Day Schools

The Tuition Crisis At 20: What Now?

06/20/2016 - 16:24
Special To The Jewish Week
  • “Day schools ... are having trouble paying their bills. The problem is, the predominant sources of their income — parents — are having even more trouble keeping up with rising tuitions.”
  • “The Jewish community has virtually disowned those of us of moderate income.”
  • “It has been said, only partly in jest, that the high cost of day school education promotes birth control.”
Jeff Kiderman

Where Are Day Schools On Accelerated Kindergarten?

Educators tack to middle amid backlash, stress individualized learning.

06/01/2016 - 08:12
Deputy Managing Editor

At Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, above, kids are taught to figure things out through collaboration.  Michael Datikash/JW

In January, a University of Virginia study came out confirming what parents and teachers had been noticing for years: that kindergarten today is more about reading and writing than about dress-up and pretend play.

Day Schools Should Emphasize Secular Education

05/24/2016 - 12:38
Special To The Jewish Week

Note: Following is an excerpt from remarks delivered at the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala in April.

What I’m about to say may seem provocative and critical of the day school world, and even your work, but I hope that you understand that my words come from Ahavat Yisrael [love of Jews].

Michael Steinhardt

Opinion: The Case For Day Schools

Their finances should be our first priority.

06/16/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The cost of Jewish day school education is a major topic of conversation within the Jewish community for two obvious reasons: Tuition is expensive — in some cases prohibitive — and there is a strong belief that day school education is a critical component of Jewish communal survival. It has proven effective in producing engaged, knowledgeable, and in-married adult participants in the Jewish community.

Edieal Pinker

To Be Inclusive Or Not To Be Inclusive: It Shouldn't Even Be A Question

Editor's Note: Last spring we shared a blog about the Shefa School written by Director Yoni Schwab.

I just opened an e-mail inviting me to this year’s GISHA conference for Jewish educators entitled “Excellence in Inclusion.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, GISHA is a well-known educational conference that is held and organized by the Center for Jewish Special Education at Boston's Hebrew College.  When I read the title I happily thought to myself,  “Yay! A Jewish educators conference focusing on inclusion of kids with disabilities.“ Then I read that the keynote is entitled “To Be Inclusive or Not To Be That Is The Question - Inclusion in Jewish Education, Making it Work and Recognizing When it Doesn’t.” The address is to be given by the Assistant Head of a new Jewish school in Manhattan for children with language-based learning disabilities.

When Universal Pre-K Is Not Universal

02/11/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.”

That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor's pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York City — regardless of background, religion, or socio-economic status — signaled an exciting and visionary approach to early childhood education for all New York preschoolers.

Cultivating A Secret Resource: Parents

Schools finding that the single most effective tactic for increasing enrollment is something only parents can deliver.

05/13/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Rhonda Rose enrolled her twin toddlers at Beit Rabban Day School last year, she jumped in with both feet.

Before the school year even started, she was discussing ideas with the Upper West Side school’s marketing director, promoting the school on Facebook and writing articles about it for a day school parent website.

Rhonda Rose, left, at work in her twin sons’ pre-K class at Beit Rabban. Michael Daitikash/JW

Private Schools Get A Subcommittee

What Orthodox councilman’s new body can — and can’t — achieve for day schools.

01/23/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Private schools now have their own City Council subcommittee, chaired by an Orthodox councilman from Midwood.

There’s no doubt Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s subcommittee will give private schools of all stripes more attention at City Hall. But it’s not clear that will translate into cold hard cash.

Private schools now have their own subcommittee on the City Council. Photo courtesy of Mazel Day School

Orthodox Councilman To Chair New Subcommittee On Private Schools

Newly elected Chaim Deutsch called the subcommittee’s creation “overdue.”

01/21/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Day schools just got a leg up at City Hall.

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