Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy is a community school founded by Chabad and open to all Jewish students, Preschool through eighth grade. The school provides an excellent Judaic and secular education in an atmosphere of warmth and enthusiasm, to help students develop into responsible and capable leaders with an enduring love of Judaism. With this foundation, graduates are well prepared with the skills to continue their education at the institution of their choice. The school recognizes the importance of dedicated faculty and parents working together to imbue students with Torah values, community responsibility, and a love of Israel. SCHA encourages each child to develop as a whole, by building fine character traits and instilling a life-long love of learning.

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SCHA (K - 8) Full-time Only

Building Fund Commitment

Each family is responsible for $1,500 for the SCHA Building Fund. If the full amount is not received by December 31, of the current school year, the remaining amount will be billed through the FACTS Tuition Management & Payment Processing System.

Registration Contract

  • The Registration Fee of $400, (non-refundable) for each student must accompany each application.

  • All pupils are accepted on the basis of a ten-month school year as defined by the Board of Admissions. No exceptions to this rule may be made.

  • The non-refundable registration fee and completed registration forms reserve a space for each child. Upon notice of financial commitment, a meeting will be held with the business office to sign the financial contract.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is provided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Business Office for information.

Click here to apply for Financial Aid.


Thank you to all those who contribute to our Scholarship Fund including:

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County (who provide grants for students in their catchment area).

Payment Method


Tuition payments are made through FACTS Tuition Management & Payment Processing System. You can set up your account during your registration meeting with the business office or directly at their website by clicking on their logo.


$400 non-refundable



Graduation Fee



$1,500 per family



“Quality Education Rooted in Values … Planting the Seeds for Future Success”

At Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy that motto is our guiding principle. Our challenging, dual curriculums of Judaic and Secular studies complement each other. Teachers work together to create a seamless learning experience based on the following principles:

  • All children can experience success in learning.

  • Assessing children’s prior knowledge identifies the starting point of new learning

  • Intervention options ensure student achievement

  • A strong partnership among home, school, and the community promotes students’ success

  • A variety of tools that are consistent, ongoing, and aligned with instruction can best assess student progress

Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy was founded on the ideals of Torah and as such, ethics and values are incorporated into every aspect of the student’s day. Our students develop outstanding academic and social skills while building the self-confidence necessary to succeed in a contemporary world.



Chumash (Torah) חומש

Chumash learning begins with Bereishit, and progresses through the Bamidbar and Devarim with increasing in depth understanding of our Holy Writs.

  • Grade 1: First chapter in Sefer Bereishit; identification of a Parshah, Perek, Pasuk; recognizing stop signs in Chumash.
  • Grade 2: Complete Portion of Bereishit, Noach, and Lech-Lecha; recognition of repetitive roots in Chumash and prefixes and suffixes.
  • Grade 3: Portions through Toldot; decoding; understanding main ideas and sequencing of events; study of Rashi Script and Commentary.
  • Grade 4: Portions of Vayetzei until completion of Sefer Bereishit; emphasis on Rashi commentary from text; identification of Rashi’s question and answer; build on Chumash vocabulary by recognizing familiar words; translate entire phrases and understand content; understand “who is speaking, to whom, and about what”; understand and answer questions in Hebrew.
  • Grade 5: Portion of Shemot through Yitro; increase in Rashi commentary; what question is Rashi trying to answer; translate Pesukim on own; familiarity with Onkelos; understand and answer questions in Hebrew; summarize Pesukim; connect ideas in chapters; identify questions that may arise in a Pasuk; relevant lessons for daily life; introduction of Siftei Chachamim and Baal Haturim.
  • Grade 6: Completion of Sefer Shemot; Rashi commentary; analysis of a Pasuk; summarization in Hebrew; independent learning; note-taking skills; visuals in creation of the Mishkan and its vessels; continuation of Siftei Chachamim and Baal Haturim.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Sefer Bamidbar; fluency in Rashi; introduction of other commentaries; independent study; research; development of analytical thinking; projects.

Halachah (Laws and Customs)

Students learn about the Code of Jewish Law; to live joyously and be completely immersed in the Jewish way of life.

  • Grade 1: Learn about the foods, songs, and blessings associated with all holidays; understanding of Kavod, Oneg Shabbat, Middot Tovot, Tzedakah and Gemilat Chesed; washing hands before meals and manners during mealtimes; addition of blessings made for various occasions and reasons for blessings.
  • Grade 2: Review of holiday Halachot; Halachot Bein Adam L’Chaveiro, regarding embarrassing others, Lashon Hara, revenge; order in which blessings are made; Brachot Acharonot; basics in Tefillah, why and how; Kavanah in prayer; respect towards parents, teachers, friends; Hachnasat Orchim and Bikkur Cholim.
  • Grade 3: Review of all holidays, months and dates; Tzedakah and Gemilut Chasadim; Middot- proper speech; laws pertaining to meals, tefillah and blessings; sanctity of the synagogue, Sefer Torah and holy books; sanctity of Eretz Yisrael.
  • Grade 4: All holidays in detail; addition to Middot: Humility, Anger, Honesty. Respect of Torah, Torah readings; Hilchot Tefillah and Talmud Torah; sanctity of Eretz Yisrael and mitzvot connected to the Landl Tzedakah.
  • Grade 5: Study from Shulchan Aruch; holidays; Seudah; Brachot; Lashon Hara; Rechilut; Shabbat; Ahavat Yisrael; ethical business laws.
  • Grade 6: Dinim covered in Shulchan Aruch and Halichot Yisrael Vol. 1: Talmud Torah; Netilat Yadayim; Birchat HaMazon; respect to elders.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Shabbat and Yom Tov; Rosh Chodesh; Mezuzah; Kashrut; Torah reading; Kiddush Levanah; Tzitzit, Teffilin (boys); study in Shulchan Aruch; Halichot Yisrael II.


Beginning in fifth grade, students are introduced to the Oral Torah and the application of Divine Law and Morality to mundane life.

  • Grade 5: Mishnah Brachot; text: Mishnayot Me’irot; Bava Metzia (Boys) or Sukkah
  • Grade 6: Avot (Girls)
  • Grades 7 & 8: Rosh Hashanah and Sukkah; Yoma; Pesachim; text: Mishnayot Me’irot (Girls)
    The Study of Mishnah also serves as the foundation for Talmud study. Students will develop higher order thinking skills to analyze, interpret, the Mishnayot studied. Students will also learn how to systematically inspect and deconstruct the Mishna into its elemental components.

Nevi’im (Prophets)

Beginning in fourth grade, the study of the Prophets from Yehoshua to Shoftim and the books of Shmuel and Melakhim aim to both give a glimpse of the Divine Providence throughout our history, and touch upon some of the many moral lessons we can derive from them.

  • Grade 4: Book of Joshua; familiarity with period of history; summarization of ideas and events.
  • Grade 5: Book of Judges; familiarity with period of history; summation of ideas; relevant lessons for contemporary life.
  • Grade 6: Book of Samuel I; familiarity with periods in history; application of lessons; selected chapters in Megillat Esther.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Book of Samuel II; Kings I; chapters in Megillah.

Parshah (Weekly Torah Portions)

The weekly Torah portion is read and discussed to give students a clear understanding of the Torah.

  • Grade 1: Weekly summary of Torah Portion through story, song, projects; review sheets for home study; Parshah Art.
  • Grade 2: Weekly review of Torah Portion and questions for home study.
  • Grade 3: Weekly review of Torah Portion; ability to write own D’var Torah; presentation of a D’var Torah.
  • Grade 4: Interactive Parshah study utilizing technology.
  • Grade 5: Summation of weekly portion; students’ Divrei Torah.
  • Grade 6: Weekly review and student preparation of topics.
  • Grades 7 & 8: In-depth study every week with participation by students.

Safah, Kriah, Ktiva (Hebrew Language Arts)

Students become familiar and comfortable with our Holy Tongue, building a love of Israel and Torah.

  • Grade 1: Review of all letter and vowel sounds; blending of letters; reading words from text.
  • Grade 2: Proper penmanship; vocabulary enrichment; possessive nouns; identification of verbs and their roots; adjectives; present and past tenses in grammar; continuation of number count; reading comprehension and oral discussion, punctuation and spelling; writing short compositions; identification of all nouns as to their number and gender.
  • Grade 3: Proper penmanship, punctuation, and spelling; dictation; conversational Hebrew: family, around the house, food, days of the week, numbers; reading stories and emphasis on vocabulary; analyze and identify simple verbs as to their root and tense; prefixes and suffixes; comprehend main idea of a Hebrew paragraph and explain in own words; respond to questions, orally and in writing, in complete sentences; recognition and usage of adverbs and adjectives; dictionary skills; composition skills.
  • Grade 4: Conversational Hebrew based on short stories; increase in vocabulary; dialogues among students; identification of pronouns in possessive forms; “Hay HaYediah” & “Hay HaSheaylah”; composition writing and summarization of stories; future tense in grammar; proper use of infinitives, prepositions, and conjunctions; homonyms and antonyms; identification of all nouns as to their number and gender; proper spelling.
  • Grade 5: Conversational Hebrew: shopping, transportation, and home furnishings; increase in vocabulary; creative writing; conjugation of verbs in Nifal; accurate spelling; short stories.
  • Grade 6: Conversational Hebrew: units covering post office, restaurant and travel; skills in composition; enrichment in vocabulary; verbs in Binyan Nifal and Piel; reading stories and comprehension; student presentations and demonstrations.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Conversational Hebrew; conjugate all forms of grammar; comprehension; composition writing, letter writing; dialogues; literary comprehension.


The study of Talmud begins in sixth grade with an introduction to Jewish Law, its logic and moral code, to gaining the ability of independent study in the original Hebrew-Aramaic languages.

  • Grade 6: Elu Metziot or Tefilat HaShachar
  • Grades 7 & 8: Hamafeid; Ha’Meine’ach

Tefillah (Prayer)

Prayers, knowledge, and familiarity are age appropriate, emphasizing our need and ability to speak to and connect with Hashem in Heaven.

  • Grade 1: Recital of basic daily Tefillot and addition of new Tefillot; reading from Siddur by mid-year.
  • Grade 2: Accurate reading of all prayers from previous year and addition of new Shacharit prayers; practice of reading from Siddur in various parts of Davening; Siddur Geography.
  • Grade 3: Proficiency in Tefillot of previous years and increase in morning prayers, including complete Amidah; reading practice in various parts of Siddur, and continuation of Siddur; geography to include Shabbat tefillot.
  • Grade 4: Daily Tefillot and introduction of new Tefillot; reading practice from other parts of Tefillah; concepts in prayer.
  • Grade 5: Familiarity with all tefillot of previous years; Tefillot Rosh Chodesh; concepts in prayer.
  • Grade 6: All Tefillot of previous years; Tachanun; concepts in prayer.
  • Grades 7 & 8: Proficiency in all tefillot previously learned and in Siddur geography; a look at the Machzor; concepts in prayer.


Secular Studies Kindergarten student's developmental level of learning requires an approach that merges multiple teaching styles. At Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy (Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy,) we have both teacher and student directed experiences with time for play and movement as well. Our curriculum focuses on maintaining students' curiosity about the world and confidence in their ability to learn.

To foster each student's development, we emphasize language arts; speaking and listening skills; a sense of numbers and mathematical reasoning; scientific process skills and vocabulary associated with science; social studies with a focus on the individual as part of society; and visual and performing arts.

Language Arts Kindergarten students are just discovering the world of print. At SCHA, students are surrounded with print, literature, and activities encouraging phonemic awareness. They learn to become familiar with the alphabet and the sounds that each letter represents; and learn to separate words into syllables, blend sounds to make words, decode, and recognize sight words. In writing, the students learn to form letters properly using the Handwriting without Tears program. They keep journals in which they can draw and write many times a week. Mathematics In math, the concentration is on counting by 1's, 5's and 10's; and comparing patterning, measuring, shapes, both 2D and 3D; and beginning addition, subtraction, and sorting. Math is taught in a hands-on approach and workbooks are used to complete follow-up activities. Music The kindergarten classroom is constantly filled with music; students sing and listen to music every day. Dance and Yoga Dance begins in kindergarten with a repertoire of Israeli dances, exposing students to Israeli music and culture while building kinesthetic awareness. Students develop their creativity through movement and refine their gross motor skills as they hop, skip, and jump. Yoga is a special time the students look forward to, as they stretch and breathe. Social Competency Telling children to be thoughtful and kind is not enough; we need to help them understand what these attributes sound and look like. Students learn and practice such skills as taking risks, sharing supplies, and trying again after making a mistake. Instilling a view of oneself as a student for whom learning and being a school friend is powerful, fun, and fulfilling is an essential element of every kindergarten activity. Specials Kindergarten students go to gym, computer, library, and science classes once a week. Judaic Studies Hebrew The primary goal of the kindergarten Hebrew program is the development of listening and speaking skills through concrete experiences. Lessons are conducted entirely in Hebrew, and students are given time to process the language that they hear until they understand it and are ready to use it for their own expressive purposes. A Hebrew teacher gives lessons four days per week. Hebrew vocabulary is reinforced throughout the day as well. The topics of each Hebrew unit are drawn from students’ own life experiences, as well as from the themes of the kindergarten curriculum. Torah Students begin their exposure to Torah narrative by listening to the weekly Torah portion through interactive storytelling and the use of puppets. They identify lessons and mitzvot from the stories, and develop an understanding that Torah is meaningful to the Jewish people. Reading Students learn the Hebrew alphabet and vowels through games, art, song, and puppets. The goal is that they will be reading words by the end of kindergarten. Tefillot (Prayer) Morning routine begins with tefillot. Students develop competency in learning the words and basic meanings of prayers. Prayers taught in kindergarten include: Modeh Ani, Mah Tovu, Adon Olam, Shema, and Oseh Shalom. Holidays and Shabbat Students are introduced to the basic themes, symbols, and traditions of each holiday. Holiday units are interwoven with art. Students learn Hebrew words associated with the holidays and develop skills in reciting certain blessings. Songs, craft projects, and school-wide celebrations help bring the holidays to life. Shabbat is celebrated every week in the classroom with candle-lighting, tzedakah (giving money to charity), Kiddush, and Hamotzi (prayers over grape juice and challah). Students learn the connection between Shabbat and the Creation story, and begin to understand the concept of a day of rest. The students join together on Friday afternoons for gatherings filled with stories, singing, and dancing, providing closure for the week that has passed.

Language Arts

The Language Arts Curriculum follows a grade-by-grade progression that enables students to achieve excellence in reading, spelling, and writing. In order to reach these goals, students employ various methods, including:

  • Reading and responding to texts
  • Exploring and responding to literature
  • Communicating with others – verbally and through writing
  • Utilizing English language conventions
  • Exposure to a variety of genres to develop an appreciation and understanding of literature
  • Expressing themselves in a wide range of styles using written, oral, and artistic forms of communication
  • Becoming successful writers with the feedback and collaboration of teachers and peers
  • Working both independently and cooperatively on projects
  • The Language Arts Curriculum is enhanced by participation in writing and spelling contests, creative interaction with community organizations, and interdisciplinary projects with other departments in the school.


The Mathematics Curriculum progresses from grade 1 through 8, advancing at an age and grade appropriate pace. At each grade level, all mathematical concepts are applied to story problems. This program provides the foundation for the many mathematical skills that students study in school and apply in the real world.

  • Grade 1: Students will become proficient in addition and subtraction up to sums of 12; will be introduced to geometry, time, money, and fractions; and will learn place value to the tens place.
  • Grade 2: Students will achieve mastery of addition and subtraction facts; will become proficient in adding and subtracting whole numbers to the hundred millions place; and will develop an understanding of place value, estimation, and mental math. The concepts of geometry, time, money, and fractions will be expanded. Multiplication and division algorithms will be introduced.
  • Grade 3: Students will achieve mastery of basic multiplication and division facts and the concepts of money and time. They will master place value to the hundred millions place.
  • Grade 4: Students will be able to multiply three-digit by two-digit numbers and divide three-digit by one-digit numbers; will be able to identify, order, compare, add, and subtract fractions; will learn to read and interpret graphs and data; and will be introduced to conventional scientific measurements.
  • Grade 5: Students will achieve mastery of multiplication and division of whole numbers, and estimation and mental math; will write numerical expressions to label and solve multiple-step word problems; will add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers; will write and solve algebraic expressions; will develop an understanding of ratios, percents, and proportions; and will be introduced to finding area, perimeter, and volume.
  • Grade 6: Students will learn the PEMDAS order of operations; will perform all operations with fractions; will achieve mastery of ratios, percents, and proportions; will write and solve algebraic problems; and will learn to collect and graph data using scientific and English units of measurement.
  • Grade 7: Pre-Algebra: Students will add, subtract, multiply, and divide real and rational numbers in equations and equalities; graph ordered pairs and lines; read and write exponents, scientific notation, functions, and sequences; collect, display, and analyze data; apply ratios, proportions, and percents to daily life; and predict and analyze probability results. Students will use geometry to solve perimeter, area, and volume equations.
  • Grade 8: Algebra: Students will solve patterns, functions, equations, equalities, and inequalities; understand and use integers, rational, and real numbers; analyze and represent linear and nonlinear equations; use technology to solve and display data; create geometric models; develop and analyze proofs; use trigonometry to measure and solve problems; collect, analyze, and graph data; and make hypotheses and predictions.

Physical Education

The Physical Education Curriculum is an integral part of the continuing educational experience. It contributes significantly to the optimum development of each student by providing a balance of activities which reflect and challenge the divergent needs of students. The Physical Education Curriculum addresses development in four areas with distinct goals:

  • Physiological: to provide a program of instruction to recognize the developmental stages of growth and achieve the physiological components of fitness and maintain desirable levels of fitness through a continual process of evaluation.
  • Psychomotor: to provide a program of instruction leading to proficiency in the performance of physical skills requiring coordination, rhythm, accuracy, and poise, and with physical acts performed in a graceful, aesthetic, and efficient manner.
  • Cognitive: to provide a program of instruction leading to the development of knowledge sense perception, judgment, memory, imagination, creativity, thinking, and reasoning necessary to maintain physical well-being.
  • Affective learning: to provide a program of instruction leading to the development of desirable attitudes and expression of feelings and emotions involving the appreciation of self and others. Primarily these experiences relate to movement, sports participation, and spectatorship.


The Science Curriculum begins with an enrichment program for Grades 1- 4, followed by a more intensive program of studies in Grades 5-8. At each grade level, use of the scientific method becomes more sophisticated and refined, enabling students to progress from passive observers of the world around them, to active participants in bettering that world.

  • Grade 1: students learn about the habitats and life cycles of plants and animals, climate, and recycling.
  • Grade 2: labs are added for the study of plant and animal adaptations, the body and its moving parts, and environment and geology.
  • Grade 3: the science curriculum becomes interdisciplinary with the addition of connections to math, art, and creative writing being utilized for the study of food and nutrition, water and its properties, magnetism and introductory electricity, and light and sound.
  • Grade 4: students delve further into the study of weather including storms, Earth forces, air and its properties, as well as plants and their environments.
  • Grade 5: students learn about the nature of matter, the basic unit of life, work and simple machines, motions, geology, and solar energy. In the spring, students create an independent project for the school science fair with the help of the teacher and seventh and eighth grade mentors.
  • Grade 6: students learn about electricity, archeology/paleontology/anthropology, adaptations, technology, and wetlands in depth. Sixth grade students also create an independent project for the school science fair with the help of the teacher and seventh and eighth grade mentors.
  • Grade 7: Life Science: students learn about the characteristics of living things and progress throughout the school year from simple organisms to plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and finally human biology. This is followed by the study of ecology which demonstrates how all living things interconnect.
  • Grade 8: Earth and Physical Science: Topics included in Earth science are composition of Earth, atmosphere and the oceans, geologic time, and resources and environment. Topics included in physical science are diversity, patterns, and interactions of matter; atoms and bonding, and solution, carbon, and nuclear chemistry.

    In grades seven and eight, over a four-month period, in conjunction with their classes, students create in-depth research projects. The topics are thoroughly investigated, tested, and presented in written and visual format to be submitted to the Connecticut State Science Fair or the National Christopher Columbus Awards.

Contact Us

For a detailed list of skills and benchmarks for each age group, please call the school to schedule an interview. 



Baruch Kaplan (Principal)

Erin Lichtenstein (Asst. Principal) Ellen Poe  (K & 2, Secular)

Pessy Malachowski (K, Judaic)

Sara R. Abramowitz (K, Asst.)

Wendy Jodon (K, Asst.)
Sarah Hartwell (1 & 3, Secular)

Rachael Scheff (1, Judaic)

Mendel Barrocas (3 & 7/8, Judaic)

Alison Genovese (4, Secular)

Yonah Fenton (4 & 5, Judaic) 
Windy Jones (5, Secular)
Mary Sinise (6, Secular)

Bracha Hecht (6, Judaic)
Joseph Hartmann (6,7,8, Judaic)
Rochel B. Yaffe (7/8, Judaic)

Sheindy Brackman (7/8, Judaic)
Chanie Wilhelm (7/8, Judaic)

Stan Latkowski (7/8, Secular & PE) 

Robyn Stewart (Science Enrichment 4,5,6 & 7/8 Science)

Samantha Townsend (7/8, Secular)
Cassie Bourgeois (Art)
Beth Lopez (PE)
Louise Bisch (librarian)

Mae Anne Wilner (social worker)

Shelley Hall (special-ed)

Betzalel Sandman (tutor)



What if my child has attended another Jewish Day School?

We welcome you! Students have transferred successfully from many other day schools, locally and nationally. Pre-admission interviews and testing are required.

What if my child has not attended a Jewish Day School?

It is never too late to start! Our faculty provide individualized programs to meet the needs of every child. If your family is committed to a vibrant and intensive education, we are committed to your family and will work with your child to bring him/her up to class level.

What if we are not “Orthodox” or feel that we are less traditional than other families?

We encourage all interested families to join the SCHA community where we emphasize respect and inclusion for all. We do not impose; we merely expose our children to the beauty of Judaism.

How does SCHA’s curriculum compare to public school?

It has been shown that SCHA students tend to score higher on national standardized testing than their counterparts in public schools. Our classes are based on the Connecticut Educational Frameworks, which allows each student to achieve the highest levels of academic excellence. SCHA is fully accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education. Small class size, low student to teacher ratio, outstanding and devoted faculty, dual curriculum, and current teaching methods will help your child reach his or her fullest potential. We focus on the individual student on each level of education.

What is the role of technology in the curriculum?

SCHA’s Technology program promotes the use of technology as a learning tool to facilitate the development of academic skills by providing innovative and engaging technology opportunities for students and teachers.

Will my child get into a good Secondary School, Yeshiva or University?

SCHA graduates have been accepted to many fine secondary schools such as Bais Chana Academy, Ramaz, Manhattan High School, Prospect Park Yeshiva, Hopkins, Ner Yisroel, and Hamden Hall. Our graduates have been accepted at leading colleges and universities including: Yale, Brandeis, Columbia, Barnard, Princeton, Yeshiva University, and Stern College. Our alumni are making their mark in the fields of business, law, medicine, education, the arts and community affairs all over the world. SCHA graduates have been accepted to outstanding Yeshivot and Seminaries, including Neve Yerushalayim, Machon Gold, MTA, Ohel Chana – Melbourne, Beit Chana-Tzfat, Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim, Michlala, and Brisk.

Does the school offer extracurricular activities?

Yes, seasonally we offer chess, tennis, crafts, math and science clubs, and both boys’ and girls’ basketball. New clubs are added based on student interest.



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