Our mesivta offers a classic curriculum with innovative inspiration.
-Small student-faculty ratio
-Remarkably upbeat atmosphere, where accomplishments are recognized and celebrated
-Bein adam le’chaveiro is closely monitored and guided
-A commitment to ongoing staff training and development
-Emphasis on fostering skills critical for independent study in Gemara, Rishonim and Meforshim
-We teach the standard yeshiva limudim with an additional focus on Chumash, Navi, Halacha, Biur Tefila, Mussar and Hashkafa
-Our “Master the Mesechta” program incentivizes and encourages extra chazara and mastery of the gemara
-A program that is crafted to prepare our talmidim to get into the yeshiva of their choice
-Differentiated instruction that appreciates different learning styles
-A serious and engaging program that culminates with a diploma in accordance with the laws of the Maryland State Department of Education and prepares our students for future academic and professional goals
-Exploration of Nifla’os Ha’borei through our broad science studies
-Desire to build a valuable proficiency in oral and written communications
-Focus on identifying Yad Hashem in our Emuna-building history lessons
-A modern, blended math program utilizing a highly acclaimed computer system from McGraw Hill Education that encourages real skill building and allows students to work at many different levels
-A personal finance and career planning curriculum that teaches budgeting and how to formulate appropriate financial goals and decisions
-An impressive computer science program where students are taught programming & web development
At Toras Chaim we tend to the overall well-being of every student by catering to the academic, emotional, and physical health of each bochur. To this end, we built an exciting school-wide extracurricular program. Our programs are designed to build character, camaraderie, leadership and promote physical fitness while complementing the mental acrobatics of learning in yeshiva. The energy and excitement in our wholesome extracurricular programs provide an excellent outlet and forum to experience great group fun while building important life skills.
Students enjoy learning creative skills while using professional software on our new Apple workstations: from graphic design to sound & video editing, storyboarding & script writing, production set design and acting. The yeshiva recruits experts in the industry to meet with each group of students to help guide their projects.
In our outdoors program, talmidim have the amazing opportunity go hiking, camping, boating, learn wilderness survival skills and much more. It is the nexus of experiential learning, building life skills and extreme adventures.
Martial Arts Program
With the guidance of an expert instructor, students learn self-defense while developing physical fitness and focus.
Our calendar is infused with many exciting trips and activities such as shabbatons, camping trips, sports activities, ropes courses, canoe trips, Thursday night mishmar, Friday night onegs, melava malka programs, and team building & leadership development activities.
Individualized Growth Program
Together with each talmid, we identify an area where he is ready to grow. We track his progress and celebrate his success! Every talmid can earn substantial trips and rewards by meeting the individualized goals in his program. It may be learning an extra seder, working a little harder in a certain class, starting sh’nayim mikra, something in bein adam le’chaveiro, or anything else that he is ready for.
Our trained staff are experts in crafting individual, meaningful, quantifiable goals in Torah learning and character development. Goals are regularly adjusted through the joint input of the talmid and his rebbeim & teachers. Progress is shared in real-time with the talmid, his teachers and his parents.
At Toras Chaim, we are committed to giving our talmidim every advantage by utilizing all effective tools and methodologies.
Blended Math Program
Our blended math program utilizes a highly acclaimed math assessment and practice program licensed from McGraw Hill Education. Students are regularly assessed, and the system generates practice problems that are appropriately challenging for their level. Combined with the expert instruction of our master teachers, we aim for mastery and skills over moving students from one unit to the next.
Every talmid has access to his own Chromebook which is carefully secured and monitored. Many talmidim use the Chromebooks for notetaking, making it easy and more exciting to take good notes and stay organized. The Chromebooks only allow access to the educational tools that we provide, such as the McGraw Hill math program, Quizlet, Google Docs and our online grading system.
Interactive Study and Review Tools
Using Quizlet, our students have access to fun and effective review tools and flashcard programs.
Write, Revise, Repeat
Our English teachers use Google Docs for real-time commenting and suggestions for writing assignments. This creates a smooth, interactive revision process – which is the most crucial step in developing writing skills.
Online Grading & Attendance System
As part of our commitment to working in partnership with the parents of our talmidim, the limudei kodesh and general studies staff uses a modern online grading and attendance system. This robust system allows parents and students to stay apprised of grades and attendance in real-time. It also helps the hanhala more rapidly identify patterns in the yeshiva as a whole, for specific classes and in an individual student’s progress.
Computer Science Skills
Computer Science skills are encouraged at Yeshivas Toras Chaim on a level that provides real preparation for a profession in IT. Many of the tools and programs utilized in our computer science program are also offered to other students for enrichment.
We live in a beautiful and vibrant world of yeshivos that continue the crucial work of Klal Yisroel's great institutions throughout the ages. Yeshivas Toras Chaim proudly shares their noble mission to engender a love of Torah learning within the next generation; we teach our talmidim to appreciate how that learning molds their minds, strengthens their moral compass, guides their lives and serves as the foundation & spark for their relationship with Hashem. Talmidim learn the skills necessary to delight in the Torah's infinite depth and traverse its life-encompassing breadth.
Acquiring the skills to learn Torah She'baal Peh on a deep and meaningful level is as difficult as it is important. At Yeshivas Toras Chaim, we facilitate this crucial stage in a Ben Torah's development through individual attention and a focus on core gemara learning skills. Using techniques that he developed and were subsequently utilized by yeshivos around the country, Rabbi Ayson Englander, a reknowned and highly skilled mechanech, assures that our 9th graders have a strong footing in these skills.
There are many other skills and prerequisites necessary to achieve our goal of producing stellar Bnei Torah. Chazal enumerate a daunting 48 such requirements. This number is dwarfed only by the myriad challenges that await every aspiring Ben Torah, especially in today's world. Therefore, a hallmark ofYeshivas Toras Chaim is our significant commitment to inspire our talmidim to ahavas Hashem, yirasshomayim, meaningful tefila, mussar, and meticulous bein adam lechaveiro. We present these axioms not as out of reach, distant dreams, but as actual goals for now, for today. They are not mere platitudes, occasionally worthy of mention. They are not an abstract subject for intellectual discussions. They are taught with passion, put into practice, and infused into every day. Indeed, we look forward to growing with our talmidim.
The stakes and risks are too high for even the brightest and most motivated to attempt success without the full arsenal of defenses provided by chazal. From our sedarim to limudei chol and everything in between, every aspect of the day is guided by our mission, by chazal and by Gedolei Torah. Years ago, I asked Rav Shmuel Kaminetsky shlit"a if there was one thing in particular we should try to teach jewish children. He answered, "Bonim atem la'Hashem Elokeichem." They must know who they are and what they can become.
The efficacy of this most powerful tool can be gleaned from Yosef hatzadik's successful encounter with the yetzer hara and eishes potifar. Chazal explain that he emerged victorious only after seeing an image of his father, an image that bore a striking resemblance to himself. So, they are telling us that it was not just his father that he saw; he saw himself, his future self, his potential. This powerful image of who he could become gave him the strength to succeed. We encourage our talmidim to be dreamers like Yosef hatzadik and recognize their individual potential and their rightful place in Hashem's palace.
Another tool we provide our talmidim is from the baalei mussar who taught the importance of baby steps. This is not just practical advice to increase the likelihood of success; it is a matter of priorities. The little things actually carry more weight than their larger counterparts. It is primarily through the little successes, the ones that are easier to achieve, that we show our commitment to Hakodosh Baruch Hu.
At Yeshivas Toras Chaim, we take these important lessons and others like them very seriously. They are fully and regularly conveyed to our talmidim as we guide them to become strong Bnei Torah and future leaders of Klal Yisroel. This occurs during mussar vaadim, shmiras halashon, biur tefila, navi and is interwoven within our extra-curricular programs.
Our serious general studies program analyzes the niflaos haborei, exposes the awe-inspiring wisdom contained in the briah, improves our students' writing and command of the english language and prepares them for whatever role in Klal Yisroel they may assume as adults. Our talmidim are also taught during their general studies that middos tovos and derech eretz are not a part-time responsibility but are of equal importance at all times, in all places and in one's interactions with all people. The true masmid, the consistent Ben Torah, never forgets his lofty status. We believe that our diligence in this area will better prepare them for building a happier, healthier home.
In short, we teach the beauty of talmud Torah as well as the all-encompassing responsibilities of an eved Hashem. We provide a warm and structured yeshiva and care for each talmid as an individual. Toras Chaim is where great young men become sterling Bnei Torah.