The Frisch School
, founded in 1972 by Rabbi Menachem Meier and Alfred Frisch, is a coeducational yeshiva
(Jewish day school
) secondary school
located in Paramus
, New Jersey
, which adheres to the tenets and practices of Modern Orthodox Judaism
. The school is named for founder Alfred Frisch who owned the land on which the original campus was situated prior to the school's inception in 1972.
The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1992. Its accreditation expires November 1, 2012.
As of the 2007-08 school year, the school had an enrollment of 640 students and 78.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 7.7.
For the 2007-2008 school year, Frisch moved to a new campus at 120 West Century Road in Paramus. Frisch purchased this site, 14 acres of land and an office building, from Hewlett-Packard and renovated what had been an office building, constructing an addition. The campus includes 34 classrooms, a learning center, six science laboratories, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a two-story library, music and art studios, a Beit Midrash, and a publication room. Outdoors, the campus has a softball field, two tennis courts, a basketball-hockey, and a soccer field encircled by a running track. Indoors, the building is wired for a modern computer network and cutting-edge technology.
The school formerly resided at E. 243 Frisch Court in Paramus, on a seven acre plot of land. The Frisch Court property was leased to the girls yeshiva high school of Bat Torah.
Founded in 1972, by Abraham Kremer, Marvin Eiseman, Rabbi Menacham Meier and Alfred & Ethel Frisch, with a mere dozen students, the school has since grown to include over 650 students. The class of 2005 consisted of over 150 students, a number which is rapidly rising. The class of 2007 had 165 students. School administrators expect 200 students per class in the near future.
Rabbi Menachem Meier served as the school's first principal and was responsible for the school's early development. Rabbi Saul Zucker succeeded Rabbi Meier and served as principal for one year before Dr. Kalman Stein, the current principal, took the job in 1999. Under Dr. Stein's direction the school has experienced tremendous growth.
In 1975, The Frisch School's self-study team was required to “formulate a statement of philosophy for the yeshiva.” This statement has remained unchanged. The statement describes The Frisch School as a “unique educational institution... to promote the values and study of the Judaic heritage as defined and evolved in the [Jewish] Written and Oral Law.” In addition, the school promotes the “wellsprings of Judaic values...[which] are: (a) the dignity of the Human Being... [and] (b) The sanctity of the Jewish people.”
For the first two years at Frisch, a student's courses are set according to the school's core curriculum. This includes, for both years: A language (Spanish, French, or Latin); A hard science (Biology in 9th grade and chemistry in 10th grade); English; History (World History in 9th grade and American History in 10th grade); Mathematics (the course depends upon the specific track where one is placed); Hebrew Language; Torah
); Nach (Nevi'im
"Prophets" and Ketuvim
"Writings"); and Talmud
In 11th grade, one may, or may not, take a language and has the option of taking further electives. Four Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are offered every year to students. They are: AP Physics B, AP Art History, AP Statistics, AP United States History, and AP English Language and Composition.
In 12th grade, as in 11th grade, a student may, or may not, continue with the language which they had previously been taking. Electives available to 12th graders are: AP Macroeconomics; AP Biology; AP Chemistry; AP English Literature and Composition; AP Psychology; AP European History; AP Physics C; AP Calculus AB; AP Calculus BC; AP Statistics; AP Spanish Language; AP French Language; Latin Literature; Music Theory; AP Studio Art; AP Art History; AP Computer Science A; Psychology; Astronomy; and more.
Frisch is regarded for its athletic teams, which have won more championships than any other competing school in the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School League. There are twenty-three sports teams in total. There are four basketball teams, one baseball team, three hockey teams, one wrestling team, two tennis teams, two volleyball teams, two soccer teams, two swimming teams, three softball teams, one bowling team, and two track teams.
Frisch has many academic teams including chess, debate, college bowl, Torah bowl (boys and girls teams), and business bowl team. Like the sports teams, most academic teams compete in the Yeshiva league.
The school composes and issues the following publications:
- Acheinu - The AISAC (American Israel Student Activism Committee) publication, it includes relevant news regarding Israel and the Middle East.
- Be'er Shavua - The weekly Parsha (Torah portion of the week) essay pamphlet
- EishDat - The yearly compendium of divrei Torah, written by students and faculty
- Kalliope - Kalliope is the annual creative writing and fine arts magazine.
- Las Joyas - Las Joyas is the Spanish edition of the yearly foreign language magazine which includes Spanish, French, Latin and Hebrew compositions and poetry.
- The Provocative - The student culture newspaper.
- The Struggle - The monthly newspaper, it includes editorials, reports and even reviews of local restaurants.
- The Yearbook - Published annually and distributed to all graduates, this publication serves as a lasting sentiment.
Clubs and Activities
Frisch has over forty clubs and activities. They include: Debate, Model United Nations, Model Congress, Political Science, Book Club, Film Club, Mishmar (bible studies club),Science Club , Engineering Club, Chess, Magic Club, Junior Statesmen of America, Israel Action Committee (A.I.S.A.C.), Darfur Action Committee, Finance Club, Yoga Club, Choir, Acting the Classics, Poetry Club, Comic Book Club, Dance Team, College Bowl, Mock Trial, Community Service (Chessed) Club, Linking the Generations (L.T.G.), Photography Club, Torah Bowl, Chidon HaTanach (International Bible Contest
), Pre-Med Society, and many others.
The Frisch School Student council consists of three class representatives from each grade and four members of an executive board, one of whom is president. Elections are held in May for executive board and for the class representatives of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Freshman elect their class representatives in October.
Once a year, the Frisch school has a week-long festival known as Shiriyah. Each team, i.e. each grade, competes in sports, trivia, hallway design, slow song, fast song, stomp, and video. Each grade is given a theme which must be worked into every presentation. Each grade has two generals, a boy and a girl, and at least four captains. Shiriyah culminates at the end of the week with the final presentation. Parents are welcome to see slow song, fast song, and the junior and senior stomps. However, only students and teachers see the videos and the freshman and sophomore stomps. Some videos and stomps from years past are available on YouTube
. While students do miss some class because of Shiriyah, practically all classes are still held and students are expected to attend.
Post High School
Frisch provides a college preparatory education and all students attend a four-year college after graduation. Additionally, a large proportion of the student body, varying from year to year, spends a year in Israel post graduation, prior to college. Nearly two-thirds of the class of 2007's 160 graduates are studying in Israel in their post-graduation year.
- Jeremy Dauber, class of 1990, Rhodes Scholar and Columbia university Professor of Yiddish Literature.
- Kevie Feit, current mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey.
- Alisa Flatow (d. 1995), victim of the Egged bus 36 bombing.
- Elie Y. Katz, former mayor of Teaneck, New Jersey.
- Ryan Karben 1994, former New York State Assemblyman.
- Arthur Lenk (born 1964), Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
- Rabbi Daniel S. Nevins (born 1966), named Dean of the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
- Rena Sofer (born 1968), actress.
- Regina Spektor (born 1980), singer and songwriter, attended the school for freshman and sophomore years.
- Rabbi Gil Student (born 1972), publisher.