As a supplement to our rigorous and balanced curriculum, all students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment programs through a variety of clubs and programs.
Some school activities include: Music Club, Math Club, Reading Olympics, Torah Fair, Student Council, Stock Market Club, Model Airplane Club and the Dr. Raphael Rubin (Z”L) Science Fair.
Drama and Arts
We provide artistic opportunities for our students, enabling them to learn through different modalities in order to discover their unique talents and strengths. Some of our ongoing programs include the Middle School Girls’ play, where the students not only act in the production, but design their own costumes and create scenery. Our Middle School Boys’ band plays at several school-wide assemblies and the students write their own lyrics and music. The boys’ choir performs at several community events including our Annual Scholarship Dinner. The 8th graders write and produce their own Purim Shpiel and perform in front of the entire school.
Our art program encourages students to explore their creativity through a variety of art materials in a relaxed environment. Students showcase their work in an end-of-year exhibition. In addition, many students attend art club during lunch or after school, so thatthey can further develop their artistic strengths.
Music and the Brain
Torah Academy participates in the Music in the Brain program, which offers music to all of our students from Pre-K to 3rd grade. All of the students learn to read and play music. The school has been outfitted with state of the art music equipment thanks to generous grants from the Music and the Brain and the 42nd Street Fund. Research has shown that music instruction has a positive impact on students’ performances in reading and mathematics.
In addition to our physical education program, elementary students have optional intramural sports clubs and middle school students can join the interscholastic teams in basketball and soccer. There are after-school clubs for all students to choose from including Martial Arts and Zumba.
Throughout the year, special programming enhances the ruach and the social environment of the school. Whether it is through school-wide assemblies, Sunday School, guest speakers, Chanukah plays, color wars, Rosh Chodesh activities, or shabbatonim, students graduate from Torah Academy with memories and experiences they will never forget.
Additional special programming in honor of Rosh Hashana, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, Yom Hashoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtzmaut, Lag B’omer, and Yom Yerushalayim enhance each student’s appreciation and understanding of these special days in the Jewish calendar.
In addition to education within our four walls, Torah Academy offers enriching trips for our students to apply their knowledge outside the classroom. Trips in the past have included the Philadelphia Wood Works, the Arden Theater, the Constitution Center, Valley Forge, the Japanese House in Fairmount Park, the Philadelphia Zoo and the New Jersey Aquarium.