“Everyone is friends with everyone, it's like one school-wide family.”
Those are the words of one student, and the sentiment of all. We strive to maintain a warm and friendly atmosphere. From the dorms to the athletics to the extra-curricular learning opportunities, a significant focus is placed on developing an out-of-classroom connection and chevra that many students maintain for the rest of their lives.
Our students come from cities across the U.S. and Canada. Our fully staffed dormitory features newly renovated suites with built-in closets, a desk for each student and beautiful connected bathrooms.
Over 90% of our student body is involved in extracurricular activities. Whether chesed, learning chaburos and mishmar, or the basketball team, our extracurriculars are geared toward building character as a ben Torah and developing valuable leadership skills.
From bowling trips to ski trips to Shabbatons and Torah Bowl competitions, a FYHS student notes, “Outside of class, there’s always something to do." The captain of our varsity basketball team sees interscholastic competition as something more than fun and games. “When I interact with people from other schools who aren’t necessarily Jewish, I have to represent the Jewish people,” he says. “They’re watching you, and if you act the right way, it’s a Kiddush Hashem.”
At FYHS we are proud to have an extensive and competitive athletics program. The stands are always packed when our basketball team is on the court and our newly formed baseball team has gained immediate fan support. Other intramural sports include flag football, tennis and ultimate frisbee. The athletics program is always expanding, and if there’s a sport that isn’t currently offered, just ask! We’re always eager to start new athletic traditions at the yeshiva.
Our various chesed programs give our students the opportunity to develop and enhance their educational and personal growth. Our students volunteer with Yachad, Chai Lifeline, and Group Homes, as well as participate in toy and clothing drives throughout the year, often in conjunction with the Chicago Chesed Fund. Bigdei Yisrael is one of our most cherished drives, where students collect, sort, and package gently used clothing to send to families in need in Eretz Yisrael. Since the program’s inception, our students have collected over 40 tons of items! Our student-led chesed committee is constantly looking for different opportunities for our students to give back to the community.
Another point of pride is our chesed activism. When the community of Houston was hit with a hurricane several years ago, we organized a group of over 20 students to fly down and provide aid. While, Baruch Hashem, events such as these are few and far between, we are always eager to help.
Names, Not Numbers
The “Names, Not Numbers” program is chaired by Mrs. Avigail Schechter, and is run by founder Tova Fish-Rosenberg, currently the Director of Hebrew Language and Special Programs at Yeshiva University High Schools, and who has been intimately involved in the Jewish community throughout her career. Her program brings students into first-hand contact with the filmmaking process, and under the direction of skilled advisors and professionals, prepares them for the interviews and the necessary steps required for producing a meaningful documentary. In preparation for the Fasman Yeshiva program, a curriculum was prepared for the students who employed the processes of interviewing techniques, oral history, documentary film tools, internet research, editing and Holocaust history.
The central focus of the Fasman students’ film, titled “Names, Not Numbers: A Movie in the Making ©,” was the stories of six Holocaust survivors who each participated in on-camera interviews, and the resulting impact upon the students after hearing the survivors describe their experiences and trials during this darkest period of history.
The film program represents another concrete step the school is taking to broaden its educational offerings and meet a wider range of interests among its students while adhering to its goal of providing a warm and nurturing Yeshiva experience combined with top-flight academics.
|Shacharis||7:45 - 8:30 a.m.|
|Halacha||8:35 - 8:50 a.m.|
|Breakfast||8:50 - 9:20 a.m.|
|Shiur||9:20 - 10:30 a.m.|
|Seder||10:50 - 11:50 a.m.|
|Tanach||11:50 - 12:20 p.m.|
|Lunch||12:20 - 12:50 p.m.|
|Second Seder||12:50 - 1:30 p.m.|
|Mincha||1:30 - 1:45 p.m.|
|1st Period - Hebrew Language||1:50 - 2:31 p.m.|
|2nd Period - Break||2:35 - 3:16 p.m.|
|3rd Period - General Studies||3:20 - 4:01 p.m.|
|4th Period - General Studies||4:05 - 4:46 p.m.|
|5th Period - General Studies||4:50 - 5:31 p.m.|
|6th Period - General Studies||5:35 - 6:16 p.m.|
|Dinner||6:20 - 6:50 p.m.|
|9th-12th Grades||Monday & Thursday Nights 6:50 - 7:50 p.m. followed by Maariv|
|10-12th Grades||Tuesday Night 6:50 - 7:50 p.m. followed by Maariv|
|Thursday Night Mishmar||8:15 - 9:15 p.m.|