The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School of The Jewish Theological Seminary, JTS's high school program, was established in 1951 as the place for serious academic post–bar/bat mitzvah Jewish study in the New York metropolitan area. Since its inception, Ivry Prozdor has brought thousands of families into the world of JTS.
Ivry Prozdor offers a Jewish education for exceptionally motivated students who simultaneously attend independent or public full-time high schools. Usually, matriculating students are highly affiliated, with many attending Jewish summer camps, including Camp Ramah, and serving as active leaders in Jewish youth groups, such as United Synagogue Youth (USY).
Ivry Prozdor is a learning community whose members study great Judaic texts and examine issues of Jewish tradition and modernity. Most Ivry Prozdor students begin their studies in the eighth or ninth grade; however, students are welcome to join at any time during their high school years. Students can choose to have their Ivry Prozdor transcripts sent to the colleges to which they apply along with a letter of recommendation.
The academic program allows students to study traditional texts, consider philosophical issues, and develop fluency in Hebrew. At each grade level, students participate in interdisciplinary seminars and classes in Bible, rabbinics, and Jewish history. Students have the option of enrolling in intensive Hebrew courses and a Beit Midrash program, in addition to a full menu of elective courses.
Faculty members at Ivry Prozdor engage students in moral and ethical issues, helping them draw relevance and meaning from Jewish tradition. This training is intended to strengthen their understanding, appreciation, and love for Judaism as they begin to assume the responsibilities of adulthood.
Ivry Prozdor benefits from ongoing consultation and collaboration with the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. Most of the program's teachers have or are pursuing advanced degrees. Faculty members participate in regular workshops and meetings designed to promote fellowship and professional development. Ivry Prozdor receives ongoing support from the Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Life Monument Funds, Inc.; the Rabbi Max Routtenberg Student Enrichment Program; the Howard Rubin Scholarship Fund; and individual donations. In 1996, E. Billie Ivry, an honorary member of the Board of Trustees of JTS, endowed the Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School in perpetuity.