DRS GUIDANCE & SUPPORT SERVICES

  • LEARNING SUPPORT
    LEARNING SUPPORT

    DRS is committed to helping each student succeed, and respecting the needs of diverse learners. Our Student Support team consists of learning specialists who work to ensure that each student is provided with the tools and resources to meet her academic goals. Please contact Mrs. Robin Schick at rschick@drshalb.org for additional information regarding this program.

  • COLLEGE GUIDANCE
    COLLEGE GUIDANCE

    OUTREACH TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS

    The College Guidance Office at DRS is committed to working with our students and parents to guide them through the College Application Process (CAP). We believe that outreach to parents and students is one of the keys to a successful outcome. To that end, we get families involved early in the high school experience by reaching out to the parents in the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades with Parent Breakfast Workshops. These workshops are kept to small numbers which allows us to personalize them. We hold a major College Night for each grade level starting in tenth grade. The Senior College Night is a forum of major universities addressing questions and concerns unique to our student body, in addition to more general information. The Junior College Night has a keynote speaker from the City University who reviews the CAP and the timeline for applying to all universities. The Sophomore College Night addresses the SAT vs. ACT in an informational Power Point that reviews the salient points of the CAP appropriate for the Sophomores.

    Starting in the Junior year, Mrs. Rosenberg, the Director of College Guidance has a formal individual meeting with each student and his family to discuss his goals and give guidance on the CAP. In the Senior Year, Mrs. Rosenberg meets with each Senior many times, helping them to complete their applications and encouraging them to meet deadlines. The Senior English teacher works with the College Guidance Office, correcting and helping the students write their college essays. The College Guidance Assistant supports all aspects of the College Guidance Office and helps each student individually. Dr. Kirshenbaum helps each student plan his schedule and partners with Mrs. Rosenberg for effective programming for all aspects of College Guidance.


    OUTREACH TO COLLEGES AND DEANS OF ADMISSION

    Dr. Kirshenbaum and Mrs. Rosenberg are expanding the DRS college network. We are building bridges with colleges and expanding our contacts with Deans of Admission. Last year, we visited four colleges in the Boston area and Yeshiva University. This year, so far, we visited Princeton University and Cooper Union, establishing a personal connection with each Admission office. Additionally, we host many colleges at DRS, affording Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to meet with and hear about different college representatives. These meetings usually occur during lunch or at 5:15 PM, affording the most accessibility to our upperclassmen without missing classes. This year, we had thirteen colleges visit DRS, including: Johns Hopkins, Yeshiva University, Columbia University, Landers College, Stony Brook University, University of Chicago, Queens College, Baruch College and New York University.

    Mrs. Rosenberg attends meetings that are hosted by various colleges for High School College Guidance personnel. The relationship that DRS has with colleges is organic, expanding and building on that relationship each year.


    COMMUNICATIONS

    The College Guidance Handbook and Summer Programs Booklet are updated and reviewed each year. We email monthly Newsletters to students and parent, offering information on the mundane as well as important updates. Scholarships, internships and deadlines are frequently included. Letting our families know what is happening in the college guidance world is a priority for us. There are constant student meetings and an interrelationship with the staff and administration, with the goal of having your son achieve his college expectations.

  • SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL GUIDANCE
    SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL GUIDANCE

    Our guidance department provides ongoing support services and runs engaging programs to offer our students an optimal level of social/emotional training. Confidential one-on-one counseling sessions are available to all students, and group workshops are presented on a variety of psychosocial topics, such as stress-management, empathy, gratitude, inner growth, teamwork, and many other themes.

    We designed “The Positive Project” as an innovative way to enrich our overall school culture, and provide students, parents, and faculty members with trainings & resources for social/emotional wellbeing. We pride ourselves on playing a highly proactive role in the holistic development of our students.

  • ISRAEL GUIDANCE
    ISRAEL GUIDANCE

    DRS is committed to helping all of our students interested in applying to to Israeli Yeshivot. We work with the students and their parents to understand the aspirations, interests and concerns of each individual young man. Rabbi Elly Storch, our Associate Principal of Judaic Studies, also serves as our Director of Israel Guidance.

    Our goal is threefold:

    1. To help the students make the right choices.
    2. To act as facilitator.
    3. To insure that the process is a pleasant and meaningful experience.

    Ultimately, we want every student to find the right “match” so that he can continue to learn and grow academically and religiously in her post high school years.


    QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT ABOUT ISRAELI YESHIVOT

    • What do I want to gain most from my year in Israel?
    • Which Yeshiva will best provide for these goals?
    • With what type of peers do I want to spend my year? With close friends or do I want to meet new people?
    • Do I want people who are ahead of me or those that will grow and mature along with me?
    • What skills would I like to have by the end of my year in Israel?
    • Am I self motivated or do I need a Yeshiva that will motivate me?
    • Do I want a Yeshiva that offers more time in shiur or one that devotes more time to chevruta study?
    • Do I want to be in Yerushalayim or would I prefer to be elsewhere?
    • Do I want Rabbeim who will closely guide my development or would I prefer to grow at my own pace and discretion?
    • Am I looking for a yeshiva that plans and provides many extra activities or one whose focus is mainly/only on learning?
    • How do I picture myself at the end of the year? Which Yeshiva will help me get to that point?
    • Do I want my shiur to be in Hebrew, English or do I have no preference?
    • Do I want to be with Israelis or exclusively with Americans?
    • Have I spoken with alumni of the Yeshivot that I am considering?
    • Have I inquired about the supervision and vacation policy of the Yeshiva?
    • Does the Yeshiva offer college credit?
    • Do I want a large Yeshiva (300+), a mid-sized Yeshiva (100-200) or will I do best in a small Yeshiva (30-70 boys)?
    • Are the facilities (dining, sports, dormitories) important to me?
    • What type of Rabbeim are there at the Yeshiva? Do they keep contact with the boys after their time in Israel?