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FAQs

Q. What is the total enrollment?
A. The Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy enrolls nearly 230 boys and girls in grades K–12, drawn from communities all over Greater Kansas City.

Q. What is the student:teacher ratio?
A. HBHA maintains a low student:teacher ratio of 16:1

Q. How old does my child need to be to enter Kindergarten?
A. Children need to be 5 years old by August 31 of the enrollment year in order to enroll in the Kindergarten class.

Q. How long is the school day?
A. HBHA opens its doors at 7:30 a.m. Beginning at 7:40 a.m. administrators and faculty greet students on the HBHA circle drive and Lower School students are supervised in the halls. Classrooms open at 7:45 a.m. Formal learning begins at 7:55 a.m.

Kindergarten ends its day at 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Grades 1-12 conclude at 3:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday dismissal for grades 1-12 takes place at 2:50 p.m. in preparation for Shabbat.

Q. What is HBHA's Dress Code Policy?
A. Students in the Lower and Middle schools have a formal dress code, which includes school uniforms. Upper School students must abide by school guidelines for appropriate dress.
Click here for the Lower/Middle School Dress Code
Click here for the Upper School Dress Code

Q. Do you need to be “religious” to go to a Jewish day school?  I don’t know if our family is “Jewish enough” – will our child feel comfortable at HBHA?
A. What is great about HBHA is that our population – students, parents and staff – represents the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. Our students come from different backgrounds, different levels of Jewish knowledge and different levels of home observance.  We foster an environment of mutual respect in which we appreciate differences and learn from each other. We are the only school in the U.S. to offer a dual-track Jewish Studies program. For more information on our Jewish Studies program, and how it can meet your family's needs, please click here.

Q. My child has never attended a Jewish day school, and is entering first grade (or beyond). Is it too late to start?
A. No, it's not too late!  We welcome lateral entry students (entering 1st to 11th grades) to the school who may not have a strong Hebrew and Jewish Studies background.  In the summer prior to their student's start at HBHA, families are strongly encouraged to arrange one-on-one or small group Hebrew tutoring with HBHA-referred tutors.  During the school year students are provided Hebrew and Jewish Studies resource assistance during the school day.

Q. Does HBHA offer “specials” and after school activities?
A. HBHA students experience a variety of special classes as part of their curriculum.  In the Lower School students have general and Jewish music classes, P.E., computers, art and library. Middle School students select electives in subjects such as P.E., art, robotics, computers, choir, band, drama and Jewish Studies. Upper School students choose from a wide variety of electives.  HBHA offers Talmid a free after-school, teacher-supervised homework and tutoring program available to students in grades 2-12.  HBHA students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of after school sports and clubs. Additionally, the Jewish Community Center offers after school child care as well as sports and arts activities available to HBHA students.

Q. Lunchtime and snacks: What do I need to know?
A. Students bring dairy or pareve (non-meat, non-dairy) lunches and snacks from home. A Vaad HaKashrut supervised kosher dairy box lunch option is offered three days a week through HBHA's PTO-run Ram's Cafe. Middle and Upper School students may purchase snacks and lunch daily from Ram's Cafe. Additionally, approximately quarterly, the Upper School Student Council offers hot dog, latke, or pizza lunch fundraisers.
Click here for HBHA's Lunch/Snack Policy
Click here for Dairy/Pareve Lunch Ideas
Click here for a list of accepted Kosher Symbols

Q. Is financial assistance available?
A. HBHA is committed to maintaining an economically diverse community and we have a confidential Financial Assistance process. Families may apply for need based Financial Assistance to learn if they qualify for reduced tuition.

Q. Does my child need to be Jewish to attend HBHA?
A. 
Yes. HBHA welcomes students who fit into one of the following categories to apply:
  1. A child who is being raised Jewish by two Jewish parents/legal guardians (birth or conversion)
  2. A child who is being raised Jewish by one Jewish parent/legal guardian in either a single parent/guardian or interfaith household (birth or conversion)
  3. A child whose parent(s)/family is in the process of conversion. This family will have joined a local congregation and are sponsored by a recognized rabbinic authority. 

Q. What school supplies does my student need?
A. Please click on the links below for a complete list of school supplies:

Lower School Supply List (K-5)
Middle School Supply List (6-8)
Upper School Supply List (9-12) 



Q. What is HBHA's Immunization Policy?
A. We have updated our immunization policy. Please click here for more information, as well as a downloadable copy of the Kansas Immunization Form.