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Salanter Akiba Riverdale High School (SAR High School) is a Modern Orthodox Jewish private yeshiva in Riverdale, New York City. It was founded in 2003 by Rabbi Naftali (Tully) Harcsztark. The school is affiliated with SAR Academy, which is also in Riverdale, Bronx, New York City and a little over half of the students attending SAR High School come from the Academy. The high school's founding and current Principal is Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, who has guided the creation of the school, both in terms of philosophy and structure, since the planning stages.

Salanter Akiba of Riverdale High School
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503 West 259th Street

United States
Coordinates40°54′26″N 73°54′16″W / 40.90722°N 73.90444°W / 40.90722; -73.90444Coordinates: 40°54′26″N 73°54′16″W / 40.90722°N 73.90444°W / 40.90722; -73.90444
TypePrivate high school
MottoIt’s not what you learn, it’s who you become
LocaleResidential area
PrincipalRabbi Naftali Harcsztark
Faculty117.0 FTEs[1]
Enrollment536 (as of 2013-14)[1]
Student to teacher ratio4.6:1[1]
School color(s)Green, Red & White
Team nameSting
NewspaperThe Buzz

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 536 students and 117.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 4.6:1.


Extracurricular activitiesEdit

SAR High School, while only in its twelfth year, already has over 100 co-curricular activities. Students have the opportunity to contribute to a wide variety of publications including Ruach Searah, the Dvar Torah newsletter; The Buzz, the official school newspaper; The Science Journal; Math Mag, an award-winning publication; the literary journal, Euphrates; The Israel Activism Committee's HaOketz covering Israel current events; "House Divided," the first student run publication dedicated to political and historical dialogue; SARcasm, the school satire magazine, and the Global Awareness and Action Committee's (GAAC) publication. Clubs include Model United Nations, Debate, Mock Trial, College Bowl, and countless others. SAR also has many charity clubs, including the Cookies For A Cause Club, which has won multiple grants and awards, including the Optimum Charity Champions grant in 2015. In 2019, SAR’s Economics Club won the National Championships in the Personal Finance Challenge, beating over 18,000 other students nationwide.[2]


All of SAR's teams are members of the Yeshiva High School Athletic League, which is composed of many of the Jewish day schools throughout the New York metropolitan area.

The SAR teams are: JV Boys Softball, V Girls Softball, led by Hecht legends Jessica, Sophie, and Lucy, V Boys Hockey, V Girls Hockey, V Boys Soccer, V Girls Soccer, JV Girls Soccer, JV Boys soccer, JV Boys Basketball, V Boys Basketball, V Girls Volleyball, JV Girls Volleyball, V Boys Volleyball, V Boys Baseball, Boys and Girls Track, V Boys Tennis, Chess Team, Boys Varsity Bowling Team, and the V Boys Wrestling team. The bowling team was disbanded after Rabbi Shmuel Hain protested the league's requirements for separate Boy's and Girl's teams. SAR's College Bowl team was featured in the 2012-2013 season of MSG Varsity's the Challenge. They were the Bronx/Brooklyn champions but lost in the following round. SAR also has a Fencing Team that competes once a year with other Jewish Yeshivas.


  1. ^ a b c School data for SAR High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "SAR students win national finance challenge". The Riverdale Press. Retrieved 2019-06-14.

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