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Kehillah Schechter Academy

Private | PK-8 | 165 students

Our school is best known for helping each and every student excel.
 
 

 
 

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Posted May 7, 2014

As an alum (the only one here so far), this school was a mixed experience. It had very nice staff, and I received a lot of personal attention and help when needed. Most of the teachers were very friendly, and the other kids were very nice. However, I didn't like the constant flood of religious activities we had to do, and some (not all) of the teachers weren't very tolerant of some views I expressed when they conflicted with the school's Jewish and Zionist curriculum. This is by no means saying that the school tries to suppress views that disagree with theirs as a general policy, but some teachers don't allow a full and constructive dialogue in the classroom at times, mostly during religious classes, or when discussing topics like Israel and expressing views that the teacher didn't agree with, or that goes contrary to the school's teachings. I would recommend this school if your child will proceed to a Jewish high school, or enjoys religious activities, but not if your child doesn't want a Jewish education, or hasn't gone to a Jewish school before.


Posted April 7, 2014

I must preface my review with a declarative sentence. I have high standards and was looking for an alternative to the cookie cutter education prevalent in public and private schools. The world is updating faster than textbooks are being written. The question I was looking to be answered was how will my children fit into the world they choose after college. I did not want boring to be viewed as accepting for their elementary years. I am not looking for the traditional classroom, teacher in front of blackboard, students in row after row of eyeballs trained to look interested, all the while their minds questioning "Why am I learning this?" KSA appears to be on the cusp on innovative thinking. The Heads of School are a scientist and a forward thinking Rabbi. Rereading this statement gave me pause to smile. Sounds like an odd combination, but again, I am looking for an out of the ordinary educational experience for my youngsters. The environment is certainly friendly, and I could feel comfortable leaving my children for the day. The classes are small- and something my family was looking for. Individualized learning is KSA's mantra, and I believe my children's needs would be served!


Posted April 7, 2014

This is a wonderful place where children with learning difficulties, or emotional/behavioral issues are accommodated with individualized instruction and assistance. The staff is very dedicated to working with each child and giving them all the resources needed for success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 13, 2014

Kehillah Schechter Academy is as unique as it is amazingly awe inspiring. As any private school should be the education is top notch, as well as judaics. The difference though, it is the same wonderful education FOR ALL STUDENTS..they teach the WHOLE CHILD, as every child learns differently, each has the chance to be taught to their personal learning style..every student, not just the ones who need a little something extra. This is empowering to all students, young and old. It is also part of the piece that makes the school extra special..it has all the skills and style educationally of a private jewish day school but what puts it over the edge comes from that happiness, and joy from all the empowered students, compassionate teachers, they come together and create this amazing space to be in... which extends well beyond the classroom... you can feel it in the gym..on the playground, after school at dismissal...and the feeling extends home.... on playdates, we hear words and phrases watching our kids and their friends interacting with each in such a special way..almost as family... and thats what id say the big thing that makes KSA so special... its like one big fantastic family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

KSA is a school like no other. The philosophy combining a perfect balance of secular, modern general education and Jewish studies and Hebrew are just the right mix for preparing children for the real world and higher learning. I am particularly impressed with the warmth and caring for our children. They truly care about each and every child as an individual and find ways to meet every child's needs, with extra help for some ande extra challenging projects for others. I love the feeling of community and family and I know that all teachers are educating my child, not just her own home room teachers. I cannot imagine any other school for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Kehillah Schechter Academy strives to deepen and broaden the educational experience by crafting skill-based, personalized goals for each student, encouraging collaboration through experiential learning and inspiring excellence in both education and Jewish living. Our goal is to inspire and empower our students to become thoughtful, collaborative, compassionate Jewish learners who skillfully solve problems, resolve conflict and excel as Jewish citizens of the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

KSA is a very special place with dedicated teachers & administrators. At one point all 3 of our kids were there. They are dramatically improving the school's curriculum, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Kehillah Schechter Academy (KSA) strives to empower students of all ages to excel academically, socially and personally. As class sizes are relatively small, each student gets exceptionally individualized attention with personalized learning goals that address communication, social reasoning, empirical reasoning, quantitative reasoning and personal reasoning. Habits of mind that allow students to become resourceful, independent learners are continually embedded in lessons across the curriculum. As a parent, I am constantly amazed by the enthusiasm and care offered by all teachers and administrators. KSA is a fabulous school that provides a warm and caring environment complemented by high academic standards. I highly recommend KSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

My school is a warm caring community where the whole child is nurtured. I love that Jewish values are integrated into every aspect of the school community - from science to literacy, to arts and engineering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I highly recommend Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, MA for any family looking for an outstanding, personalized approach to education. My children are in kindergarten and first grade. I am amazed by the individualized attention they receive and how much they learn each day. You must check out this school! Come join us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

KSA is an incredible school which is dedicated to individualized learning for each and every child in the school. They don't imply give lip service to the diversity of learners, they embody it in everything they do, from science to judaic studies to music and lunchtime. It is an extraordinary place with engaging, inspired co-heads of school. We have sent our kids there for years, and still have quite a few to go. We never looked back after our decision to send our kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

Choosing to send your children to KSA is a gift you give to them, and a gift you give to your whole family. Kehillah Schecter Academy (KSA) is a K-12 Jewish day school serving families in Greater Boston and Rhode Island. While formerly affiliated with the Conservative Movement of Judaism, KSA boasts a diverse student population with families who identify across the Jewish religious and cultural spectrum. My family is a committed Reform family, and we have always felt 100% at home at KSA. Two years ago KSA underwent a leadership change. Our co-heads of school have transformed KSA. KSA offers a vibrant, joyful, academically rigorous and innovative program. Our family is blessed to be a KSA family. We'd love for your family to join us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

Kehillah Schechter Academy (KSA) is a hidden gem of a Jewish Day School. It is not everyday that one can find such a high level of dedication from the teachers. At KSA the teachers really know your child. They create individualized goals and communicate those goals with the parents. The class size lends itself to the warm and nurturing environment. I would definitely send my child to KSA - oh right, I already do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2013

Kehillah Schechter Academy is truly one of a kind. With visionary leadership, a dedicated staff and an innovative and personalized program of education, KSA helps every single student excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

What a find! The teachers, staff and students here constitute a real community, one that is both nurturing and open. On the whole, teachers and staff are responsive. The school is also academically excellent for a range of abilities and learning styles. I had given up on Jewish day school education before our family found this jewel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

Few schools demonstrate the child-centric, inclusive and differentiated educational approach as well as SASSDS, even fewer within the Jewish day school environment. Teachers are constantly seeking to become better at teaching and, consequently, students feel nurtured and challenged to do their best. This school is attracting an incredibly diverse population and is proof that inclusiveness and effective differentiated learning actually enhance the overall educational experience. As an experienced educator myself, I hope more day schools learn from the SASSDS example.


Posted March 7, 2006

This is a phenomenal school on all levels. Both the secular and Judaic curricula are top-notch. There is a new math and science curriculum. They are serious about being inclusive of kids with special needs. In the fall of 2007, the school will move to a beautiful new facility, conveniently located off Rte. 1 in Norwood.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 99% 69%
Asian 1% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 15%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Rabbi David Paskin & Dr. Nitzan Resnick
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Jewish
Associations
  • SSDS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Personalized Learning
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Cooking club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • KSA strives to deepen and broaden the educational experience by crafting skill-based, personalized goals for each student, encouraging collaboration through experiential learning and inspiring excellence in both education and Jewish living. Our goal is to inspire and empower our students to become thoughtful, collaborative, compassionate Jewish learners who skillfully solve problems, resolve conflict and excel as Jewish citizens of the world.
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
SHAS Preschoool
JCC Preschool

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$14000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Gann Academy
Sharon High School
Needham High School
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One Commerce Way
Norwood, MA 02062
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Phone: (781) 769-5555

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