The Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School values a strong partnership with families that begins with our admissions process.
As families move through the process of touring, applying, screening, 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
- Visit Heilicher
- Submit Online Application
- Apply for Financial Assistance (Optional)
- For Employees of Jewish Nonprofits
- Recommendation Forms
- Schedule Student Visit
- Admissions Notification
- Join the Heilicher Community
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 and Marketing Director, at 952.381.3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
*Please note: Student applicants must be 5 years of age by September 1 of the Kindergarten entry year.
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.
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.
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.
New! Reduced Tuition for Employees of Jewish Nonprofits and Synagogues
Through the generosity of the Redleaf Affordability & Endowment Building Challenge Grant from the Lynne & Andrew Redleaf Foundation, Heilicher is now offering a tuition grant for children of employees of synagogues and Jewish nonprofits in the Twin Cities.
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.
Upon receipt of your application, our Admissions and Outreach Coordinator Ethan Tarshish will contact you to schedule three appointments for your family.
- 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. Observation/Preview Day
- Observation: During the in-school observation, a member of the Heilicher admissions team will observe prospective kindergarten students in their current classroom setting.
- Preview Day: Students 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 full-day (grades 1-8) visit to the kindergarten or current grade level classroom.
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
"Our mid-year transfer experience was seamless. The girls knew some of the children from camp. The teachers called 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."