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About our School

Mission
A unique education unfolds at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens, a Conservative Jewish day school serving children from pre-school through eighth grade. Students engage actively in high level learning in a comprehensive curriculum offering challenge alongside personalized support preparing them for success in high school, college, and careers. They are immersed in modern Hebrew, delve into the wisdom of our Torah, and experience robust Jewish life. With pride in our multicultural and multilingual student body, united by our Jewish heritage, we support our children to embrace diversity with the strength and confidence acquired through a deep understanding of Judaism. Innovation, creativity, and service to others are hallmarks of our approach. We foster entrepreneurial problem-solving, community engagement, and compassionate global thinking. Building lifelong ties among our children and families, we inspire commitment to the American Jewish community, the United States, the modern State of Israel, and the wide world beyond.
 

Core Values 

Living Torah
Loving Learning
Accepting and Appreciating Diversity
Connecting with Israel
Showing compassion and mutual respect
Building and innovating
 
 
 
Our Continuing Legacy
 
We are proud to continue our legacy of leadership. The Solomon Schechter School of Queens along with support from a devoted team of Trustees helped in the formation of the Tri-State Schechter Consortium. Its purpose is to help strengthen and advance the profile of Schechter Day Schools and the affiliated movement institutions. Our shared voices allow us to explore new models of collaborative leadership that benefit our mutual interests, which include (but are not limited to) marketing, financial sustainability, enrollment growth and fundraising.

See the results of our first successful project, the Schechter Consortium Brand Launch, which culminated in the renaming of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association to the Schechter Day School Network with an exciting vision for marketing and re-branding which has gone national.

Jewish Week
http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new_york/schechter_rebranding_effort_takes_hurdles
 
History
 
 
In 1956 a select group of visionary leaders in the Conservative Synagogue Movement of Central Queens, recognizing the need for a local day school informed by the progressive philosophy of Conservative Judaism, established our Solomon Schechter School (SSSQ).

That year twenty-one students began to attend classes in space provided by the Rego Park Jewish Center. Soon additional space was needed, and the Hillcrest Jewish Center offered its’ old building. Now located in two buildings in separate parts of Queens, SSSQ continued to establish its reputation for excellence in Judaic and general education, and in 1959, was awarded an absolute charter by the NYS Board of Regents.

The need to consolidate was met in the fall of 1965 when our beautiful building on Parsons Boulevard was dedicated. SSSQ has continued to flourish here through the years, drawing students from every community in central Queens and today boasting an enrollment almost 400 strong.

Our success has helped inspire the creation of forty nine other Conservative Jewish Day Schools across the United States and Canada that are now part of the Schechter Day School Network, a program of the United Synag
 
ogue of Conservative Judaism. This expansion of the Solomon Schechter Day School education and experience constitutes one of the most significant developments in the perpetuation of Judaism in North America.

We salute the pioneers who had the vision to start our School, and all of the generous benefactors who continue to turn the Schechter dream into an enduring reality.