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Hebrew Academy - Karen's Musings
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Hebrew Academy
That sounds so pretentious: Hebrew Academy. But it looks like we'll be sending our monster to "the Academy" next year. If you could hear the fake-snooty voice I'm using saying "The Academy" you'd probably be laughing. Yes, even you in the back, you stone-faced, humorless android, you.

Anyway, right. Seth and I went to the HA yesterday to talk to the admissions director and take a tour of the school. Having gone to public school, and not your standard-run-of-the-mill schools, at that, I find it hard to have a measuring stick with which to measure my impression of the school. But it's pleasant. They have a separate wing of the school for the preschool kids, so that's pretty nifty. The idea of sending my kid to the same school from 2 years old through Sr. year of high school is a little weird, though. Not in a bad way, necessarily, but in an unfamiliar way. The admissions director kept pointing out the advantages to having such a large school (usually referring to resources at their disposal). Large? How many students are there? Oh, a little over 700 from nursery school through 12th grade. Um. There were more than that in my freshman class of high school alone. Wow. Total change of perspective. I'm not saying that there aren't advantages to small schools. I'm sure there are abundant advantages. It's just a new thing to get used to is all.

And OY! The sticker shock! Whew!

That is all for now.

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kmelion From: kmelion Date: July 26th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
ok, so maybe I missed a post but..I thought Julian was probably going back to his bio-mom...?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 26th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
We realized that even if Julian's mom comes back in September and says "give him back" it will take months for her to get it together. She has to petition the court to vacate the guardianship order, and we'd counterpetition and so on. Note: we wouldn't counter petition if, you know, she'd done the things she was supposed to do to be a fit parent...like get a job. Since the people we share a nanny with are looking for an au pair because they are expecting another baby in November, we will be child-care-less. For a variety of reasons, I don't want to look for another nanny (we won't have someone to share costs with, Julian will get less socialization, I think I don't deal well with people being in my house when I'm not there, and so on). Julian works really well in a structured environment, so pre-school is ideal. Except that it's expensive. And far away (which is to say, the opposite direction of either of our commutes).
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 26th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, too bad you are not of the Torah School mindset if only for its location. It is insanely expensive and only gets more so as the kids get older. It is a fabulous investment in is future!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 26th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even with the Torah School mindset (which I won't completely rule out until I see what my children grow up to be like), they don't have a preschool. Their tuition is on par with MJBHA, though. Bleh.

This whole picking a school thing is seriously intimidating. I feel like I'm screwing him up for life if I pick the wrong preschool. Fortunately, his preschool doesn't determine his elementary school. So we'll see where this goes.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 26th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the tuition is about the same, so it's just a matter of choice. How are you going to get him back and forth-carpool?
kmelion From: kmelion Date: July 27th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
The high cost of sending the girls to Yeshiva was one of the reasons that prompted us to move to Israel.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 27th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Is it free there?
kmelion From: kmelion Date: July 27th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
not free, but minimal. First through eighth is anywhere between 100 NIS to 300 NIS a month, depending on where the kids go, where you live and what trips are going on that month. High school runs about 15,000 NIS a year and up.

When we made Aliyah, we were looking at about $10,000 to send one child to first grade and a second to pre-1A. And each year or so, the tuition was just going to get higher.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're looking at $10K for a 2 year old nursery school program... so feel good! (then again, if I paid $250/week for day care for 10 months, it'd still be $10K, and day care is generally more than that... we currently pay $325/week)
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 27th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am ignorant--what does 15,000 NIS translate into American dollars?
kmelion From: kmelion Date: July 28th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
In the past 8 years (since I've been here), it's fluctuated between 4.2 and 4.56 NIS = US$1.

It's currently at 4.56 now.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 28th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Good Shabbos to you!
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: July 26th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are not screwing him up for life if you pick the wrong preschool. As long as it is accredited, clean, run by decent people, he should be OK.
It's not like you're going to send him to Running With Scissors Day Care and Taxidermy Shoppe.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: July 27th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, I hear good things about RWSDC&TS - their rates are apparently very competitive.
leahmiriam From: leahmiriam Date: July 27th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"Running With Scissors Day Care"

That would be my house with my husband running things :)
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leftyjew From: leftyjew Date: July 26th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
if it makes you feel any better/less pretentious/more harry potter, most people i know who graduated from there call it HAGWash (pronounced hogwash) - Hebrew Academy of Greater WASHington.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 26th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
that's funny.
leftyjew From: leftyjew Date: July 26th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
But congratulations on getting Julian into there!
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: July 26th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha ha! I'm having a good time picturing little Julien on a big tractor saying, "I'm a graduate of the Academy" in this really snooty voice.:)
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 26th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't give him any ideas.
galads_forest From: galads_forest Date: July 27th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I teach at the (Hamilton) Hebrew Academy. Trust me, it's nothing to be snooty about. Mind you it's not like there are so many options around here. And I'm sure they are not associated in any way. Just felt like sharing!

Oh, and I've had Chana in our pre-nursery program since December. It's great for her. She loves the kids and she knows davening songs and how to share and a whole bunch of other nifty things. Mind you I was her teacher for 1/4 of the day, but the full time teacher (and I'm not teaching in there next year) is amazing. A good school environment = happy kid!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: July 27th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)

scale


By way of comparison, Jamie's primary school (K-6) has 168 students. That's larger than the (country) primary school I went to, but in the city that's a very small school. From recollection, my (country) high school (in Aus., that's 7-12) had something over 800 when I was in year 9 (my primary school was local - a longish walk away - the high school was about 14 miles away, and drew on many towns and rural communities. That was big for a country school at the time, but not at all unusual in the cities. It has considerably fewer now, I believe.

On the whole I think we tend to much smaller schools than the US, but 700 students for pre-K to 12 in The Academy doesn't sound all that big.



estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: scale

yeah, it's not big, but for a Jewish Orthodox Day School, it's actuallly quite large. There's a definte advantage to small schools, but I don't think large schools are necessarily bad either, to be honest. So the size isn't a big factor for me, I just think it's hysterical that a key point for them is what a large school they are!
From: have_inner_lady Date: July 27th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
The pretentiousness of "The Academy" has a nice balance with the silliness of "The HA".

HA. Ha-ha. The HA.

I knew a girl once who was named Ha. I didn't mean to knock her over with that big bag of pillows, but I sure did. Repeatedly.

I'm so HAing exhausted. Sorry I'm not making any sense. I just thought it was funny.

I go now.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 27th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes, m'dear, you are a freak! :)
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