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Notes for Prospective Students
Who should come to JCHS?
Any student who identifies as Jewish and has an interest in
learning, asking questions, and thinking creatively and
independently, and who wants to enrich his/her high school years
with Jewish values.
Sharing this common focus, our students come
from a variety religious traditions, nationalities, economic
backgrounds and family configurations.
No prior knowledge of Hebrew
or Judaic studies is necessary.
Is JCHS affiliated with one particular branch of
JCHS is truly a “community” high school, which means
that we embrace students and their families from across the Jewish
This allows us to create an environment where our
different beliefs and practices are welcome, respected and
What are the differences between JCHS and other private,
JCHS shares many of the same benefits of top independent schools
– including experienced educators, small classes, and an
individualized approach to learning.
Our primary difference,
however, is the Jewish education – reflecting all styles of
Jewish expression and culture – that we provide in addition
to a challenging college preparatory curriculum.
In this structure,
students have the opportunity to explore ethical dilemmas and their
own values, both as Jews and as global citizens.
successfully move on to the finest universities equipped with
sophisticated analytical skills and an understanding of the
importance of making a positive difference in the world.
Does JCHS have student clubs and athletic
This year JCHS has more than 20 student-run clubs including the
Literary Magazine, Jam Band, Yearbook, Bay Area Academic League,
BBQ Club, and award-winning Interfaith Teen Council.
(student government) oversees school-wide events, including
all-school Shabbat retreats, a ski trip, and prom.
Click here to
learn more about clubs at JCHS.
There are a variety of
varsity and club athletic teams, including basketball, volleyball,
soccer, baseball, tennis, dance, and ultimate frisbee.
How about the arts?
The JCHS arts department offers every student the opportunity to
explore multiple modes of expression: visual, dramatic and musical.
For visual artists, we offer studio art, art history, photography,
printmaking, and sculpture.
Our 200-seat, state-of-the-art
Performing Arts Theater houses our three annual plays – a
musical, a comedy and a drama – and is the showcase location
for student talents in dance, singing, jazz, classical and modern
instrumental music and our annual Arts Evening.
Does JCHS accommodate students with learning
JCHS has a full-time Director of Educational Support who
provides resources to students, faculty and families who need
learning and learning disability resources.
How do I schedule a campus visit?
To schedule a campus visit, please contact the Admissions Office
at 415.345.9777 x124.
Click here to learn more about your
shadow visit or parent/guardian tour.
We also invite you to RSVP to
one of our fall open houses on Sunday, November 4 or Sunday,
December 2 from 11:30 a.m.
to 1:30 p.m.
Does JCHS require an entrance test?
JCHS requires students to take the SSAT or ISEE test.
standardized tests are just one factor that we consider in our
SSAT tests are offered in October, November,
December, and January.
You can visit http://www.ssat.org/ or
http://www.iseetest.org for information about registration and
The JCHS code for the SSAT is 4230.
ISEE test dates and
information can be found on their website at
The JCHS code for the ISEE test is
Please include these codes so that we can view your
Is an interview required?
All JCHS applicants will meet with our Director of Admissions,
usually during their shadow visit.
We also welcome and encourage
parents to meet with us.
You can schedule a visit by calling the
Admissions Office at 415.345.9777 x124.
What is the tuition?
Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $34,900.
Is financial aid available?
JCHS is committed to socio-economic diversity among our
To that end, we offer a Flexible Tuition Program.
How do students get to school?
JCHS charters a private bus to transport students from the East
Bay, Peninsula, and Marin based on interest.
We also assist in the
coordination of carpools and alternative forms of transportation.
We are centrally located near a number of MUNI lines, including
routes 33, 38, 31, 22, 2, 3, and 4.