ADMISSIONS

WELCOME FROM ADMISSIONS

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. This year, we are offering a hybrid of virtual and in-person programming; tour registration has begun, and we hope to welcome you to Beit Rabban in the near future. Please email or call with questions or to schedule an introductory conversation with us. You can also gain insight into our school by following us on social media or subscribing to our weekly newsletter.

 

We know the application process can at times feel overwhelming, and we are eager to help you navigate that process. 

Welcome home,

 

Rebecca Leicht, Interim Director of Admissions

rleicht@beitrabban.org

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2021:

Waterfall Walk in Central Park

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2021:

Teachable Safety Skills: Community Child Safety Workshop

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2021:

Gan & Elementary Open House 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021:

Beit Rabban Parent Panel

Please RSVP to our admissions events by emailing admissions@beitrabban.org or calling us at 212-595-1386.

 

HOW TO APPLY

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Submit your application. Completed Applications Due by January 4, 2022. (Inclusive of all components)

APPLICATION

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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 for an interview.

PARENT INTERVIEW

Gan and Kindergarten Applicants


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. This observation, which we call a “play date,” (and might be considered an interview if a student was older) will include developmentally appropriate structured and unstructured activities. These interactions (in addition to other application information) give us the opportunity to observe and get to know your child(ren).




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).





TUITION 2020-2021

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
Early Childhood (12:30 Dismissal)

$27,309
$24,497

KEVUTZOT

Elementary (K - Third Grade)
Elementary (Fourth Grade)

$34,231
$35,268

CHATIVAH

Middle School (Fifth  - Eighth Grade)

$35,268

 

 TUITION OPTIONS

AFFORDABILITY INITATIVE


Our Affordability Initiative option is designed for families with multiple children at Beit Rabban with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $180,000 to $400,000, regardless of whether income is from salary or investments. 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, 2021 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 November 30, 2021, the minimum tuition will increase to 67.5%.




SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT


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 and kavod. Applying for Scholarship Support:

  1. FACTS Account: Visit FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment and either log-in or create a new FACTS account.
  2. Submissions: Follow the instructions and submit all required financial information and documentation by December 15, 2021.
  3. 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.




FULL TUITION






ADMISSIONS DEADLINES

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

SEPTEMBER 10, 2021

NOVEMBER 30, 2021

DECEMBER 15, 2021

DECEMBER 15, 2021

JANUARY 4, 2022

JANUARY 9, 2022

JANUARY 4 - 28, 2022

Virtual Introductory Conversations and Tours Begin 

We look forward to meeting you via Zoom for an introductory conversation. We are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9AM to 12PM, and on Fridays from 9AM - 11AM. You can schedule your conversation here, or email admissions@beitrabban.org.

Affordability Initiative Application Due Date

(for families with two or more students applying to BRDS)

Scholarship Application Due Date

Preliminary Applications Due

(Please begin our application by this date!)

Completed Applications Due (Inclusive of all components)

Preschool & Kindergarten Admissions Play Dates

(Virtual) School Visits for Grade 1-8 Applicants

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).

 
 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS 

We invite you to get to know Beit Rabban by joining our public programs. These events are opportunities to meet current Beit Rabban families and teachers and to get a better sense of education and culture. We look forward to welcoming you!

Sunday, October 17
Sunday, October 17

Join us to get a taste of our Nursery – Kindergarten program! Journey with Beit Rabban educators on a sensory walk through Central Park's beautiful North Woods. RSVP: admissions@beitrabban.org

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Tuesday, October 26
Tuesday, October 26

Tuesday, October 26th @ 8PM on Zoom ----------------------------------------------------------- Parents, grandparents and other caregivers will come away knowing how to educate youth on safety concerns in a positive way (and with specific details about those concerns). Beit Rabban prioritizes candid conversations and we invite you to better understand our approach to community engagement through this important conversation. Join us as we learn from Alison Feigh, Director of the Jacob Wetterling

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Thursday, November 4
Thursday, November 4

Join us to learn about the deep and joyful education in our preschool – eighth grade program. RSVP: admissions@beitrabban.org ZOOM link upon RSVP

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ADMISSION FAQs

What are school hours?


Gan (Early Childhood Center): Arrival: 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM (Soft Start) Early Dismissal: 12:30 PM Regular Dismissal: 2:00 PM (1:30 PM on Fridays) Optional After-School Activities (M-Th): Parents can opt for dismissal at either 3:30 PM or 4:00 PM. Kevutzot (Elementary School): Start: 8:15 AM Dismissal: 3:30 PM (1:30 PM on Fridays) Optional After-School Activities: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (Monday - Thursday) Chativah (Middle School): Regular program: 8:15am – 3:30pm (1:30pm on Fridays) 5th - 8th Grade have late days 2 days a week until 4:15 PM. Optional after-school activities: 3:30-5:00 (Monday - Thursday) *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 – 3:30/4:00 PM (Monday – Thursday) Kevutzot (Elementary School K-4th Grades): 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM (Monday – Thursday) Chativah (Middle School 5th-8th Grades):
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM or 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Dependent on Program) A classroom teacher provides supervision, snack and transitional activity between the end of the school day and the beginning of after-school programs.




Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend school?


We expect all Gan children to have learned to use the toilet by the start of school. We encourage parents of children who are new to toilet learning to speak with teachers at the start of the school year to discuss ways to support this process. Our teachers partner with parents and children to help Gan students adjust to school, While children are adjusting to school it may be appropriate for them to wear pull-ups at school (and specifically during rest time).




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. 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?


​​Beit Rabban invests in having two teachers per Gan/Kevutzot class all day long, rather than having separate groups of Judaic studies educators and secular studies educators who flip midday to teach two different classes each. Gan (Early Childhood Center): Ages 2.8-4: Two full time teachers per class Age 4-5: Two full-time teachers per 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): Two full time teachers per class Our class sizes in K-4th grade 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 often rotate into our classrooms to facilitate differentiated learning. All Kevutzot and Chativah classes divide into smaller learning groups at various times throughout the day. Differentiation allows for more small group and individual instruction.




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. 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 required to vaccinate within 60 days of becoming eligible for vaccination.




How old does my child have to be to start the Gan program?


Children must be 3 by December 31, 2022 to apply for our Early Childhood program.





 

OUR GRADUATES

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.

High Schools

  • Bronx Science High School

  • Dwight-Englewood School

  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School

  • The Heschel School

  • Professional Children's School

  • The Ramaz School

  • SAR High School

  • Stuyvesant High School

Colleges

  • Barnard College

  • Columbia University

  • Cornell University

  • CUNY Queens College

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • Harvard University

  • IDC Herzliya

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • McGill University

  • Muhlenberg College

  • New York University

  • Rutgers University

  • Princeton University

  • School of Visual Arts

  • Smith College 

  • SUNY Albany

  • University of Chicago

  • University of Manchester (UK)

  • University of Melbourne 

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • Yale University

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“Twenty years later, I still feel the tremendous influence of Beit Rabban in my life -- in my love of learning, my passion for community service, and my strong Jewish identity. So much of my life today is shaped by my years at Beit Rabban.”

Shai Akabas, BRDS Class of 1997 and current Board Member