How to Apply

Applying to Denver Jewish Day School

 

Applications for admission to Denver Jewish Day School are accepted beginning in September for the following academic year and are due on February 15.

 

To help guide you, we have outlined the steps of the application process so you are better prepared for what to expect. The process differs slightly by division.

 

LOWER DIVISION (K-5) APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: Inquire

Complete the Online Inquiry Form, which helps us to be more responsive to your interests and questions. If you are ready to apply, then you do not need to complete this form.

STEP 2: Visit the School

Visiting Denver Jewish Day School is the best way to feel the vibrancy of school life and experience the warmth of our school community. View the full tour schedule and admission calendar for opportunities to visit the school. In the event that none of these times are possible, we will work with you to find a convenient time. Call or email Director of Admission Shayna Friedman at (720) 449-9550 or sfriedman@denverjds.org for more information.

STEP 3: Apply

All applicants must complete the online application. The application due date is February 15. Complete the online application. PLEASE NOTE: Children must be five year of age by October 1, 2018 to be eligible to apply to kindergarten for the 2018-19 school year.

STEP 4: Schedule a Student Visit

All kindergarten applicants are expected to join Future Tiger Week, a group visit scheduled for late February. A member of the admission team will contact you to schedule this visit, and may request a private screening and/or follow-up on an individual basis.

STEP 5: Apply for Tuition Assistance (if applicable)

View details about our Financial Aid Program and download the necessary forms. For all current and prospective families, the form and supporting documentation must be submitted by February 15, 2018.

STEP 6: Decision Notification

The School will notify applicants of its admissions via email in early March in accordance with the notification schedule set by the Associate of Colorado Independent School (ACIS). Families that complete an application for tuition assistance by the February deadline will be notified of their award within two weeks of admission decision notification. The notification deadline for the 2018-19 school year is March 6, 2018. Notifications could be an admit, a decline, or a provisional admit.

UPPER DIVISION (6-12) APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: Inquire

Complete the Online Inquiry Form, which helps us to be more responsive to your interests and questions. If you are ready to apply, then you do not need to complete this form.

STEP 2: Visit the School

Visiting Denver Jewish Day School is the best way to feel the vibrancy of school life and experience the warmth of our school community. View the full tour schedule and admission calendar for opportunities to visit the school. In the event that none of these times are possible, we will work with you to find a convenient time. Call or email Director of Admission Shayna Friedman at (720) 449-9550 or sfriedman@denverjds.org for more information.

STEP 3: Apply

All applicants must complete the online application. The application due date is February 15. We require all teacher recommendations forms and school records for the application to be considered complete.

STEP 4: Schedule a Student Visit

Applicants for grades six through 12 are required to schedule a half-day visit to the Upper Division. Each applicant will have the opportunity to attend classes in the morning (beginning at 7:30 am), meet some teachers, and spend the day with a host student, meeting their friends and sharing lunch (provided by the school).

STEP 5: Apply for Tuition Assistance (if applicable)

View details about our tuition assistance program and download the necessary forms. For all current and prospective families, the form and supporting documentation must be submitted by February 15, 2018.

STEP 6: Decision Notification

The school will notify applicants of its admissions via email in late February in accordance with the notification schedule set by the Associate of Colorado Independent School (ACIS). Families that complete an application for tuition assistance by the February deadline will be notified of their award within two weeks of admission decision notification.

The notification deadlines for the 2018-19 school year are:

Grades 6-8: February 28, 2018

Grades 9-12: February 23, 2018

 

Admission Criteria

 

Denver Jewish Day School aims to serve families who desire a Jewish Day School education for their children. As an independent school, we believe it's important for applicants to understand what criteria for student success we've established. These criteria assist us during the application process to ensure that our school meets the needs of all students we admit.

Demonstrates developmentally appropriate pre-academic skills displayed on school visit and documented in teacher recommendation form. Parent/Guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent/ Guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS. Students turning five by October 1 of their Kindergarten year are eligible for Kindergarten admission. Admission protocols for early entry are available for students turning five between October 1 and December 31 of the Kindergarten year. The Office of Admission can discuss this process with parents upon request.
Meets grade level academic expectations as documented by school records, teacher recommendation, and student visit to Denver JDS. Demonstrates positive behaviors and social skills in the classroom community as documented by school visit to Denver JDS and teacher recommendation/ school records. Parent/Guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent Guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS.
Demonstrates academic strength in secular studies (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language) as documented by a B or higher equivalent Grade Point Average. Demonstrates positive behavior in current school as documented by minimal (if any) disciplinary interventions on school records and in teacher recommendations. Demonstrates positive school behaviors on school visit to Denver JDS. Demonstrates genuine interest in learning Hebrew and Judaic studies and in being pat of a Jewish community as documented by Student Statement and in student interview.Demonstrates well rounded interests in participation in activities outside of school as documented by application materials, in Student Statement, and in student interview. Parent/Guardian displays willingness to engage in a positive partnership with Denver JDS. Parent Guardian displays willingness to meet financial obligations to Denver JDS.
Does your student have learning differences or other challenges? Denver JDS strives to welcome as many Jewish students as possible, and we have many students enrolled in our school who receive additional support from our Learning Resource Center. If your child has documented mild to moderate learning differences, ADHD, Sensory Issues, or other challenges, we encourage you to reach out for a conversation. We will conduct a full review of your child's written evaluation, IEP, and/or 504 Plan and work closely with you to determine whether our school is a good fit.
 

Click Here For More Information on Post-deadline Applications

Sometimes, extenuating circumstances mean families apply for admission to Denver Jewish Day School after the February 15 deadline. Post deadline applications for admission and financial aid are reviewed on a space available basis. We require a complete application file for all students and can not waive application components, even when applications are submitted over the summer or during the school year. Student visits to the school are a critical component of the application process. If a student applies over the summer and it is not possible to schedule a school visit before the start of the school year, we will request an opportunity to observe that student in a group setting (day camp, or summer program, etc.) If that is not possible you may be offered a provisional admission. 

What is Provisional Admission?

 Provisional admission is an offer of admission that includes at least one provision. Provisions are individualized depending on the situation. A common provision for students we are unable to meet in person in an observation period at the beginning of the school year to ensure that Denver Jewish Day School is a good match for the student.

 

 

For all other students, please contact the Admissions Office, (720)449-9522, to set up a visit for your child. Prospective students will have the opportunity to sit in on classes, enjoy lunch with other students, meet with a teacher, and shadow a host student from their current grade.