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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  • Brianna Gitnik

    Brianna Gitnik, a proud Schechter Westchester/Leffell School alumna, returned to The Leffell School four years ago as a fourth-grade general studies teacher. Throughout her time as a student here, Brianna was impressed by the dedication and influential role of her teachers and inspired by the meaningful connections they cultivated with their students. Brianna loves getting to know her new students each year and creating lasting bonds within her class kehilah that continue well after they leave her classroom! With bachelor’s degrees in English and dance education from Muhlenberg College and a master’s in education and special education from Manhattanville College, Brianna incorporates movement into her daily classroom routines in order to promote an active and engaging environment. She sees her classroom as a place for students to learn, grow, and gain the skills necessary to become lifelong learners. When she is not in school, Brianna teaches dance and directs and choreographs for several competitive dance teams. She is also a teacher leader in the Legacy Heritage Teacher Leader Fellowship at Brandeis University and coordinates a teen philanthropy program through UJA-JCC of Greenwich, Connecticut. In her free time, Brianna loves traveling to new places and getting lost in a good book!
  • Rabbi Abby Sosland

    Rabbi Abby Sosland is the Morah Ruchanit (spiritual advisor) and chair of the Talmud department in the High School. She holds a BA from Harvard College and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a Wexner Fellow. She was formerly the assistant rabbi at Town and Village Synagogue in New York City, where she started the first free High Holiday service for unaffiliated downtown New Yorkers, featured in New York Magazine and the New York Times. She arrived at Leffell for a one-year respite from Lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks, and 20 years later, she is still energized by daily life at school. She loves to teach a wide variety of topics to fire up different sparks in students’ lives. Today she teaches Talmud, Bible, the Philosophy of the Messianic Idea in Judaism, and a course on the Holocaust and human behavior. She has taught a Women’s Lunch and Learn for over 12 years, covering a variety of topics including this year’s Rebels in the Torah. Rabbi Sosland enjoys getting involved in all aspects of school life; over the years, she has taught yoga, zumba, and meditation, helped to choreograph the school musicals, and acted as “ball girl” for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team. Her teaching aims to integrate serious text study with joyful connection and personal spiritual experience. She is grateful for the relationships she has built with alumni, officiating at their weddings and maintaining long-term, powerful connections. Off campus, she can be found walking the woods behind her home in Riverdale with her husband, Daryl Mazlish.
  • Ted Garber

    Ted Garber is in his tenth year teaching Middle School math at The Leffell School. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in math education from Manhattanville College. Ted strives to help students develop into independent problem solvers, and students in his classes know that they will always be encouraged to challenge themselves and persist as they work through all types of problems. Outside of the classroom, Ted can often be found on the basketball or tennis courts and he particularly loves his role as the High School Varsity Tennis coach. He appreciates the opportunity to work with kids in different capacities, share his passion for sports, and keep up with his former students as they develop into mature individuals. In his spare time, Ted plays golf and enjoys finding new TV shows and movies to watch at home.
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