FAQ




Yes. We understand that each family’s finances are unique, so Schechter offers tuition assistance to all who qualify. There is a clear and confidential process to seek assistance, which is completed through an online system, FACTS. For more information, please contact our business manager, Marcia Geddes at 860-561-0700 or mgeddes@ssds-hartford.org. Be sure to ask about our Jewish Professionals Discount.

No. At Schechter, we have one integrated curriculum, which is student-centered. Valuable learning takes places throughout the day regardless of the subject area. For example, skills taught in Hebrew and Judaics classes reinforce the skills learned in general studies classes. Throughout their entire Schechter education, students practice analyzing, making connections, questioning and communicating effectively. Teachers collaborate regularly to ensure that the skills taught are reinforced in all content areas.

Students are greeted each day at 8:00 a.m. in the front lobby by staff members. At 8:20 a.m., teachers welcome students into the classroom. The school day officially begins at 8:30 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. and teachers attend professional development workshops. In the winter months, students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays in honor of Shabbat. Several options exist for student dismissal time in the Early Childhood Program. For more information regarding Early Childhood Program schedules, please contact Michelle Fontaine at 860-561-0700 or mfontaine@ssds-hartford.org.

Schechter offers both early and after school care. Students can participate in our Extended Day Program from 7-8:00 a.m. and from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note: From November to early March, the extended day ends at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays to accommodate Shabbat.

Schechter students select from a wide array of after school extracurricular activities. In fact, 75% of Schechter students participate in a school club or activity. The clubs vary depending on student interest. Previous offerings include: art studio, sewing, MadScience, drama (through Playhouse on Park), robotics, math club, and MakerSpace. Schechter’s student athletes can participate in soccer, basketball and track and field.

A hot kosher lunch, including a daily salad bar, is available for students to purchase. Lunches can be purchased online for a two month time period, be bought daily or occasionally. Students can also bring a dairy or pareve lunch from home (prepared without meat, dairy eggs, or fish).

Beginning in Kindergarten, students who live in West Hartford are eligible for transportation. Families sign up through the West Hartford public school system at 860-561-6647.

As part of our personalized approach to education, Schechter teachers assess each student’s level of ability and personalizes the instruction accordingly. We serve students who are fluent Hebrew speakers and those who have little (or none) Hebrew language skills. We meet each student where he/she is and to move each forward appropriately.