Extra Curricular

Ezra Academy offers several extra curricular activities for students to get involved in.

MOCK TRIAL

This team takes one case and works on it for approximately three months. Team meetings will begin immediately after Succot (if not before). Six team members are assigned the job of lawyer, six team members are assigned the jobs of witnesses. We play in the courthouse in an actual courtroom with an attorney serving as our judge. Mock Trial meets once a week religiously until we get close to competition and then we meet twice a week and Sundays. If we move on past preliminary rounds we meet as often as we have time for.

MOOT COURT

This team meets once a week and competes twice a year. Each competition is a tournament where teams simulate the parts of lawyer, witness, and researcher. Each team plays three cases on the same day. No team sees the cases before the day of the tournament. Closer to competition (Usually March) this team will have Sunday meetings as well.

NATIONAL MOOT COURT

This team competes in Washington D.C. at the National High School Competition hosted by American University School of Law. Students are assigned a position as Petitioner or respondent and asked to prepare oral arguments to be presented on behalf of their given side in front of an appellate court (representing the US Supreme Court). Competition is on Friday and includes a shabbaton in Silver Spring, MD. The final rounds of Competition take place in Federal Court Building on Sunday.

EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING

Often seen as an extension of the debate team, this team asks members to speak about a random topic that is given to them 15 minutes before speaking at a competition. Practices are minimal and competitions are always held at debate tournaments.

FED CHALLENGE

Considered one of the hardest teams in school, this team is about economics. The team works hard examining economic indicators and then advises the Federal Reserve Board on how to make policy. The team meets at the Federal Reserve Bank and does a tour of the gold stored there. The team prepares their presentation in advance but must answer questions on the spot at the competition. Warning: if you are extremely intelligent you may be drafted to this team. This team competes only once a year (April) unless the team makes the semi- finals.

EURO CHALLENGE

Considered the other hardest team in school, this team examines the European Economic Community and the specific challenges of a country in the European Community. The team prepares their presentation in advance but must answer questions on the spot at the competition. Warning: if you are extremely intelligent you may be drafted to this team. This team competes only once a year (April) unless the team makes the semi- finals. 

DEBATE

This team participates in the most competitions of the year. Each tournament is a separate event with a new topic to argue about. Competitions take place as pairs of one school compete against a pair from a different school. Ample time is given for preparation. Practices are planned in conjunction with tournaments.

MODEL UN

This team meets at two events over the course of the year. One is a single day event in December. The other is a three day event in February. The three day event costs $300 and will include missing school. The team is assigned a country to represent and attends the event as delegates from that country on committees of the United Nations. The goal is have your position papers and motions passed and to find solutions to world wide challenges. Practices will depend on the motivation of the team.

FORENSIC SCIENCE

This team attends one major competition over the year. This team also costs close to $100 for that participation. The event is in late March or April. Practices will take place only in second semester. There are limited places on this team as all members of the forensics class are automatically on the team. The goal of the competition is to solve a murder mystery. 

MODEL CONGRESS

This team meets once a year. Each member must write their own Bill and attempt to have it passed by their committee. Limited practices exist for this competition but each member must write their own law and present it at committee.

STOCK MARKET GAME

Simulated stock game – you receive a portfolio with an imaginary $100, 000 and work hard to increase by the highest percentage of all teams participating. 

SPORTS

Boys and girls soccer and basketball.

For more information about Ezra Academy, contact us by clicking here, emailing us at principal@ezraacademy.org or calling 718-263-5500.


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