Specialty Tracks

Frisch offers prospective students a variety of specialty tracks, as part of their required curriculum. Applicants can choose to pursue an area of personal interest in a daily specialty course from the options below. (Selections can be made on the online admissions application, where requirements and responses to application questions for individual tracks can be submitted.)

 

ART TRACK

The Art Track is a four-year course of study, developed by our Director of Visual Arts, Mrs. Ahuva Winslow. The track provides a dynamic curriculum within an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking and student expression. It enables students to acquire the skills necessary for lifelong artistic learning and application. The Art Program accommodates individual learning styles and develops students’ skills working in a variety of techniques. Students have the opportunity to learn from contemporary artists and lecturers through the program and gain exposure to many art related opportunities and experiences. Implementing the elements and principles of design, students in the Art Track create a portfolio of work of the highest standard.

For more information: Ahuva.Winslow@frisch.org

 

BEIT MIDRASH TRACK

The Beit Midrash Track offers a four-year course of study for students motivated to expand their skills and knowledge of Gemara or Tanach beyond the demands of the formal limudei kodesh curriculum.  Students have the choice to pursue rigorous and intensive study of Gemara or Tanach in an individualized and fast-paced environment.
It is the goal of the Beit Midrash Track to inculcate in its graduates a motivation and capacity to assume leadership roles and disseminate Torah on college campuses and in their communities.  To that end, students in the Beit Midrash Track are afforded opportunities to meet with leading Gemara and Tanach scholars to learn from their experience and scholarship.

For more information:

Gemara Track: yosef.weinberger@frisch.org
Tanach Track: rachel.besser@frisch.org

HUMANITIES LAB TRACK

The Frisch Humanities Lab is a cultural and research incubator grounded in humanities-centered inquiry. Students collaborate on research to construct practical solutions to major contemporary questions from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences. This inquiry into our most pressing problems is rooted in the endeavor to explore what it means to be human. Through various modes of analysis, students explore their identity as members of multiple communities with numerous spheres of responsibility. Questions to be examined include: Who am I? What are my responsibilities to others? What is my role as a member of my family, my school, my community, my country, and the world?

H-Lab classes challenge students to formulate questions and research answers on critical topics, such as the digital world, poverty and health, through four modes of analysis: History, Social Science, Philosophy, and Media Literacy. Juniors and seniors can choose to engage in a self-directed research project among other course options.

For more information: admissions@frisch.org

 

ENGINEERING TRACK

Engineering students are challenged to expand their intellects and to develop skills in the areas of inquiry, critical thinking, problem seeking, problem solving, research, and presentation. Students develop the ability to access and analyze information, to view the world through multiple perspectives, and to make connections between the disciplines of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM). Freshmen in the Engineering Track learn foundations of engineering and electronics, followed by bioengineering in the 10th grade. Juniors have the option of courses in Computer Science, Robotics, Digital Design and Fabrication, and seniors can choose from interdisciplinary electives which merge Halacha with technology.

For more information: Rifkie.Silverman@frisch.org

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK

Frisch’s Entrepreneurship Track motivates students to think and act like entrepreneurs by fostering innovation, experimentation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Students learn how to identify, create and shape opportunities by generating ideas that address real world needs and then developing the skills of market research, product development and project management to bring their vision into fruition. Students gain competencies that are vital to the success of any business as they gain the capacity to differentiate their venture from its competition, assess its financial feasibility, understand the forecasting and budgeting process and develop viable business models. Topics including strategy, sales, marketing, operations and accounting are covered. Entrepreneurship Track students collaborate on a project of social entrepreneurship in which they create and execute a business plan for a product or service of social and economic value. They employ entrepreneurial techniques to develop, fund and implement solutions to affect positive, sustainable social change.

For more information: admissions@frisch.org

 

MUSIC TRACK

Under the guidance of our Director of Music, Mr. Steve Bill, the Music Track is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to compose, arrange, record, and perform music on a professional level. Students gain exposure to the latest recording technologies and composition techniques. The track also includes demonstrations by professional instrumentalists in the skill of writing music for the students’ specific instruments. In addition, students have the opportunity to compose music for film and video, as well as for the Frisch Performance Ensemble and Jazz Band. The goal of the four year Music Track is to equip students as professional performers, composers, orchestrators, music producers, or educators.

For more information: Steve.Bill@frisch.org

 

WORLD LANGUAGES TRACK

Frisch offers a variety of world languages including Arabic, French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, and Yiddish. In freshman and sophomore years, the goal is to provide students with the skills to become proficient at a novice to intermediate level in the language that they choose in the three modes of communication: interpersonal (person to person), interpretive (listening and reading), and presentational (spoken and written production). Students also learn about various aspects of the culture of those language communities. Skills are emphasized through videos, audio activities, class conversation, readings, and writing assignments in which students employ grammar and vocabulary. Electives for the advanced study of each language are available for 11th and 12th graders and seniors have the option to take the AP exam. Introductory courses in each of the six language options are also offered in 11th grade for students who were in a different track in 9th and 10th grades, but want to embark on the study of a new foreign language in their junior and senior year.

For more information: deborah.herzog@frisch.org