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The Middle School Guidance department, under the direction of Dr. Aliza Frohlich, is a dynamic and innovative program geared towards the ever- changing needs of emerging adolescents.   During these middle school years, children are changing at a rapid pace, and Dr. Frohlich has developed a guidance program targeted towards the specialized needs of the “tween” years.

The Student Guidance Dept. serves as a resource for students, parents and teachers as she helps individual students navigate through the ups and downs of this stage their lives. With an “open door” the goal is to help students’ self-advocate, brainstorm solutions to their problems and learn to communicate better. 

Dr. Frohlich has developed our cutting edge Advisory program- a proactive and interactive weekly social/emotional class providing our students with life skills ultimately helping them to become resilient adults.   The lessons are dynamic and feature activities, multi-media and creativity.Topics such as communication skills, relationships, body image, and substance use are examples of issues to be tackled in this curriculum.   The focus of each grade’s curriculum is individualized to the issues they are facing. 

In Sixth Grade, there is a focus on ensuring their transition to Middle School is as smooth as possible.  Units on Organization, Time Management, Study Skills and mentoring programs ensure this smooth transition. 

In Seventh Grade the theme is “Prepare Yourself to Change the World.” Topics such as leadership, decision-making, empathy, and activism are targeted with hands-on projects.  

In Eighth Grade the students’ spend their year “Applying To High School” and “Preparing for Life After Yavneh.”   They focus upon how to choose a high school, preparing for the process, and skills needed for successful  high school life, like resisting peer pressure, cheating and honesty, and relationships with parents. 

Our Middle School students also experience our Adolescent Life and Health Curriculum which is an opportunity for our students to learn about puberty and the social/emotional and physiological changes they are or will be confronting from a competent and halachically appropriate source.  

The goal of Middle School Guidance program is to help mold resilient students who are well-adjusted and ready to face the world.  Parents, teachers and the guidance program work together a team to raise “our” children prepared to meet challenges and successes in life.

If you have more questions contact Dr. Aliza Frohlich at aliza.frohlich@yavnehacademy.org

The Advisory program is funded in large part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.  We are grateful for their support of this celebrated program.

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