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FAQs

FAQs

What type of school is the Berman Hebrew Academy?
Berman is the only Modern Orthodox Preschool - 12th grade day school in the Washington area. About 700 students learn in our dual-curriculum college preparatory program in an atmosphere of reverence, good citizenship and love of the Jewish people and Israel.

What are school hours?
Preschool:           9:00am – 12:00 noon or 2:15pm
Lower School:     8:15am – 3:30pm
Middle School:    8:15am – 4:30pm
Upper School:     8:15am – 5:30pm
Before and after school care are available for students in preschool through 8th grade.

How do students get to and from school?
The majority of Berman families carpool to and from school. Bus transportation is available with one way and round trip options assuming there are a sufficient number of riders to maintain the route.

What do students wear?
While there is no formal uniform, there is a school dress code. For more details please visit our website.

How large are the classes?
There are 15 - 20 students per class and approximately 50-60 students per grade.

Is there a school lunch program?
Students may bring their own dairy or parve lunch, and a hot lunch is available for purchase from our cafeteria every school day. We strive to be a peanut/nut free school.

What does Berman do to help keep students safe?
Two full-time security officers are equipped with modern technology to keep our students and faculty secure. All doors are locked and the front entrance is monitored. A registered nurse is on the premises beginning at 8:15 am every day.

How old does a student have to be to apply for kindergarten?
According to Maryland State law, students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of the entering year.

Are classes co-educational?
All classes are co-educational through 5th grade. In the Middle & Upper school classes are separated for Judaic studies only.

How do students balance the demands of both the general and Judaic curriculum within each day?
Students enjoy a rich dual curricular approach to education. Many of the academic concepts are integrated between both general studies and Judaics so each child develops a strong sense of Jewish identity and solid grounding in both areas. Berman teachers and administrators are committed to providing each student with a foundation for excellence in all their studies.

Where do Berman students go when they graduate?
Our graduates are accepted to a broad spectrum of colleges and universities including the country’s most competitive programs. In addition, Berman graduates are accepted into the most rigorous programs in Israeli yeshivot and seminaries.

How are students’ social and emotional needs addressed?
Full-time, experienced guidance counselors work with students in each division to ensure their social and emotional needs are being addressed; students are also taught proactive and preventative communication skills in all grades. Berman has a zero tolerance policy for verbal, physical, and cyber aggression.

What educational enhancements do students enjoy?
Students benefit from the Deborah Lerner Gross Jewish Cultural Arts Center, the Helene Berman Seidenfeld Visual Arts Center, music programs, the Hebrew Academy Dramatic Arts Society, a full range of after school PTO activities, an instrumental music program, a full range of competitive athletics, and much, much more.

How are students’ special learning needs addressed?
Our teachers and administrators, under the direction of our Director of Special Services, help our students succeed by providing accommodations and small-group resource assistance. More intensive services are offered through our partnership with Sulam (www.sulam.org).

How do families apply for financial assistance?
Berman is committed to providing students with a Jewish education regardless of economic circumstances. Financial aid is available for families that demonstrate financial need. To obtain a scholarship application, check off the “Scholarship Application Request” box in the registration application. All scholarship matters are conducted in the strictest of confidence, respecting the privacy of each family.

How do I get more information and an application for admission?
Information and an application can be downloaded from our website. To receive a printed copy or to arrange to visit the school, please call Admissions Director, Elana Stein, at 301-962-9400 ext. 5630 or email steine@mjbha.org.