Akiva Program for Students With No Day School Background
In any grade, Schechter Westchester welcomes students without a day school background into our Akiva program. Because Schechter Westchester is an inclusive Jewish environment, Akiva participants join all our students in experiencing a living Judaism, both in and out of the classroom.
How Does Akiva Work?
In the Lower School, incoming students in grades K-2 are simply integrated into their regular classes. In grades 3-5, Akiva students join a separate Judaic studies class. They learn basic Hebrew language skills that include conversation, reading, writing, and comprehension, as well as Chumash (Bible).
In the Middle School, Akiva students are typically in a separate Hebrew class while being integrated into regular Judaic studies classes, which are taught in English.
In the High School, Akiva students are in separate Hebrew, Tanach (Bible), and rabbinics classes.
Students remain in the Akiva program for as long as it serves their needs. Some students integrate into regular classes quickly; others continue to benefit for a longer period. We do what works for each student.
Please contact Lisa Bennett, Akiva coordinator, at 914-948-8333, ext. 8143 for additional information about the program.
Other Important Information
New students coming into our High School who are considering the Akiva program are eligible to apply for the Schechter Westchester Akiva Merit Scholar program, a full four-year tuition-free scholarship.