High School

During the High School years, students move towards greater independence. Each year, they are expected to take more responsibility for their work and their own learning, including choosing from a rich list of elective courses. The academic goals are to fine-tune the students’ analytical skills and thinking processes so that they can approach a biblical text, a social studies primary document, or a physics problem independently and with confidence. This is a time for students both to gain competence in individual disciplines and to synthesize content and skills across those disciplines. The very same logical thinking that serves a student in discussion in Talmud class can be applied to solving proofs in geometry. College preparation lies at the forefront of our High School academics, and students from Golda Och Academy attend the finest colleges and universities.

Students at this level have the opportunity to explore Jewish and other cultures through travel. Ninth graders embark to Israel for Na'ale. Students partake in tikkun olam trips to New Orleans and Costa Rica, and the Neshama program allows seniors to spend three months in Israel.

Faculty Spotlight

List of 3 members.

  • Janette Antiles 

    Mathematics Faculty - Upper School
    Barnard College, Columbia University - BA
    Columbia Business School - MBA
    NJ Board of Education, Alternate Route Program - Certificate
  • Flora Musleah 

    Chair of Judaics Department - Upper School
    Columbia University - BA
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - BA, Teaching Certification
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America - MA
    Jewish New Teacher Project/New Teacher Center - Mentor Certification
  • Jonathan Hefetz 

    Language Arts Faculty - Upper School
    Binghamton University - BA
    Queens College - MS Ed.

List of 2 members.

  • Ilena Kasdan 

    Nurse - Upper School
    University of Pennsylvania - BA in Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Christine Stodolski 

    Upper School Principal, Chair of Science Department - Upper School
    Swarthmore College - BA
    Columbia University, Klingenstein Center - MA