AMOS & CELIA HEILICHER MINNEAPOLIS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL

FAQ

What is a community Jewish Day School?

As a pluralistic day school, we strive to unite all types of Jews and non-Jews. Heilicher students come from diverse backgrounds representing a wide spectrum of Jewish observance and practice with room for various points of view. Judaism is the core of Heilicher and is creatively woven into the fabric of the curriculum and daily life at school. Graduates are prepared to continue a lifelong engagement with their religion and heritage, carrying forth a great sense of responsibility to address societal needs.

What level of religious observance do Heilicher families follow?

We welcome families from diverse backgrounds representing a wide spectrum of Jewish observance. Heilicher strives to ensure that all families, regardless of their individual observance, can feel at home at our school, and can participate comfortably in school activities. We ask all families to respect classmates' levels of observance when planning celebrations such as birthday and B'nai Mitzvah parties.

How will a Heilicher experience prepare our children to function in the diverse secular community?

Armed with a strong sense of their own identity, Jewish day school children function exceptionally well in a fast-changing world. As caring, understanding individuals, they are comfortable forming new relationships in our multi-ethnic American society. Jewish day schools give children a Jewish values base from which they can make meaningful contributions in the world.

Heilicher graduates are skilled life-long learners, creative thinkers, and confident leaders who transition beautifully into high school and the secular world. Our graduates are extremely successful in both public and private high school programs as well as reputable colleges and universities. Heilicher alumni are engaged in professions, avocations, and community service in the Twin Cities and in cities across the country and the world. Many credit their years at Heilicher for a great academic foundation and formative character-building experiences that have carried through to adulthood.

When should we begin the application process?

Although Heilicher reviews applications on a rolling basis for the following school year, we encourage prospective families to begin the application process in September or October of the preceding year.

Admissions Timeline
Apply byHear by
Mid-DecemberMid-February
Mid-FebruaryMid-April
March - AugustRolling admissions pending availability

What is the admissions process?

Please visit the Admissions page for detailed description of our application process.

When will parents be notified of admissions decisions?

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 considered and accepted pending space availability.

Who should apply for financial aid?

Anyone concerned about the financial accessibility of tuition is encouraged to apply for financial aid. Heilicher is committed to a socioeconomically diverse school community. More than one-third of Heilicher families receive some degree of financial assistance. If you are interested in receiving information regarding financial aid, you may request this information when filling out an admissions application. Our Business Office is happy to answer questions regarding this process. Please contact our finance office at 952.381.3525 or email finance@hmjds.org for more information.

Who determines a family's need? Is the information confidential?

Financial assistance requests are held in strictest confidence by Heilicher personnel. Heilicher employs a third party assessor, SSS (School and Student Services by The National Association of Independent Schools) which processes financial assistance applications. Applying does not guarantee assistance. Our finance office is happy to answer questions regarding this process. Please call 952.381.3525 or email finance@hmjds.org for more information.

How long is the day?

Our school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:25 pm. We dismiss at 3:15 pm on Fridays for Shabbat.

Do you have morning or afternoon care?

Heilicher offers supervised care for Lower School (Grades K-4) students beginning at 7:15 am in the Dining Room. Although Upper School (Grades 5-8) students are not formally included in the Before Care Program, they must also remain in the Dining Room before 8:00 am. Before Care is $4 per morning for students in Lower School. There is no charge for Upper School students.

Heilicher does not provide childcare at the end of the school day. On-site care is available through the Sabes JCC’s licensed childcare program, HaBonim. Heilicher offers a selection of extra-curricular activities, which can be attended alone or in conjunction with HaBonim.

Is there a hot lunch program?

Heilicher administers its own certified kosher hot lunch program. Our kitchen is under the auspices of Minnesota Kosher. Mondays and Tuesdays are meat days; Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are dairy days. Students may bring their own dairy or parve (non-dairy/non-meat) lunch to school on any day.

Dining menu

What is the Heilicher Kashrut policy?

The Day School fosters an environment in which experiencing Jewish practice is meaningful and is nurtured in a setting respectful of diversity. We recognize that families vary in their home practices and that some children have special nutritional needs. Our kitchen is under the auspices of Minnesota Kosher. All food and baked goods served in school and at official school functions must be certified as kosher. This includes food from bakeries and grocery stores. Students may bring their own dairy or parve (non-dairy/non-meat) snacks or lunch to school. Food that is brought from home for individual consumption does not need to be certified as kosher.

Kashrut Policy

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