Freshman Seminar

JCHS is committed to fostering our students' growth and education as individuals throughout their high school experience. 
Our freshman seminar program helps students learn how to build relationships, make healthy decisions, manage stress, and improve executive functioning and study skills. 

As a regularly scheduled class that is team-taught by School Counselor Julie Beck, 9th & 10th Grade Dean of Students Michelle Matz, and Director of Educational Support Yael Krieger, the Freshman Seminar offer new students support in three key areas:

Dean Time: Students meet one-on-one with the Dean of Students Michelle Matz each week for a check in about any issues or concerns they may wish to discuss, academic or otherwise. 

Health and Wellness instruction: School Counselor Julie Beck covers topics such as healthy sleep habits, stress management, emotional awareness, mindful use of technology, sex education, and mental health education--important life skills that will continue to serve students throughout their JCHS years and well beyond.

Study Skills: Director of Educational Support Yael Krieger works with students to add to their arsenal of study skills, teaching techniques for time management, organization, and note taking. The class collaborates with other classes to help students develop their reading, writing, and research skills, while building awareness of academic integrity. 

In addition to putting emphasis on strategies that set students up for success, the Freshman Seminar program also provides an opportunity for the Student Support team to personally engage with every individual in the freshman class. The experience helps freshmen create a lasting relationship with these key JCHS professionals, so that students may feel comfortable using them as resources throughout their years at the high school.
Michelle Matz
co-Dean of Students
415.694.5772 x160
mmatz@jchsofthebay.org

Julie Beck, LCSW

School Counselor & Director of Advising
415.694.5772 x107
jbeck@jchsofthebay.org

Yael Krieger
Director of Educational Support
415.694.5772 x156
ykrieger@jchsofthebay.org
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.