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Jewish Day Schools in Decline

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Published: January 21, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 72

(56) abc, February 25, 2012 12:11 PM

Finances are the main reason

Jewish Day Schools are only for the rich. Even with financial aide, it is too expensive.

(55) Anonymous, February 6, 2012 3:06 AM

Everyone, please see reply to #15 way below.

There is a fabulous, new (2 year old), free Charter School, grades 7-12 that teaches Hebrew. No religion is taught there, so we do have to do that our own. But it has been so worth it.

(54) Samuel, January 31, 2012 11:23 PM

Make Aliyah

Simple: Get out of the comfy galus, and make aliyah already. Please.

(53) Anonymous, January 28, 2012 10:58 PM

Which report does Rabbi Solomon refer to? '08/'09 report from Avi Chai is quite positive.

The '08/'09 report from Avi Chai is quite positive and is the latest on their website. I quote: "• There were 228,174 students in Jewish elementary and secondary schools—the four-year-old level through grade 12—in the 2008-09 school year. This represents an increase of 23,000 or 11% from 2003-04, and an increase of more than 43,000 or nearly 25% since 1998-99. There continues to be significant growth in day school enrollment. • Orthodox day school enrollment continues to grow significantly—a 56% increase in Chassidic schools and a 34% increase in Yeshiva-world schools over the past ten years—in large part due to high fertility rates. • Community day schools continue to demonstrate growth, both in the number of schools—98 in 2008-09 as compared to 75 in 1998-99—and enrollment, which has grown by more than 40% over the past decade. Of note is the increase in Community day high schools, which generates a significant increase in the number of students in non-Orthodox high schools. • The difficulties facing the Conservative can be seen in the nearly 25% decrease in enrollment over the past ten years."

(52) Anonymous, January 27, 2012 3:51 AM

1. The education in some (maybe most..) of the jewish day schools is simply not as good as may be in other schools. 2. Parents might not like what their jewish day school is teaching their children

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