Frequently Asked Questions
Can a prospective student spend a day at Frankel Jewish Academy?
Yes! We encourage prospective students, and require student applicants, to spend a day shadowing a current student to get a better sense of the school environment, teachers and student community. We typically schedule our Shadow Visits on Mondays due to our block schedule. Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule your visit.
What are FJA's admissions requirements?
FJA seeks students who are capable of thriving in, and contributing to, a stimulating college preparatory academic program that encompasses a rich array of Jewish studies and experiential learning. Applicants for the 9th and 10th grades are required to submit an application, take the Admissions Test, furnish letters of recommendation, submit their transcripts, write a brief essay and participate in an admissions interview. Incoming 11th-grade students interested in matriculating are required to submit a complete application and school records, write a brief essay and participate in an admissions interview, but they are not required to take the Admissions Test.
What are the primary factors considered by FJA in reviewing applicants for admission?
There are four primary factors considered in the FJA admission process: 1) the student applicant’s academic ability, preparation and potential for future success in the FJA curriculum; 2) the applicant’s special interests and talents, and the prospects for the applicant contributing to Frankel Jewish Academy’s many extracurricular activities; 3) the applicant’s strength of character and enthusiasm for school and learning; and 4) the applicant’s interest and enthusiasm for the Hebrew and Jewish Studies curriculum.
An applicant’s academic ability, preparation and potential are assessed by review of the student’s academic record/transcript and the teacher recommendations submitted on the applicant’s behalf. These materials are supplemented by the performance on the Admissions Test or other required standardized tests, which in most cases is consistent with the student’s academic achievement in school to date. The applicant’s special interests and talents are reflected in the information contained in the Application for Admission, and are better understood by what is learned through the interview.
What if my child does not know Hebrew? Or is fluent in Hebrew?
No previous Hebrew or Jewish Studies background is required. FJA offers progressive levels of Hebrew classes, including an entry-level class in beginning Hebrew. Students learn how to read, write and speak Modern Hebrew, as well as deepen their familiarity with Israeli culture. Individual consideration is given to each of our incoming students as they are placed in Hebrew courses.
Does FJA offer financial aid?
In support of the school’s mission to educate students across the spectrum of the community, the Multi-Year Tuition Assistance Program makes it possible for qualified families who are unable to pay full tuition to send their children to the school.
Tuition assistance is determined for each family individually. For more information, visit our Tuition Assistance page.