The New Community Jewish High School academic advising process begins with an assessment of each entering student’s academic record and results on the placement tests created by the New Community Jewish High School faculty in English, mathematics, science, Hebrew, and World Languages. After analysis of that record, a recommended core program is presented by one of our Deans in an initial meeting with the entering student and his/her family, along with the options for academic electives, athletics, and co-curricular activities. Our College Counselors also serve as academic advisors to assure students are not only meeting their graduation requirements, but also preparing for college.
Once the academic year is underway, the student’s Grade Level Dean, along with the College Counselor, assist students in making academic decisions or finding solutions to academic problems, and participate in further academic advising. Grade Level Deans review the mid-term notices and grade reports of their students, and confer with each student regularly concerning academic progress. The College Counseling department is consulted if any changes to academic or elective courses are recommended.
Near the close of each academic year, each department assesses the achievement of each student, and makes recommendations for appropriate placements for the year to come. The Grade Level Dean, in consultation with the College Counselor, reviews these recommendations of each student to create a course of study that will present a fair and reasonable level of challenge, offer intellectual stimulation in the areas of greatest interest, continue our mission of offering a comprehensive program of Judaic instruction, and lead to completion of expectations for university or other post-secondary education. Parents/guardians receive the student’s recommended program with a list of all courses open to the student. After the family confers and returns the program materials to the school, the Academic Coordinator constructs schedules for the upcoming year. The College Counseling Department not only provides oversight as to a student’s academic progress but they review students’ performance in light of the college admission process. Grade level deans also periodically meet with students to discuss academic concerns and progress.