Thank you for your interest in Beit Rabban Day School! We’re so glad you’re here.
The admissions process is a critical moment in the life of your family. School is a place of achievement and growth, but it is also a place to call home. Throughout the year, we offer many opportunities for prospective families to deepen their understanding of our school through both in-person and virtual programming – and we hope to welcome you to Beit Rabban in the near future. Please email or send along an inquiry; we would welcome the chance to schedule an introductory conversation with you. You can also gain insight into our school community by following us on social media and subscribing to our weekly newsletter.
We know the application process can at times feel overwhelming, (particularly in New York!), and we are eager to help your family navigate that process at Beit Rabban.
Looking forward to getting to know you –
Rebecca Leicht, Director of Admissions
HOW TO APPLY
We get to know all families new to Beit Rabban through a virtual introductory conversation prior to scheduling an in-person tour.
We offer individualized tours every school day morning at or before 9AM, and we encourage you to join us at Beit Rabban! These tours are for parents only (there will be another chance for your child to join us).
Applications submitted by December 14, 2023 will be considered for our first admissions round; subsequent submissions will receive notifications at a later date. If applicable: should you have interest in tuition assistance, please submit a scholarship application along with your admissions application.
Please note: Applications are complete when all supporting documentation (recommendations, progress reports, IEPs and the like, if applicable) is submitted. Reference forms from your child’s current or former school can be automatically sent and received through our online system.
Families will be notified of the status of their application in early February, 2024. If applicable, families will also receive information about scholarship support at that time.
If you have already met with our admissions team, either virtually or in person, that will check this box. If not, we will ask to meet you to learn more about your family.
(PLAYDATES & INTERVIEWS)
Our admissions team meets with all prospective students once applications are complete. Gan and Kindergarten applicants will join us for a "playdate,” and 1st - 8th applicants will visit for an interview and grade-level assessment.
Enroll on or before February 23, 2024 to take advantage of our Early Bird enrollment discount. Our first round enrollment deadline is March 4, 2023. Rolling enrollment follows these dates.
GAN AND KINDERGARTEN APPLICANTS
APPLICANTS FOR GRADES 1-8
After meeting for an introductory conversation and once we have received your application materials, we require all applicants to 1st - 8th grade to attend a school visit (which you might think of as an interview, though we always aim for engagement and fun for the children that visit our school). The length of this visit will vary by grade and may include evaluations that will give us the opportunity to better know your child(ren).
After meeting for an introductory conversation and once we have received your application materials, we require all applicants to the Gan and Kindergarten to participate in a school observation. These take place in person, or, if necessary, via Zoom. We call this observation a playdate, and we aim for it to be fun for our prospective students. The visit will include developmentally appropriate structured and unstructured activities; these interactions (in addition to other application information) give us the opportunity to better know your children.
MORE ABOUT OUR INTERVIEW PROCESS
Please reach out directly to our Director of Admissions, Rebecca Leicht, who will guide you through your off-cycle admissions schedule. We are eager to welcome families into the admissions process at all points of the year should we have available space in your grade of interest.
If you have already met with our admissions team, either virtually or in person, that will check this box. If not, we will ask to meet you via Zoom to learn more about your family.
In addition to our application, it is vital that we receive any supporting documentation (recommendations, reports from other schools, evaluations, IEPs) to consider an application complete. If applicable, you will be able to send reference forms to your child’s current or former faculty automatically through our online system.
Our admissions team meets with all prospective Gan – 8th grade students once applications are complete. Gan - K applicants will have a "playdate," and 1st - 8th applicants will join us for an interview and assessment.
(PLAYDATE OR INTERVIEW)
Families will be notified of the status of their application as quickly as possible during off-cycle admissions. If applicable, families will also receive information about scholarship support at that time.
OFF-CYCLE ADMISSIONS Please reach out directly to our Director of Admissions, Rebecca Leicht, who will guide you through your off-cycle admissions schedule. We are eager to welcome families into the admissions process at all points of the year should we have available space in your grade of interest.
Like all things, we consider financing a Jewish day school education to be a partnership between our school and your family. Day school is an expensive proposition - our costs per child exceed the price of tuition. We also recognize that tuition is a challenge for many families. We address this challenge by offering families three tuition options: Full Tuition, The Affordability Initiative, and Scholarship Support.
GAN (Early Childhood)
12:30 PM Dismissal: $26,751
2:30 PM Dismissal: $29,821
KEVUTZOT (Elementary / Kindergarten - Fourth Grade)
CHATIVAH (Middle School / Fifth - Eighth Grade)
We are committed to making a Beit Rabban education accessible to all families. If you are unable to pay full tuition and the Affordability Initiative does not work for your family, we encourage you to apply for scholarship support. Scholarship support is allocated based on demonstrated need. We strive to make this process as simple as possible, with an absolute dedication to confidentiality.
Applying for Scholarship Support
FACTS Account: Visit FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment and either log-in or create a new FACTS account.
Submissions: Follow the instructions and submit all required financial information and documentation by December 14, 2023.
Determination: An anonymous Scholarship Committee reviews all applications, considering FACTS determination of need as well as a family’s explanations.
Scholarship Allocation: Families are informed of their scholarship allocation at the same time as they receive tuition contracts for the coming year. Admissions decisions are made independently, and are in no way influenced by a family’s financial resources.
Beit Rabban Day School is grateful for all contributions to our Scholarship Fund, and for the support of the UJA-Federation of New York, and the Rose Biller Day School Scholarship Fund.
Our Affordability Initiative option is designed for families at Beit Rabban with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $150,000 to $400,000, regardless of whether income is from salary or investments. To apply, please use this form.
Eligible families pay a total tuition of the higher of 15% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), regardless of the number of children in the school, or 62.5% of the total full tuition for each child at Beit Rabban. Families with access to income above this level are asked to cover the full cost of their children’s education.
To participate in the Affordability Initiative, please fill out our Affordability Initiative Commitment form by November 30, 2023 and submit that form with a non-refundable deposit check for 10% of the projected tuition (you can use current tuition rates to determine the amount of your deposit or contact our COO, Nicole Weiss, for help). In January, contracts will be generated for returning students and a second payment of 10% will be required to accompany the signed contract. After the initial deadline of November 30th, 2023, the minimum tuition will increase to 67.5%.
ADMISSIONS DATES & DEADLINES
SEPTEMBER 5, 2023
Introductory Conversations and Tours Begin
Please send along an inquiry form and we will be in touch to schedule your visit.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2023
K - 4th Grade Information Session
5th - 8th Grade Information Session
SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
Gan Families: Cafe Rabban – Coffee in the Sukkah
(Prospective Families Invited)
OCTOBER 5, 2023
Mah Rabu: Nature Program
(Gan & K Families)
OCTOBER 15, 2023
NOVEMBER 9, 2023
UWS Parlor Meeting
Affordability Initiative Applications Due
NOVEMBER 30, 2023
Avi Steinberg's Book Launch Party
DECEMBER 3, 2023
Chanukah Community Candlelighting
(Prospective Families Invited)
DECEMBER 11, 2023
First Round Applications Due
Scholarship Applications Due
DECEMBER 14, 2023
DECEMBER 18, 2023
Gan & Kindergarten Playdates
JANUARY 21, 2024
1st - 8th Applicant Interviews
JANUARY 31, 2024
1st - 8th Applicant Interviews
FEBRUARY 1, 2024
Parent Notification (First Round)
FEBRUARY 8, 2024
Early Bird Enrollment Deadline
FEBRUARY 23, 2024
Parent Reply Deadline (First Round)
MARCH 4, 2024
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Shira B’Tzibur Community Celebration
(Prospective Families Invited)
MARCH 14, 2024
Tentative: Mah Rabu Nature Walk
(Gan & K Families)
JUNE 2, 2024
To the extent possible, Beit Rabban coordinates its notification and reply deadlines with the dates established by the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY).
How old does my child have to be to start the Gan program?Children must be 3 by December 31st of the year they will enter our youngest Gan class to apply for our Early Childhood program.
What are school hours?Gan (Early Childhood Center): Arrival: 8:15 AM - 8:40 AM (Soft Start) Early Dismissal: 12:30 PM Regular Dismissal: 2:30 PM (1:30 PM on Fridays) Optional After-School Dismissal: 3:30 PM (M - Th) Kevutzot (K - 4th Grade): Arrival: 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM (Classes begin at 8:15 AM) Dismissal: 3:30 PM (1:30 PM on Fridays) Optional After-School Dismissal: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (M - Th) Chativah (5th – 8th Grade): Arrival: 8:00 AM - 8:05 AM (Tefillah begins at 8:10AM) Dismissal: 4:00 PM (M/T/Th), 3:30 PM (W) (1:30PM on Fridays) Optional After-School Dismissal: 5:00 PM (M/T/W/Th), 4:45PM (Th; Chidon HaTanakh) *Times subject to change before holidays and snow days. Please read the weekly newsletter and visit the school’s website and Facebook group for real-time announcements.
What is the after-school program schedule?Please view our After-School Programs Catalogue for more details. Gan (Early Childhood Program): 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (Monday – Thursday) Kevutzot (Elementary School K-4th Grades): 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Thursday) A classroom teacher provides supervision, snack and transitional activity between the end of the school day and the beginning of after-school programs. Chativah (Middle School 5th-8th Grades): 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM or 4:00 – 5:00 PM (Dependent on Program)
Does my child need to be out of diapers and using the bathroom before attending school?All Gan children should be “potty trained” by the start of school. If your child has not learned to use the toilet before the start of school, please speak with their teachers or reach out to us prior to the first day. Toilet learning should begin at home.
What are the age quidelines for entering Beit Rabban Day School?Children applying to the Gan (Early Childhood) must turn three by December 31st of the school year they enter; children entering Kindergarten should be five in September of the year they enter. We evaluate each child to determine readiness for school and use these evaluations to inform placement decisions.
What transportation is available?Free busing is available for most students, beginning in Kindergarten, through the New York City Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). Coordination of bus service takes into account the age of your child(ren), the distance from your home to the school, and the total number of students along your route. Beit Rabban offers an annual maximum $2000 per-child transportation subsidy – regardless of financial status – to families whose children are technically eligible for busing through OPT, but who are unable to secure OPT busing, either because they live outside the OPT catchment area and/or do not have a sufficiently large neighborhood cohort to trigger OPT busing. To qualify for this subsidy families must meet all the following criteria: Students must be enrolled in Kindergarten through 6th Grade (that is, of age to be eligible for OPT busing). Families should be outsourcing private transportation to and/or from school (that is, we do not subsidize families using their own transportation or public transportation). Subsidies per family may not exceed out of pocket costs. Please note: Families are encouraged to arrange shared transportation and combine subsidies. In order to participate, families must check in with the COO before the school year in order to confirm eligibility and set up a payment schedule. Because Gan (Early Childhood) students are not eligible for busing, families must arrange their own transportation to and from school. Please call us if you have questions or concerns about transportation. Our parent association strives to aid in organizing transportation whenever possible.
How many teachers are there in each classroom?Gan (Early Childhood Center): Beit Rabban invests in having two full time teachers in each Gan class. Our class sizes in the Gan generally have 8 to 13 children. Additional teachers rotate into the classroom throughout the school day, both for specials like art and music, and in particular at transition times when our Gan students may need more caregiver support. Kevutzot (K - 4th grade): Beit Rabban invests in having both full time teachers and learning specialists in our classes each year. Our class sizes in Kevutzot generally have 12-18 children. All of our Kevutzot classes divide into smaller learning groups regularly. Small group and individual instruction allows for differentiation, and additional teachers and learning specialists often rotate into our classrooms to facilitate differentiated learning. Chativah (5th - 8th grade) Beit Rabban offers specialized instruction in all subjects in our middle school, with one teacher in each class, in addition to regular cross-pollination between subjects and instructors when appropriate. Our Chativah also has a comprehensive mentorship/advisory program for our students.
What is your medical record and immunization policy?Medical Records: Parents must ensure that we have received their child's up-to-date medical records and emergency contact information form. Health records can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. This should include any information about allergies, illness and dietary needs. Each fall, the New York City Department of Health reviews and monitors all students’ immunization records. Vaccinations: Should you have questions regarding immunizations needed for entrance to school, please review required immunizations for New York City. Beit Rabban Day School does not accept religious exemptions for immunizations. COVID-19 Vaccination: All eligible staff members and students are encouraged to vaccinate once becoming eligible. The NYC Department of Health does not require immunization against COVID-19.
Beit Rabban students graduate with confidence in their own abilities, respect for the abilities of others, and a commitment to making a difference in the world around them.
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