Darkei Yehuda's distinctive path comprises experiential learning, personal progress and a loving atmosphere. These elements of education pave the way to a successful life for each student
eighty children of normal intelligence attend classes from grades one to eight at Darkei Yehuda. The youngsters cope with a variety of challenges including behavioral disturbances, emotional difficulties or learning disabilities.
A staff of fifty professionals, including rabbis, teachers and teaching assistants, craft an environment of joy and unity for learning and growth, with the warm cooperation of the students and their parents.
The syllabus parallels the curriculum of mainstream schools and is adapted to the needs of various students. The exciting multi-sensory teaching method engages the attention of the youngsters, while small classes and remedial lessons help each child realize his academic potential.
Darkei Yehuda provides a range of therapies, including horticulture (gardening) therapy, animal-assisted therapy, art and music therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, among others.
The students enjoy using the playgrounds and sports fields, and participate in carpentry classes and home economics courses. These activities help the children to develop their abilities, hone social skills and gain self-confidence. The Talmud Torah's well-stocked library hosts language arts sessions aimed at developing the use of and understanding of language and communication.
The Talmud Torah maintains a unique plan of incentives to encourage progress. Positive reinforcement of the children's efforts includes prizes such as field trips. The positivism engendered by this program leads to amazing strides in academic acheivment and in emotional maturity.
Forging the Future:
Darkei Yehuda particularly emphasizes helping students to progress toward merging into mainstream schools. Many former Darkei Yehuda students have integrated successfully into mainstream schools.
"The staff and the headmistress at Darkei Yehuda come to work, but not because of the salary. They are working because of their ideals. They invest all of their strengths into the students. They have developed a special, personal approach for each child. The teachers offer experiential lessons and personalized study methods adapted exactly to the learning speed and level of each student. There is simply no educational institution like this one!"
T.'s mother, at his bar-mitzvah party
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