FAQ

We are looking forward to welcoming you, with your children, to religious school.  We wanted to take this moment to answer a few questions about updates for religious school families this year.   

Tuition

Our tuition structure reflects a comprehensive Jewish education package for children grades K-12 in a safe and secure environment with passionate and knowledgeable faculty. 

What is included in my tuition?

Developmentally appropriate Judaic and Hebrew classes, supplies, healthy snacks, family days, retreats, grade level Shabbat services, and free or highly subsidized youth group events. Depending on the grade, other experiences are also part of the program. For instance, two consecration ceremonies, B’nai Mitzvah ceremony, including meetings with clergy, 16 tutoring sessions, flowers on the bima, and security for the ceremony, confirmation and graduation ceremonies.

When can I register my child and how much is the tuition??

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! All families must be current in their financial obligations to the Temple to enroll. What was previously known as a Bat/Bar Mitzvah fee is now integrated into our tuition. Families will no longer receive an additional $1800 bill in the 6th or 7th grade. This year, to catch up and get everyone on the same rate moving forward, tuition will look higher than normal for 4th-7th grade, but will go down the next year.

Why is my tuition changing?

We are doing away with the B’nai Mitzvah Fee, so those costs are now integrated into our program fees throughout the years of the program.

I didn’t know there was a B’nai Mitzvah fee!

Yes, families used to receive an additional bill of $1800 when they reserved a date for their child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Most synagogues have a B’nai Mitzvah fee. In an effort to streamline our program, we are integrating it into our tuition structure.

  • Traditionally, families received an $1800 bill in the 6th or 7th grade year in addition to membership and tuition.
  • Our B’nai Mitzvah Fee will now be integrated within our tuition.
  • Any families who have already paid into the B’nai mitzvah fee will see it applied to this year’s tuition
  • The tuition itself is not increasing, in fact, it has gone down for K-2nd and 7th-8th!
  • This year the tuition is a bit higher for 4th-7th graders to catch everything up for the new system; it will go down next year.

Will it always be the price it is this year?

Next year, tuition for 4th-7th grade will go down. Inflation may bring other grades up slightly, as it does most years.

Can I pay tuition in installments?

There are several options for tuition payment. Families may pay by check, credit card or automatic bank withdrawal, and will be billed after the registration form is submitted. Families may pay their tuition in full or opt for an installment plan when enrolling (either 3 or 10 installments.)

When you register, you will be asked to choose one of the following payment options:

  • Credit card
  • Check
  • Automatic bank withdrawal

There is no longer a requirement to pay in full when registering for early bird tuition. Needs based scholarship requests are available to all families.

School Schedule/Options

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade                                                       

 Sunday Judaics (9:30-12:00 pm)

  • Beck (West Campus)
  • Schaefer (East Campus)                                                                  

3rd-6th Grade:                             

 Sunday Judaics (9:30-12:00pm)

  • Beck (West Campus)
  • Schaefer (East Campus)

 Weekly Hebrew Class                          

  • Beck, Tuesdays (4:30-6pm)
    * NEW TUESDAY TIME for  6th Graders only (6-8:30pm - Includes weekly dinner and a youth group activity every other week)
  • Beck, Wednesdays (4:30-6pm)
  • Beck, Thursdays, (4:30-6pm)
  • Schaefer, Sundays, 12:30-1:30pm (Lunch, 12-12:30pm, Additional $200 cost for this program)
  • Schaefer, Thursdays, (4:30-6pm)

7th-12th Grade

  • 7th -8th Grade- Every other Tuesday- 6:00-8:30pm (Includes dinner and Jr. BOFTY activity)
  • 9th, 11th, 12th Grade- Every other Tuesday- 6:00-8:30pm (Includes dinner and a BOFTY activity)
  • 10th Grade Confirmation- Every Tuesday- 6:00-8:30pm (Includes weekly dinner and BOFTY activity every other week)

BOFTY Membership (9th-12th Grade)               

  • $100 for enrolled Religious School students
  • $175 for unenrolled Religious School students
  • $275 for non-member participants

Religious School Dismissal

Helps keep our students safe and accounted for until returned to their guardians.

What does this mean on the Beck Family Campus?

Students will not be leaving the designated area in front of the Beck Family Campus until they are:
                a. called by a teacher
                b. walking with a parent who came to pick them up

What does this mean on the Schaefer Family Campus?

Students will not be leaving the designated area in front of the Schaefer Family Campus near the courtyard until they are walking with the guardian who came to pick them up.

How will my child know I'm in the carpool lane?

A faculty member will call your child’s name to come to your car. You will be asked to provide your child’s name and grade.

What if Iwant to walk in to pick up my child?

Great! Just be sure you and your child notify the teacher you are leaving. Please be sure to bring your badge!

What if I'd rather stand and wait outside (skp the badge)?

The same faculty member stationed outside can call for your child, if you don’t see them.

If I park, can my student come to my parking spot?

No, we are no longer allowing children to walk into the parking lot without an adult escort.

Can my child and I have an agreed upon meeting place outside of the gate so I can avoid the rush?

No, this would defeat the purpose of our making sure the students are all safe, walking through parking lots and into the general public of the shopping areas prevents Temple Beth El to maintain safety standards.  You may still park outside the gate and walk onto the campus to pick-up your child by the front doors; however, we will not allow children to walk away from the lobby area without an adult escort. 

Won’t this slow up the pick-up process?
At first, it may. However, the safety of our students is our priority and we appreciate your cooperation and patience as we better control our dismissal process.

What if I am a K-1 parent or I just want to walk in?
Please be sure to bring your badge or an ID to show our security officer and they will let you down to the classroom or onto the property.
 

Snacks

Students get hungry and a light nosh will help energize them as they learn. We’d like all students to have access to snacks that are nut free in the classrooms that we share with other programs during the week.

When do they get snacks?
Every Sunday, students will be provided a healthy snack during the second part of the morning to keep their energy up during religious school. For weekday Hebrew, a snack option will be available at some point during the class time.

What will the snacks be?
They will rotate every week, but they will be healthy, nut free and gluten free options will be available.

Can I provide snacks for my child’s class?
We appreciate the kind offer but we are going to have to pass. We are working on streamlining the food items that come into class so that we are allergy aware.

Does this mean I don’t have to feed my children breakfast on Sundays?!
No! It is still imperative that your children have a good breakfast before starting to learn at religious school. This is a light snack and not meant to be a meal replacement.

What will happen if my child shows up with food?
We realize that this is a change that can take some time getting used to, we’ll be happy to hold on to their food and return it on their way out at 12:00pm.  By October 8, we ask that they just not bring food in.