Academics

Overview

The Leffell School is a warm and caring environment where students are invited to think creatively and analytically from the day they walk into their kindergarten classroom. Our dual curriculum enables students to think critically in two languages and provides them with a strong foundation in both secular and Judaic studies. From academic classes to holiday celebrations, to experiential learning and nurturing of body and soul, our students gain a breadth and depth of knowledge and are infused with a strong sense of pride as they explore their Jewish and American heritage.

More Than an Education:  A Foundation for Life

The Leffell School is a welcoming and inclusive community in which passionate educators are dedicated to bringing academic excellence and a love of Jewish life and learning to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our goal is to nurture the development of individual identity, build ethical character, foster the discovery and pursuit of passions, and fully prepare students to thrive on the college campus and in the workplace. The Leffell School students excel in the classroom, in the laboratory, on the playing field, and on the stage and ultimately become leaders in the greater world.

Dynamic Curriculum

Our students learn to think, write, speak, and create in both English and Hebrew. From the engineering lab to the beit midrash (Torah study center), they become critical thinkers and readers, articulate speakers, and analytical and creative writers. Every year our students achieve National Merit recognition and earn admission to dozens of the country's premier colleges and universities.

Individualized Education

Students with a wide range of academic abilities, learning styles, interests, and talents thrive in our classrooms. Differentiated instruction that includes flexible and fluid learning groups is a regular part of classroom life. Our support services team incorporates learning specialists, enrichment specialists, psychologists, counselors, a speech and language pathologist, and an occupational therapist. Weaving together skills learned in general and Judaic studies, STEAM courses (including engineering and computer science classes across all grades), the arts, athletics, and a broad array of co-curricular programs, our students are well prepared to meet the demands of the twenty-first century world.

College Counseling

The Leffell High School is committed to finding the right college match for all students by providing individualized and group advisement on the college admission process. Our goal is to work with students and families to find the right fit of school that will provide each of our students with the living and learning environment that will enable them to thrive.

Student Services

We know our students as individuals with their own passions and needs, and we work to provide an academically, emotionally, and socially engaging, challenging, and supportive program for each child. Our task is to use information about the whole child and harness the resources of our faculty to help every student to grow and meet his or her potential as she or he navigates the challenging world of childhood development.

Beyond the Classroom

Class and grade trips, community service, rich extra-curricular offerings, and student government are just a few of the experiential learning experiences that encourage our to students to question why things are, think about how things might be, and work toward change to insure that they develop knowledge, skills and confidence.

Faculty Spotlight

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  • Amanda Simone

    Amanda Simone is in her eighth year at The Leffell School. She has a bachelor’s degree in childhood education, as well as a master’s degree in literacy education. Amanda started at Leffell as a kindergarten teacher and has been teaching second grade for the last seven years. She enjoys incorporating books into every aspect of teaching, always excited to share her love of reading and discovering a good story with her students. What she loves most about teaching is the look on a child's face when they finally grasp a difficult skill, make a friend, or discover something new. The connections she makes with each individual student that continue beyond the end of their year together is one of the most fulfilling parts of her job. Amanda believes that the way the school comes together as a community makes The Leffell School unique, which is why she feels so lucky to be teaching here. When she's not in school, you can find Amanda spending time with her husband and two young kids, Sophia and Cameron.
  • David Chason

    David Chason is a seasoned and passionate science educator who has been described by many of his colleagues as a master teacher. He taught physics and earth science for 32 years in the Ardsley public schools before coming to Leffell. Prior to his illustrious teaching career, he was a hydrogeologist for an environmental consulting firm in upstate New York. At Leffell, he teaches all levels of our physics courses, ranging from Conceptual Physics to our Advanced Topics senior elective. David’s enthusiasm for science is contagious among his students. He prides himself in making the difficult concepts and mathematics of physics accessible to all students through engaging activities, demonstrations, and personal anecdotes that relate to his students’ life experiences. David’s favorite catch phrase is, “It’s not magic — it’s science!” It is not uncommon to see Mr. Chason’s classes outside studying F=ma by pushing his car with bathroom scales down the parking lot, or bouncing eggs off a basketball in the courtyard to discover the conservation of momentum. When not grading lab reports, David enjoys reading fiction for his book club, cycling with his wife Sheilah, hiking in local nature preserves with his dog Charlie, and spending as much time as he can with his grown children playing outdoor and indoor games.  
  • Jennifer Lividini

    Jennifer Lividini is in her tenth year in the High School English Department at The Leffell School. She loves the dynamics in the classroom because of the small class sizes and the warm, funny personalities of her students. She finds it a joy to watch them discover a more mature appreciation for beautiful language in both reading and writing. Jennifer strives to create a place where all voices are welcome and all ideas are heard. She enjoys mixing a love of all the arts into the curriculum, particularly in her exciting senior elective "Literature of Lyrics." When she isn't in the classroom, you can find her down at the music suite singing and collaborating with some of the talented student musicians in the building, which is her greatest joy. After the school day, she likes to unwind at home, relaxing with her husband and her favorite "Barney-boy" Labrador retriever.
Lower School Campus (K-5)
30 Dellwood Road
White Plains, NY 10605
914-948-3111
Upper School Campus (6-12)
555 West Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530
914-948-8333