School Life

Complementing academic classes are those we call Specials—classes like art, music, and physical education. These, along with sports and clubs, provide a staging area for the multiple intelligences at work in each child. Supporting and enriching learning, they stretch and challenge as well.


“I always tell my students that there is no 'wrong' in art.  Art is a process and a representation of how we feel and see the world.  I want my students to feel the range of emotions that art elicits both in the creation and in the viewing of it.  Art tells a story, creates a mood, expresses a feeling and is a way of exploring and representing our humanity."

— Judy Spitz, SSA art teacher


"Music nurtures the soul and it is the inspiration for a rich and beautiful life"

— Karen Navarre, music teacher


“Teaching music to children has brought more joy into my life than I could ever have imagined—watching the child who struggles in math learn fractions as she learns note values, the child who shuns dance suddenly put movement into his song, and best of all, the shy child who does a solo for the first time and smiles from ear to ear with pride. The children at Solomon Schechter learn so much more than music in music. They learn that they can accomplish things they never thought they could.”

— Marcia Reinhard, music teacher



"Athletics should be taught as a lifelong commitment. Our curriculum stresses fitness, fun, family and friends. The activities focus on the physical and emotional well-being of each individual student. I take every opportunity to learn about the qualities that make each student unique and try to create an environment that will foster growth in all areas."

- Ada Fillippeti, PE Coordinator and teacher

"A small school is like eating homemade chicken soup rather than canned soup.  It is not commercial or industrialized. I came in to direct the Chanukah play and work with Mrs. Reinhard.  Mrs. Spitz is doing the art. Everyone is on the same team, caring for the same students.  We are not rushing any students in and out . . . The faculty is there because we love it. We love it because of a dynamic principal; committed and supportive parents; the students really want to learn, even when the process is difficult; we can truly target the intellectual needs of each child..."

— Karen Navarre, music teacher