Admissions FAQs

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the total enrollment?

    Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy enrolls more than 250 boys and girls in grades K–12, drawn from communities all over the Greater Kansas City Metro area.
  • Q. What is the student-to-teacher ratio?

    HBHA maintains a low student-to-teacher ratio of 16:1
  • Q. How old does my child need to be to enter Kindergarten?

    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?

    Our typical school day for grades 1-12 is 7:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 7:55 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Friday, in preparation for Shabbat. Kindergarten ends its day at 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. New for 2018-19: Kindergarten dismissal Monday-Friday will be 2:40 pm.

    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.

  • Q. What is HBHA's Dress Code Policy?

    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?

    One of the most wonderful aspects of HBHA is our diverse population – our students, parents and staff represent the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, levels of Jewish knowledge and levels of home observance. We foster an environment of mutual respect in which we appreciate differences and learn from each other. To help our students more fully embrace their Jewish connection, we offer a dual-track Jewish Studies program – HBHA is the only school in the U.S. to offer such a 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?

    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 the 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?

    HBHA students experience a variety of special classes as part of their curriculum:
    • Lower School students have general and Jewish music classes, PE, computers, art and library on a regular basis.
    • Middle School students have a larger selection of electives including PE, art, robotics, computers, choir, band, drama and Jewish Studies.
    • Upper School students have an even wider variety of electives from which to choose, based on their interests.
    HBHA students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of after school sports and clubs for various ages. HBHA offers Talmid, a free after-school, teacher-supervised homework and tutoring program to all students in grades 2-12. Additionally, the Jewish Community Center, which is housed on the same campus as HBHA, offers after school child care, sports and arts activities in which HBHA students may participate.
  • Q. Lunchtime and snacks: What do I need to know?

    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, and HBHA offers a Vaad supervised meat lunch each Wednesday throughout the school year. 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?

    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?

    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 is HBHA's Immunization Policy?

    We have updated our immunization policy. Please click here for more information, as well as a downloadable copy of the Kansas Immunization Form.
Founded in 1966, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy’s mission is to prepare students for fulfilling lives as Jews and as honorable and contributing citizens.