New Student Admissions Steps
Welcome to The Jewish Academy, South Florida's premier Jewish Day School and recipient of the School Choice Leadership Award for 2020. TJA is proud to be one of the fastest growing Jewish Schools in South Florida. We are fully enrolled for the 2020-2021 Academic Year with only a lottery to decide the few remaining seats. The hallmark of TJA is Top Quality Academics, Jewish Values, and warm family environment. We are truly grateful for your interest in joining the TJA family, and should this be the right fit for your child and if he or she is awarded one of the last remaining seats, it would be our greatest pleasure to partner together with you to build your child into a TJA superstar. Below are the admission steps to apply for the Jewish Academy:
BEFORE APPLYING FOR ADMISSIONS:
The Jewish Academy's admissions process is highly selective. Just as your child is precious to you, our children are precious to us. We have a rigorous process for selecting students to join our school and only those families/students who meet our high standards will be accepted.
In order to be considered for admissions to The Jewish Academy, families must obtain the following information from their previous school:
1. Report card/academic transcripts from the previous school year
2. Standardized test scores for the previous school year
3. Updated immunization/Health records
This information will need to be uploaded on the school Enrollment Form below.
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Step One: Fill Out Admissions Application
Parents must fill out the New Student Application Form in our Application Portal and pay an application fee of $100 per child. Families who do not win our Entrance Lottery will have their application fee refunded in full.
Step Two: If needed, Apply For Scholarships
It is our core belief that no family should be denied access to a Jewish school due to a lack of financial resources. The Jewish Academy supports families in applying for a number of Jewish Community and Non-Profit/Government Scholarships. Chinuch Yehudi, Oorah, and Nechomas Yisrael provides millions of dollars each year to support Jewish Familes from public schools who transition their children to a Jewish Day School. Jewish Academy parents also receive valuable support from a number of government/non-profit programs including Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK), Step-Up for Students, the McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, AAA Scholarship Foundation, and the Gardiner Scholarship programs. We also provide in-school tuition scholarships based on financial need.
Step Three: Academic Assessment & Entrance Interview
The Application Portal will include scheduling an Academic Assessment & entrance interview for your child(ren). The assessment window is from 9:00AM-1:00PM Monday-Thursday. The Math & Reading assessment takes appropriately three hours to complete with scheduled breaks. The entrance interview is conducted by our school Counselor, Jonathan Hirsch.
The Jewish Academy is a college preparatory academy with rigorous academic standards. Family is financially responsible for providing private tutoring if their child is below grade level as measured by our in house academic assessment.
Step Four: Sign Tuition Contract
Soon after families have filled out an Admissions Application and paid their registration fees, a Tuition Contract for the year will be emailed to them. This tution contract must be returned prior to our Admissions Lottery.
Step Five: Early Childhood Families Only
Before being admitted, all families must submit the Childcare Licensing & Enforcement Enrollment Form. In order to start this form, parents must have the following health documents:
Immunization record #680 - with valid expiration date and signature/stamp. Per the Florida Department of Health, "The Form DH 680, Florida Certification of Immunization, must be used to document receipt of immunizations required for entry and attendance in Florida schools, childcare facilities, and family daycare homes."
Statement of Good Health #3040- statement is good for two years.
For families applying for admissions to VPK, they must also upload a copy of their VPK Certificate to the Enrollment Forms. To apply for VPK, please go to https://familyservices.floridaearlylearning.com/Account/LogOn
All required documents should be uploaded to each student's application via the Form Center in the Application Portal. You must be in a students application to access the Form Center.
Due to a waitlist for admissions for the 2021-2022 School Year, entrance will be determined by a Lottery. Our 2021-2022 Open House will be announced shortly and all candidates are welcome to attend. After our Open House, we will release a list of winners of our 2021-2022 Selection Lottery on the Jewish Academy website.