Choosing a Jewish day school education is a very important decision and we recognize that you are making an investment in your child and their Jewish education. STARR JDS recognizes that private school can be an expensive burden on many families. However, STARR JDS also acknowledges a strong sense of communal responsibility to make Jewish education accessible to those Jewish families who wish to provide a strong Jewish and secular background for their children.
Current STARR JDS families can make tuition payments via the form provided.
Learn more about our tuition structure below and contact us if you have any questions.
Registration Fee: $375 per student (early bird $200 before 3/19/21)
Tuition: $11,500 (*note that actual cost is between $12,000 & $15,000 per student)
PTO Fee: $50/per student, due by August 2, 2021.
“Give-or-Get”: Each family will solicit/contribute $750 in addition to tuition. Opportunities will be provided by the school in annual raffle and Matchathon fundraising events.
STARR JDS cannot offer additional subsidies beyond the Flexible Tuition Scholarship. In the case of extreme hardship an email may be sent to the tuition committee at tuitioncommittee(at)torahacademysa.com.
Parents must notify the STARR JDS office in writing if, at any time, they decide not to enroll their student or desire to withdraw their student from the School. If, at any time, after a signed tuition contract is delivered, parents decide not to enroll their student, the student’s enrollment is terminated by either the parents or the school, or the student is either voluntarily or involuntarily withdrawn from the school, the following will apply:
After August 1, 2021, family is not entitled to refund of any amount designated as non-refundable in the Tuition Contract, including registration fees and tuition deposits.
If military orders are issued or in the event of an emergency, a waiver may be given by the Board of Trustees.
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The TASA Program
At TASA, we offer multi-age classroom learning environments (kindergarten, as a transitional class from pre-K to elementary, remains a standalone classroom). While some parents worry about the demands on the teacher, and, to some extent, the students, we believe this type of classroom structure serves many benefits.
TASA is dedicated to providing Jewish children an education in limitless possibilities. Below is the TASA commitment and how we measure our standard of academic excellence for all of our students:
Critical Thinkers: An integrated Jewish and college preparatory education with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) principles
Confident and Involved: A commitment to Torah and its ethical and moral precepts and to the Jewish people.
Israel Ambassadors: The development of a spiritual bond with the Land and State of Israel.
Proud Americans: The dedication to our American heritage and achievement in contemporary society.
Respect is Foundational: The cultivation of respect for others, within a family oriented atmosphere.
Givers: The focus on community service as a responsibility.
Creative Doers: Embrace art, music, and theater as complimentary and necessary for a well-rounded education.
Love for Language: Hebrew, not just as Lashon Hakodesh (the holy language), but part of a united dual-language curriculum.
We believe that a strong partnership with parents is beneficial to the overall success of the student.
Your child’s teacher is readily available via email or phone and will periodically contact you through these channels to share updates about your child. Furthermore, our doors are always open and we welcome your input and involvement. As a school with favorable teacher-student ratios, your child will receive individualized attention based directly on your input and feedback throughout the year. TASA Parents are active partners in the success of our students and our school.
- Evening parent orientation
- Regular parent-teacher conferences
- Weekly school newsletters that include updates on various school programs, projects accomplishments, peer-to-peer interviews, and important parent reminders of school holidays and events.
- Skills-based report cards provided quarterly
- Weekly teacher notes and regular two-way parent-teacher communication
There is much research that supports this pedagogical approach to be effective. According to Ronald E Riggio Ph.D. with The Psychology Times (www.psychologytoday.com), below are his nine advantages of “combo” classes:
Research has shown there’s no difference in academic achievement between children in split classes versus straight grades. Split-grade students are less competitive with one another and more cooperative than students in same-grade classrooms.
Children learn at different paces. Blended classes offer a wider range of curricula across 2 grade levels.
Advanced students can be more easily challenged with higher-level material; struggling students can more easily return to earlier material.
Younger children gain self-confidence and maturity by being exposed to older students; older students learn to be positive, mature role models for the younger students. (Most children come from a home environment with siblings of different ages).
Children are carefully selected for blended classrooms; younger children are more mature and ready to “stretch”; older students have demonstrated a pattern of good behavior and social skills.
Some children will benefit by having the same teacher over two years, as the teacher comes to know the students’ abilities better. This is called “looping.”
Students in blended classrooms tend to take greater personal responsibility for their learning.
There is greater peer-to-peer learning in blended classrooms.
Students develop friendships across grade levels and blended classrooms instill a greater sense of responsibility for one another, and a better sense of community.