AMOS & CELIA HEILICHER MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

Admissions

The Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School values a strong partnership with families that begins with the admissions process.

As families move through the process of touring, applying, interviewing, and ultimately joining the school community, we provide many opportunities to get to know each other and answer any questions that come up along the way.

We welcome your inquiries, visits, and application!

Inquire About Heilicher

If you have questions after reading the information on this website, please contact us at 952.381.3500 or info@hmjds.org.

Visit Heilicher

A tour is the best way to see our school in action. You will see first-hand that we offer our students a very rich curriculum in both general and Judaic studies. Our unique blend of academic rigor, values based education, dual language learning, and an emphasis on leadership and public speaking allows us to educate and prepare students for all their future endeavors.

Please allow 90 minutes for this visit. We enjoy taking the time to get to know your family and show you what makes a Heilicher education extraordinary.

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled tour dates, please contact Louise Schoenberger, Admissions Associate, at 952.381.3500 or lschoenberger@hmjds.org.

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Submit Online Application

Our online application takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will be required to create an account with a username and password. This login will provide you access to a personal dashboard showing all of the steps necessary to complete your application.

Your application is considered complete upon receipt of the online application form and a $100 application fee, payable online via PayPal or by cash or check delivered to the Heilicher school office.

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Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Heilicher is committed to making our educational experience accessible to as many families in the community as possible. More then one-third of Heilicher families receive some degree of financial assistance. Families are granted financial aid based on demonstrated need and availability of scholarship funds. Financial aid requests are held in strictness of confidence by Heilicher personnel.

If you are interested in receiving Financial Aid application forms, please check the appropriate box in the online application.

READ MORE about our Financial Aid process.

Recommendation Forms

After you have submitted your application, you will be asked to provide a teacher recommendation from your child's current teacher(s). We will send you a link to the online recommendation forms.

One recommendation is required for application to grades K-5, and two are required from core subject teachers for application to grades 6-8.

Schedule Student Visit

Upon receipt of your application, our Admissions and Outreach Coordinator Ethan Tarshish will contact you to schedule three appointments for your family.

  1. Individual Screening

    • For prospective students entering kindergarten: Our school counselor administers the Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (Dial-4). This screening is designed to assess developmental skills in language, concepts, motor, self-help, and social emotional areas.
    • For prospective students entering grades 1-8: Our staff administers grade-level reading, writing, and math assessments.

2. Group Screening/Preview Day

    • Group Screening: Prospective kindergarten students attend a small group session that includes several situations approximating the kinds of activities and transitions that occur during the kindergarten day. Heilicher faculty and administrators observe the children as they participate.
    • Preview Day: Students unable to attend a group screening, making application for a mid-year kindergarten transfer, or looking to enter grades 1-8 attend a student preview day. This involves a half-day (kindergarten) or a whole day (grades 1-8) visit to the kindergarten or current grade level.

3. Follow Up Meeting

    • After the individual screening and the group screening or student preview day are complete, prospective parents meet with an administrator and school counselor to discuss the results of both screenings. Parents receive a written report about their child.

Admissions Notification

    • Families whose application forms and fees are received by mid-December, and who have completed the other necessary steps in a timely manner, will receive early admissions notification in mid-February.
    • Families whose application forms and fees are received by mid-February, and who have completed the other necessary steps in a timely manner, will receive admissions notification in mid-April.
    • All other applications will be reviewed and accepted pending space availability.

    Join the Heilicher Community

    Upon receipt of acceptance, you will secure a place for your child at Heilicher by sending a $600 deposit. This deposit is credited toward tuition.

    We invite newly enrolled families to attend several summer events including a new parent orientation, PTO-sponsored park play dates, a new family picnic, and a scavenger hunt at Heilicher just prior to the start of school.

    Welcome to Heilicher!

    Special Considerations

    No prior Hebrew
    For students joining Heilicher in grades 1-8, we provide beginner-level Hebrew language groups to ensure that students are able to fully participate even with little or no prior Hebrew experience. Students entering second grade or above will be asked to engage in private summer Hebrew tutoring during the summer preceding their enrollment.

    Special Education Plans
    Partnering between school and home is key to a successful school experience. Please provide us with all outside testing or evaluations done by OT, PT, IEP, speech/language, medical, psychological, or other professionals. The more information we have about your child, the more successful we will be in meeting your family’s needs.

    At times it is helpful to observe a child in their current school environment, and/or secure releases to communicate on the phone or in writing with health care providers. If we are in need of this type of information we will let you know.

    Non-Discrimination Policy
    The Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School admits students of any sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and it does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or any other school-administered programs.



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    Admissions Checklist

    ✔ Inquire About Heilicher

    ✔ Visit Heilicher

    ✔ Submit Your Online Application

    ✔ Apply for Financial Aid Program (Optional)

    ✔ Required Recommendation Forms

    ✔ Schedule Student Visits

    ✔ Receive Notification

    ✔ Join the HMJDS Community!

    Our mid-year transfer experience was seamless. The girls knew some of the children from camp. The teachers called us to touch base with us during the first few weeks. The other parents and administrators were warm and welcoming. After about a week, both the girls and their teachers said it felt as if they had been there from the beginning of the year.

    HMJDS Parent
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