicate across the grades to report on each child’s proficiency, thereby ensuring that each child completes all the material over their schooling years. This method grants our staff a flexible curriculum structure, enabling them to educate each child according to their capability.
Regardless of the specific subject or activity, we provide students with an awareness of Hashem’s unity and tools to recognize His immanence in the world. Hashem’s presence is felt in the classroom environment, in the daily routine that includes Mitzvos, in the language used, and in the content of the curriculum that teaches nature as a wonder of Hashem’s making.
READING AND WRITING
Reading and writing are the essential tools for learning; therefore, attaining proficiency in these areas at an early age is vital. We place a strong emphasis on literacy skills. Our students are given the necessary decoding skills to independently understand a Hebrew or Aramaic text, so they do not need to be over-reliant on their teachers.
LEARNING TO THINK (EXPANDING COGNITION)
One of the core principles in Chabad’s philosophy is the importance of processing and internalizing knowledge and daily experiences; to be a Pnimi. Therefore, OYYL’s priority is to teach our students educational tools as opposed to focusing solely on knowledge gain. We believe that training a child to think critically, reflect on information, and relate it to their lives is the most crucial part of education.