SAR Academy is a Modern Orthodox, co-educational Jewish Day School formed in 1969 through the merger of three Jewish day schools, Salanter Yeshiva, Akiba Hebrew Academy and the Riverdale Hebrew Day School. Though each was distinct in philosophy, constituency and identity, the three schools combined to form a unique and remarkable school committed to the goal of a flexible, informal and open educational system, rich with enthusiasm and sensitivity.
Located along the Hudson River in Riverdale, New York, the magnificent architectural structure of SAR, designed by the firm of Caudill Rowlett Scott, was inspired by the visions of its dedicated and tireless educators, leaders and benefactors. The windows at SAR are important, both philosophically and experientially. There is a powerful connection between learning, praying and the outside world. The rabbis observed that Daniel (Daniel 6:11) prayed in a chamber with windows and based on this required that all houses of prayer contain windows allowing for light, reflection and inclusiveness of others.
Surrounded by windows, and filled with light, SAR fosters and encourages reflection and inclusion. SAR is dedicated to the belief that every child possesses a divine spark, has unique worth as an individual, and should be encouraged to achieve according to his or her ability. SAR’s warm environment promotes confidence, creativity, and enthusiasm for learning. In its approach to academics, SAR nurtures students to develop intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and a lifelong love of learning and Torah. SAR has created a program committed to excellence in every aspect of its educational goals.