As our students come from diverse backgrounds, Tiferes takes pride in encouraging each and every student to appreciate her unique role in Klal Yisroel. Recognizing that each student has been given different G-d given gifts and abilities, we uniquely challenge each girl to strive to achieve her potential based on those talents.
In our Limudei Kodesh program, Tiferes utilizes the unique Kvutza system, which streams our students by ability (both text skills and analytical ability) into different levels, enabling each student to be challenged and strive for academic excellence on her own level.
Our General Studies program provides Academic, Applied and Essential streams, which all follow the Ministry of Ontario Curriculum Guidelines, enabling each student to enroll in courses suited to her abilities and goals. Our students graduate with an Ontario High School Diploma. Over 95% of Tiferes graduates first attend Seminaries in Israel and then go on to pursue post-secondary studies at various colleges and universities.
Encourage individualism: “She (Frau Sara Shneirer) loved her girls and respected their differences. She did not wish to transform the seminary into a melting pot. She instilled behavioral rules . . . but she respected the students’ distinctive characteristics and lifestyles.” Klal Yisroel is made of twelve different shevatim. Each had its own path through the Yam Suf, with its own distinct flag, role, colour of stone on the choshen, and its own Nasi. Tiferes students are guided to discover the unique contribution they can make, and to respect all the various shevatim that comprise Klal Yisroel.
Validate their struggles: Our students are taught through every means available, that their worth is NOT the package they were handed as a gift from Hashem (last name, intelligence, financial status, appearance, etc.) but rather what they do with those gifts. Tiferes emphasizes that the stars and leaders are those who conquer their struggles, not those who rest on their laurels and naturally rise to the top by virtue of their gifts.
Encourage questions: Rav Wolbe zt”l (as quoted by his son-in-law at a Torah Umesorah convention) said: ”There is no such thing as an apikorsus question – there are only apikorsus answers.” Students and adults alike throughout our community are finding that there are serious questions that require discussion. Yiddishkeit cannot remain in the “fairytale” state of elementary school, which was based on The Little Midrash Says. They must see the depth and truth – and their thinking must be encouraged and validated. Thus, Tiferes Bais Yaakov has developed a unique, step by step Hashkafa curriculum for all four grades, that address our Ikrei Emunah. And – by having a “question box” in each grade, all students can feel comfortable in posing questions anonymously – and knowing that their questions will get answered.
To sum it up, Jean Piaget, the noted educational psychologist, was known for espousing the concept that education means giving students the tools to figure things out on their own. L’havdil, we find a similar concept in the Torah. In the shira we say first “zeh keli v’anveyhu” – which is our own personal relationship with Hashem, and only afterwards “Elokai avi v’aromimenhu” – we refer to our mesorah. If we want our children to follow in our footsteps, we must give them the space and encouragement to first create their own personal relationship with ruchniyus.
Our newly renovated building includes numerous classrooms, a well-supplied Art Room, a fully-equipped Gymnasium, an Auditorium/Bais Tefillah, and a state-of-the-art Science Lab, providing for all of our students’ academic and extra-curricular activities.
Studies have shown that children whose parents are involved in their schools tend to excel in their academic studies. Parental involvement is always welcomed and we have many opportunities. Tiferes has an active Mothers’ Association as well as various volunteer committees including Fundraising, Budget and Finance, and Special Events. Parents also have the opportunity to contribute their talents during school hours by teaching Special Activity periods, or speaking on various topics.