Frisch offers prospective students a variety of specialty tracks, as part of their required curriculum. Applicants can choose to pursue an area of personal interest in a daily specialty course from the options below. (Selections can be made on the online admissions application, where requirements and responses to application questions for individual tracks can be submitted.)
The Art Track is a four-year course of study, developed by our Director of Visual Arts, Mrs. Ahuva Winslow. The track provides a dynamic curriculum within an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking and student expression. It enables students to acquire the skills necessary for lifelong artistic learning and application. The Art Program accommodates individual learning styles and develops students’ skills working in a variety of techniques. Students have the opportunity to learn from contemporary artists and lecturers through the program and gain exposure to many art related opportunities and experiences. Implementing the elements and principles of design, students in the Art Track create a portfolio of work of the highest standard.
Beit Midrash Track
In the Beit Midrash Track, students build a wide array of skills necessary to excel in learning Gemara. Sugyas are chosen based on student interests, as students analyze the texts in chavruta or small groups. The goals of the Beit Midrash Track are twofold: 1) to learn Bekiut: to finish a masechta, to learn how to comfortably move through the shakla v’tarya (give and take) of the Gemara and gain proficiency in reading and understanding Gemara with Rashi’s Commentary. 2) to learn B’iyun: to engage in a deep analysis of the Gemara and Rishonim, to become familiar with the commentaries in the back of the Gemara and when and how they are used, and to delve into classic Shas sugyot and concepts. Upon completion of the Beit Midrash Track, students should develop the capability of learning an entire sugya on their own, which includes: reading the Gemara, identifying the fundamental questions and concepts that arise in the text, and understanding how to find answers through the Rishonim and Achronim, both those that deal with the “lomdus” and those that deal with the halacha. The Beit Midrash Track is intended for self- motivated students who desire to engage in rigorous Talmudic study beyond the requirements of the formal Gemara curriculum.
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Comparative Cultures Track
As the global village evolves, we are increasingly brought into contact with other cultures, other traditions rich with aesthetic variety and beauty, informed with ideological distinction, animated by ethnic identity and inspired by religious ritual. The Comparative Cultures Track presents students with readings and experiences with selected world cultures to cultivate an appreciation and respect for the dignity of human endeavor and for the expansiveness of the human search for meaning. Students read, view and listen to the best that has been written, produced and composed over time; students are led to an appreciation of “other” and, at the same time, develop a foundational understanding and appreciation of their own Jewish cultural identity. Students who select this program should be prepared to read, to explore their thoughts, and to share their reactions in class discussions, collaborative projects, as well as in their writing. At the conclusion of each year, Comparative Cultures Track students publish a journal that reflects their journeys through different world cultures. To cap off this two-year course of study, students will embark on a European adventure to explore the various cultures that they have studied in their authentic environments.
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Engineering students are challenged to expand their intellects and to develop skills in the areas of inquiry, critical thinking, problem seeking, problem solving, research, and presentation. Students develop the ability to access and analyze information, to view the world through multiple perspectives, and to make connections between the disciplines of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM). Freshmen in the Engineering Track learn foundations of engineering and electronics, followed by bioengineering in the 10th grade. Juniors have the option of courses in Computer Science, Robotics, Digital Design and Fabrication, and seniors can choose from interdisciplinary electives which merge Halacha with technology.
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Frisch’s Entrepreneurship Track motivates students to think and act like entrepreneurs by fostering their innovation, experimentation and problem-solving. Freshmen are encouraged to identify, create and shape opportunities by generating ideas that address real world needs and then developing the skills of market research, product development and project management to bring their vision into fruition. Topics including strategy, sales, marketing, operations and accounting are covered, as students develop viable business models.
Over the course of freshman year, Entrepreneurship Track students collaborate on a project of social entrepreneurship in which they create and execute a business plan for a product or service of social and economic value. They employ entrepreneurial techniques to develop, fund and implement solutions to affect positive, sustainable social change.
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Under the guidance of our Director of Music, Mr. Steve Bill, the Music Track is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to compose, arrange, record, and perform music on a professional level. Students gain exposure to the latest recording technologies and composition techniques. The track also includes demonstrations by professional instrumentalists in the skill of writing music for the students’ specific instruments. In addition, students have the opportunity to compose music for film and video, as well as for the Frisch Performance Ensemble and Jazz Band. The goal of the four year Music Track is to equip students as professional performers, composers, orchestrators, music producers, or educators.
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World Languages Track
In Frisch’s World Language Track, students gain the skills to become proficient in French or Spanish in three modes of communication: interpersonal (person to person), interpretive (listening and reading) and presentational (spoken and written production) – and develop an appreciation for various aspects of the culture of those language communities. During the first two years, aural and oral skills are developed through the use of texts, videos, dialogues and student presentations.
Students in this track are required to take a language in 9th and 10th grade and can choose to continue to pursue their language at an advanced level in their junior and senior year.
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