Welcome to the Paul & Maggie Fischer High School
Fischer High School–Learning and Growing as One
From our first graduating class to the present, the Posnack School has a proven track record of combining academic excellence and love for Jewish living. Graduates of the Paul and Maggie Fischer High School are accepted at the best colleges in the United States and internationally.
The 2015-2016 school year witnessed the opening of the brand new Paul and Maggie Fischer High School and Ram Gymnasium. This state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot building houses one of the finest secondary school facilities in South Florida and includes a professional lecture hall, a media production studio, a “black box” theater, a student activities center, as well as a two-story gymnasium. The Posnack School Courtyard connects the High School to the Lower and Middle schools.
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Fischer High School Profile
Fischer High School Academic Program
At the Posnack School we develop well-rounded scholars comfortable in the rigors of the classroom, the competition of the playing field, the inspiration of the stage, and the hallowed spirituality of the house of prayer.
The Paul and Maggie Fischer High School curriculum includes courses in both general studies and Judaic studies. Posnack requires its students to take a rigorous course load of eight courses per semester. Posnack offers 15 different AP courses for students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Moreover, even though AP Hebrew courses are unavailable from the College Board, many Posnack School students achieve sufficient proficiency in Hebrew to request language credits of their respective colleges. Fischer High School students have access to a well-rounded list of course offerings that meet and exceed state and national standards in language arts, history, mathematics, science, and foreign language. In addition to the required courses, a number of electives are available to the students.
- World Lit I & Composition, Honors
- World Lit II & Composition, Honors
- American Lit & Composition, Honors
- English Language & Composition AP
- British Lit & Composition, Honors
- English Lit & Composition AP
- Literary Magazine
- SAT Prep
- World History, Honors
- Jewish History, Honors
- American History, Honors, AP
- Economics, Honors, AP
- American Government, Honors, AP
- Human Geography AP
- Psychology AP
- Legal Studies
- Geometry, Honors
- Algebra II, Honors
- Pre-Calculus, Honors
- Statistics & Probability Honors, AP
- Calculus Honors, AB, BC
- Biology, Honors, AP
- Chemistry, Honors, AP
- Physics Honors, AP
- Environmental Science, Honors, AP
- Marine Biology Honors
- Anatomy & Physiology Honors
- Hebrew I, II
- Hebrew III, IV, V, VI Honors
- Spanish I, II
- Spanish III, IV Honors
- Rabbinics I, II, III Honors
- Advanced Judaic Seminar
To graduate, students must accumulate a minimum of 24 academic credits including 1.0 credit in health and physical education. In addition to the traditional college preparatory program, students who excel in their academic studies have opportunities to take honors and advanced placement (AP) courses.
- Judaic Studies 4.0 Cr.
- English 4.0 Cr.
- Mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and one other Mathematics course) 4.0 Cr.
- Science (Biology, Chemistry, and one other Lab Sciences required) 3.0 Cr.
- Social Studies (World History, Jewish History, American History, U.S. Government/Economics) 4.0 Cr.
- Foreign Language- Hebrew 3.0 Cr.
- Personal Fitness-Physical Education 0.5 Cr. (And/Or Two (2) seasons of participation in Ram Team Sports).
- Health 0.5 Cr.
- Performing and or Fine Arts 1.0 Cr.
- Electives 6.0 Cr.
- Total Credits for Graduation 30 Cr.
- Community Service 100 hours
Fischer High School Leadership
Meet Gayle Green, Fischer High School Principal
Gayle Green brings 15 years of experience to the Posnack School as an educator and an administrator. She graduated from Cornell University in 1985 with a degree in Government and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a JD in 1988. After practicing law on Wall Street and the District of Columbia, she relocated to Florida where she opened her own law firm. In 1995, she decided to pursue her love of literature by attending graduate school at Florida Atlantic University, where she also taught writing. After receiving her Master’s Degree in English Literature in 1997, she decided to make a career change and pursue a position in education. Ms. Green began working at the Posnack School in 1999, teaching middle school and high school English. She was instrumental in developing the High School English curriculum and created the High School’s AP English program. She also taught Legal Studies, US Government, and AP US Government until 2006 when she was promoted to the position of Principal of the Middle School. In 2010, Ms. Green received a grant from the Avi Chai foundation to participate in a summer leadership program at Principal’s Center at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In 2013, she became Principal of the Paul & Maggie Fischer High School. In addition to her other qualifications, Ms. Green holds an Advanced Specialist Degree from Florida State University in Educational Leadership.
Judaic Studies at Fischer High School
Strengthening the Connection
The Paul & Maggie Fischer High School Judaic Studies curriculum builds on the language skills and subject competencies established in the lower and middle grades. Reinforcing ahavat yisrael—commitment to the Jewish community and the State of Israel—is central to the Judaic studies curriculum. Alongside Hebrew instruction, students study Jewish sources, rabbinic literature, Jewish history and philosophy, and contemporary Jewish life. All Judaic studies instructors are certified by the Broward Central Agency for Jewish Education.
Students participate in Tefillah (prayer) daily. As a community day school, Fischer High hosts three minyan (prayer quorums) options each morning. Torah is read twice weekly and students learn parashat ha-shavua during Tefillah.
In the last years, the Posnack School has adopted an innovative Hebrew language curriculum developed by the school for students in grades 6-12. The Hebrew curriculum is linguistically sequential; texts and tasks increase in length and complexity as the student’s Hebrew improves. Each unit of study incorporates art, music, prose, poetry, news articles and Jewish texts, in layers of language ranging from biblical Hebrew to current scientific Hebrew terminology and common colloquialisms. All instructors are specially certified in the program.
Jewish history is incorporated in many aspects of the high school curriculum. In 10th grade, Posnack School students take part in mapping Jewish history from biblical times to the modern era. This offers students the opportunity to place contemporary events in their historical context and allows the students to see themselves in the long chain of Jewish tradition.
Tanach and Rabbinic Literature
In 9th grade, students study Tanach focusing on Neviim and ketuvim. Starting with the structure of the Tanach, students learn to read and compare biblical texts, recognizing primary interpretations. From 10th through 12th grade, students turn to the study of Mishnah before moving on to other rabbinic sources including Gemara, the Shulchan Aruch, and the Mishnah Torah. Jewish ethics, philosophy, law, and contemporary issues are examined through the lens of rabbinic thought.
Posnack School Israel Trip
One of the highlights of being a Fischer High School student is the opportunity to learn about Israel first-hand through our Study Program in Israel in conjunction with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. From the time our students begin at the Posnack School, they learn about the roots of the Jewish people, study the Hebrew language, and explore Israeli customs and traditions, including holiday celebrations. During their two weeks in Israel, our students have the chance to live all that they have learned by experiencing Israel chronologically, from biblical times to the present.
Their time in Israel is specifically selected to allow them to observe and to participate in Israeli commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron, and Israel Independence Day. Students visit Yad Vashem, stand in the streets as the siren sounds throughout the country, and celebrate Israel’s birthday in Haifa. Our students also interact and celebrate with Israeli students from Nesher, our sister city in Israel, whose relationship with our students starts in seventh grade when they work together on a common project called Shorashim.
Whether our students are climbing Masada, seeing the amazing laser light show over Jerusalem, smelling the preparations for Shabbat, hearing and speaking Hebrew in the streets, or tasting traditional Israeli delicacies, they get to feel Israel by using all five of their senses. For our students, this amazing experience is the seed of a growing relationship between them and Israel that will continue to grow and develop through high school and their adult life.
Moot Bet Din
Fischer High School competes in the national Moot Bet Din sponsored by RAVSAK (Jewish Community Day School Network). Using traditional sources, participating team members apply halakha (Jewish law) to contemporary situations. Each year, RAVSAK introduces a new case on a topic that has not been examined halakhicly.
Fischer High 11th graders have joined with counterparts at the Hillel Community Day School and the Shoshana Cardin School for Project ROPE (Ravsak Organization for Philanthropy Education), an elite program that gets students directly involved in Jewish philanthropy. The program is designed to raise awareness of need within the Jewish community and to provide Jewish young people with the skills to collaborate effectively on philanthropic projects.
Director of Judaic Studies
Meet Rabbi Robert Kaplan
Rabbi Robert Kaplan is Director of Judaic Studies at David Posnack Jewish Day School and Paul & Maggie Fischer High School where he leads the Judaic Studies team and oversees the Judaics curriculum. Rabbi Kaplan joined Posnack from the Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School, where he worked as a teacher, Judaic studies chair, and interim high school principal, among many other roles. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Rabbi Kaplan initiated and coached Hillel’s cross country team for 16 years, served as honor society advisor, Moot Beit Din team advisor, and IB mentor. He has taught Talmud and Bible at Florida International University, arranging for high school students taking his honors courses to receive college credit through the FIU dual-enrollment program. Rabbi Kaplan has a B.A. cum laude from Albright College and an M.Ed. in Policy, Governance and Administration from the University of Washington. He is a certified mohel and continues to serve the South Florida Jewish community in this capacity.
College Counseling at the High School
The College Counseling Process
Getting Ahead in a Competitive World
The road to college is an individual journey; each child has their own path. As the only Jewish K-12 college preparatory school in Broward County, the responsibility of preparing our students for successful and rewarding academic careers is a sacred duty to our students and their families. Working together with students and their parents, Posnack’s guidance and college counseling team helps students discover the schools that are right for them. This process begins in Middle School, with an introductory meeting with the college advisor in 8th grade. Students participate in individual and class meetings with the college advisor and the guidance team over the next 4 years.
College Success Starts with a Posnack Diploma
- 3 students from the Class of 2014 were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists
- Class of 2014 students garnered many awards and scholarships including: Nordstrom Scholarship, National Council of Jewish Women Scholarship, Ford Salute to Education, as well as a Silver Knight winner in Social Science and an Honorable Mention in Business
- 78% of Fischer High School’s Class of 2014 who applied to the University of Florida were accepted
- 98% of Fischer High School’s Class of 2013 qualified for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
- 100% of the Class of 2014 was accepted into 4-year colleges and universities
- Posnack graduates rank in the top 5% nationally
Click for the list of Posnack College and Post-Graduate Acceptances, 2002-2014.
Meet College Advisor Miriam Greener
Miriam Greener is the Director of College Counseling at the Posnack School. She has been a part of the Posnack School family for over a decade, teaching in the lower, middle, and high school divisions before joining the College Counseling Department. Ms. Greener graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Harvard University and went on to earn a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Simmons College. She has been an integral part of the College Counseling department at the High School since receiving her professional certificate in college counseling from UCLA in 2014. Ms. Greener has worked closely with students and parents on academic course selection, standardized test preparation, effective essay writing, and all aspects of the college application process. She has coordinated our college visit program and attended workshops with college admissions officers from Florida and around the country. Ms. Greener is the proud parent of a Posnack School graduate from the Class of 2016, as well as two students in the Class of 2019.
Preparing for Tomorrow’s Future
Posnack is a leader in the use of educational technologies to improve learning and engage students. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, offering teachers new ways to inspire learning and unleash creativity. In the middle and high schools, Posnack students participate in our One-to-One Tablet PC Program. This innovative program, which makes use of DyKnow interactive learning software, enables unprecedented levels of collaboration and participation.
Benefits of Posnack Technology Initiatives:
- Increases learning and participation in classroom
- Engages students to learn and understand material in ways familiar to them
- Increases project-based learning, supporting assignments requiring research, collaboration, and production of a final product such as slide shows, videos, podcasts, web pages, etc.
- Allows access to information, lessons, and assignments from anywhere in the world.