High School

“If life is a highway, high school was my most important entrance ramp. Golda Och Academy helped me pave a road to success both personally and professionally by providing me with the knowledge to thrive in a secular world while maintaining a strong Jewish identity.”
—Jonah Kaplan '04
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 Puerto Rico and Cuba, and the Neshama program allows seniors to spend three months in Israel.

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    Dr. Eytan Apter 

    Principal, Upper School
    University of Pennsylvania - BA
    Fordham University - MST, PhD in Education
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The Senior Year

Golda Och Academy students complete our rigorous and challenging High School curriculum in seven semesters. By the end of their seventh semester they have submitted their college applications, completed their academic requirements for graduation and chosen a last semester program.

Students choose between two programs—Neshama or Internships—for the second half of the senior year after the college applications are submitted.


This extremely meaningful semester-long educational program in Israel begins with a week in Poland, where students realize their strong responsibility for telling about what they have witnessed in Poland after learning about the Jewish life lost during the Holocaust. In Israel, our students experience first-hand living in the modern state of Israel, while learning about the complexity of Israeli society. They celebrate Shabbat and holidays the Israeli way, volunteer with Israeli teens, participate in a desert-ecology seminar at a field school in the Negev, experience the high school military service training of Gadna, engage in seminars on political advocacy, and visit major historical, religious, and cultural sites. The Neshama program enables students to perfect their Hebrew skills, witness and learn about current political issues, and study Jewish history using the land as their classroom.


A kaleidoscope of options awaits those who choose to participate in the Internship program, a real-world work experience. Individual programs vary but may include job training in a field of the student's choice (such as medical research, state or national government, non-profit work, law, advertising, communication, design, etc). Students who choose this option meet on a regular basis with their fellow students and faculty advisers to discuss their experiences, attend field trips and maintain social contact.
GOA is not just a school. It’s a tight-knit community that focuses on the exploration of education and values through a Jewish lens. This community supported my continuous development by encouraging and enabling my participation in the arts, sports, literature and Jewish leadership. These experiences enriched my life at Cornell University.
— Kineret B. Class of 2014

Upper School Library

Welcome to the Bernard J. and Zelda Meislin Memorial Library. Make this page your  first stop for research - current, reliable information in books, databases and websites can all be found here.
Our extensive collection of print materials offers information on almost every topic covered in our curriculum, and you can always check to see if we have a book by using OPALS – our online catalog. 

Databases and NoodleTools (including usernames and passwords),  recommended websites, Battle of the Books,  and assignment resources can be found HERE. You must be logged into your GOA Google account to access this page.

I am always available to to recommend a good book to read for pleasure! We have gotten some great new fiction into the library recently!

Please feel free to contact me at or 973-602-3653 if you have any questions!

Karen Ulric
"A library doesn't need windows. A library is a window."
-Stewart Brand