ACADEMIC PHILOSOPHY

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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TUITION

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 $300, (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.

REGISTRATION

$300 non-refundable

TUITION

$12,000

8TH GRADE
Graduation Fee

$100

BUILDING FUND

$1,500 per family

 

CURRICULUM

“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.

JUDAIC STUDIES

SECULAR STUDIES

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.




Mishnah


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.




Talmud


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.





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.




Mishnah


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.




Talmud


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.





Contact Us

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

 

OUR STAFF

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)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.





 

DAY SCHOOL HANDBOOK

 
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Vocabulary / אוצר מלים

Chumash / חומש

Navi / נביא

Halacha / הלכה ומנהג

Talmud/ גמרא

For Students by Students

ידיעה כללית

All Subjects

The aim of this project is to encourage students to maintain and hone their knowledge of important information. 

Below are links to many quizzes which include the most important milim of Chumash. This list includes over 80% of all words found in Chumash Beraishis, as well as some other common words.

These quizzes are geared for students in grades 3-8. 

Students: Choose a topic below and click on the link for your grade. Take the short quiz and put your knowledge to the test! 

Stay tuned for more topics and more grade levels to be added soon.

Bekiyus Initiative