The Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway is a modern orthodox Yeshiva with the Torah as the foundation of its philosophy. Education consists of developing intelligence, acquiring knowledge, mastering skills, and forming character. According to the Torah, the parent is the primary educator, and by extension the teacher, while in school, is in loco parentis. It is the role of both the teacher and parent to cooperate, to guide, and assist in the development of the whole child, academically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. The student will be expected to respect, to make proper appraisals of (to be sure to fit it into the context of his/her religious obligations), and to contribute towards the improvement of society. As a faculty, it is our mandate to provide the proper environment, in both general and Judaic studies, for total growth of the child as a responsible Jewish American.

With these thoughts uppermost, HAFTR endeavors to fulfill the following objectives:

1. Spiritual:

-to develop sound moral principles and enthusiasm within the context of an Orthodox Jewish life
-to motivate our students
-to learn and love Torah
-to observe rituals and mitzvot
-to be charitable and respectful
-to understand the importance of community
-to love the State and land of Israel

2. Intellectual:

-to strive for the highest development of the human mind, each child to their own ability and potential
-to inspire students to see learning as a rich and rewarding experience
-to provide an atmosphere of learning which encourages freedom of communication between student and teacher

3. Emotional: to develop among our students a positive self-image to assist them in their entrance to the adulthood..

4. Social: to foster the experience of belonging to a peer group in a religious, well disciplined, and orderly environment.

5. Physical: building of a child’s body as well as their mind, are both integral in the development of the child.

The Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway is accountable to HAFTR’s Board of Education. Board of Trustees, as well as the New York State Department of Education.