Yeshiva College Boys High School

General Studies

Yeshiva College occupies a unique niche in the world of Independent High schools.

As a Religious Jewish school, everything that we do is informed by our ethos and values.

Our unique offering encompases a dual curriculum, devoting approximately 30 % of our day to Limudei Kodesh. However, we do not allow this focus to distract us from a total dedication to competing academically with the top academic schools. It is an extremely important focus in the High School that we attract and keep the best teachers available. At Yeshiva College, we place a great deal of emphasis on academic excellence and developing the whole learner. This is evident in our outstanding matric results and the contribution that our graduates go on to make to the world around them. Over the past six years, because of a concentrated vision of all round excellence, we have seen a drastic improvement in our matric results. We are extremely proud of our consistent 100% matric pass rate and we are particularly excited about the fact that in 2014, as well as attaining an average of 3,92 distinction per matric candidate, we also achieved 100% University Entrance, affording all of our graduating class, the privilege of being eligible to go to university if they so desire.

We also offer a wide variety of subjects in the General Studies sector, taking into account the different career paths our learners might wish to pursue as well as the different academic abilities within the learner population.

Subjects on offer include:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Maths
  • AP Maths
  • Science
  • Life Science
  • Hebrew
  • Accounts
  • Life Orientation
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • History
  • Geography

 

We also offer extra assistance where necessary and clinics are run in the afternoons to help learners who might be in need of support. We have two Educational Psychologists, one in each of the high schools, who are available to help learners with any problems they might face.

Kodesh Curriculum

Every day begins with intensive and in-depth study of Gemara and Chumash. The critical thinking and reading skills of these lessons provide the students with a unique skillset that enables them to engage with the required material efficiently and effectively. Interspersed throughout the school week, the students are enriched with practical lessons on daily living with dynamic Halacha lessons. In addition a broad background of Jewish history and General Knowledge is developed through our Jewish History and Navi Syllabus. Each grade has a weekly lesson with their RAM (Rav-Mechaneh). The aim of these lessons are to focus and develop areas of character development and Jewish thought. These lesson give the class an informal space to discuss and develop issues in Jewish Thought and Philosophy, as well as a platform for asking those all-important questions that a developing Jewish teenager has on his mind.

The pride of our Kodesh programme is the Mesivta Extension Programme where more than half our talmidim come to school earlier for their own Minyan, an extra seder of learning (Mishna) and breakfast every morning. This continues in the afternoon in the Mizrachi Shul / Beit Mordechai Campus Kollel Beit Midrash with tailor-made chavrutot and chaburot for our talmidim when they return for our daily Night Seder. The Night Seder is an awesome and exciting environment for talmidim to develop socially and push their learning beyond the confines of the school day.

Facilities

Our campus is bright and contemporary and our facilities include audio-visual capabilities to enhance a state-of-the-art education with a modern teaching apparatus for a school of the 21st Century. An exciting recently completed building project includes a multi-purpose Beit Midrash and a canteen taking our infrastructure to greater heights.

Extra Murals

Our informal programme includes many fun-filled and enriching activities such as Breakfast Clubs, extra shiurim before and after school, sports, Chessed and outreach programmes (including visits to Sandringham Gardens, Selwyn Segal and Our Parents’ Home as well as outreach to the broader community as well as fundraising. YiD (Yeshiva Informal Department) runs Shabbatonim, School Tours and a host of cultural activities. Our students participate in Leadership Forums both locally (Junior City Council) and internationally (Yeshiva University Model United Nations). Many of them spend a few months of their Grade 10 year on “Kfar”, a Bnei Akiva leadership programme that includes studying in an Israeli Ulpena (High School).