The next step in Jewish education has begun for the Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ) Grade 8 students. YCQ Grade 8 parents attended YCQ Junior High School (JHS) High School Night on Wednesday, October 27, to learn about the process of applying to Jewish high schools in the area. After opening remarks from Rabbi Landsman, YCQ Principal, parents attended in-classroom sessions with several high schools. The evening was directed by Mrs. Alyssa Schussheim, YCQ High School Admissions Coordinator.

Westchester, NSHAHS, Ramaz, HAFTR, Ezra, SAR, HANC, Central, SKA, Hadar Bet Yaakov, Yeshiva Shaarei Zion, Rambam, DRS, MTA, and Tiferet Torah all made comprehensive and informative presentations to YCQ parents eager to learn about each school.

Ms. Odelia Schlisser, Assistant Principal of YCQ JHS, remarked, “Rabbi Landsman assured the parents that the administration would help guide families through the application process. He urged parents to ask probing questions, and be educated consumers, in order to make sure that the schools they apply to are a good fit for their child, and family values. He also reminded them that their child needs to be part of the decision process.”

 “The high school presentations brought clarity to a maze of challenges. Dedicated parents want to find the most suited high school for their children. This would be extremely difficult without YCQ’s partnership and guidance to help navigate the many worthy options,” reported Rabbi Moshe Hamel, Assistant Principal of YCQ JHS.

When asked what is unique about this year’s YCQ graduating class, Ms. Odelia Schlisser responded, “This year’s Grade 8 is inquisitive and thirsting to learn more. Many of the boys and girls are involved in academic after-school enrichment programs and volunteer work. We are incredibly proud of our Seniors, and we are confident that they will make a positive impact in their high schools as well.”

Rabbi Mark Landsman concluded, “It is such a pleasure, privilege, and honor, to have the opportunity to meet with our Grade 8 parents, and partner together with them to prepare their children for the next step in their Jewish education.”

As YCQ prepares its next graduating class for success, the school welcomes new families to an Early Childhood Open House on Sunday, November 7, at 10 a.m. For more information, please call Mrs. Sharon Korn, Director of the YCQ Early Childhood Program, at 718-793-8500, ext. 313.