The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz is a modern
orthodox, coeducational yeshivah
day school spanning grades nine
through twelve. The Upper School attracts applicants from the
greater Metropolitan area, including Queens, Nassau and Westchester
counties in New York, as well as from the major Jewish communities
in New Jersey and Connecticut.
The Upper School provides a stimulating educational environment
in which young men and women can develop their commitment to a
life of Torah learning and mitzvot,
to the land and country of
Israel, as well as their appreciation for the values and achievements
of Western culture. Most important, we seek to graduate individuals
who embody the values of menschlichkeit,
reflecting moral refinement
and ethical sensitivity.
Through its curricular and cocurricular offerings, the Upper
School encourages its students to pursue intellectual challenge,
to love learning, and to involve themselves in communal activity.
The program offers a rigorous, integrated dual curriculum in general
and Judaic studies with an emphasis on the Hebrew language. The
curriculum encourages students to engage in independent learning,
to pursue their interests and talents, and to develop their ability
to think and to express themselves creatively and critically.
Students are challenged to seek connections across the disciplines,
to integrate their learning and to value the process of intellectual
discovery and artistic creativity. The cocurricular programming
nurtures each individual's leadership potential while emphasizing
the importance of Jewish identity, of experiencing the values
of social responsibility and of communal obligation.
Through its guidance program and its advisement services, the Upper School assists its students to develop into well-rounded, religiously committed, fulfilled young adults. With its exceptional record of college admissions, the Upper School prepares its students for the academic and personal challenges of their higher education. A significant percentage of our graduates decide to defer their college studies as they pursue a year of Torah learning in Israel. Graduates of the Ramaz Upper School are poised to establish lives of religious meaning and personal fulfillment in the modern world.