Welcome to CHA!
We are excited for you to experience the magic that happens each day at CHA. Visit our stunning campus and you will immediately sense our welcoming, vibrant and diverse community. As a co-educational, community Jewish day school serving children from Preschool to Eighth Grade, we infuse our students with a lifelong passion for learning, inquiry and personal growth that will open the door to new opportunities as they develop into the leaders of tomorrow.
Our integrated and challenging curriculum is built upon our core values of academic rigor, character development and leadership. Our faculty and administration are committed to ensuring that your child is individually challenged to the highest level of their ability and are immersed in an experiential educational program that allows them to master fundamental skills, explore new ideas through conceptual thinking, and – most importantly – give them a strong foundation that equips them for all the challenges – academic, life, and beyond – that lie ahead. We offer a balanced learning experience by offering numerous athletic, arts and enrichment activities for your child’s personal growth and development. Our parents are our partners, and we welcome them to take advantage of our dedication to open communication and dialogue. Together, we support and encourage our children as they grow into ethical, responsible and confident young adults.
We look forward to welcoming you to our dynamic community, filled with curious students, dedicated parents and outstanding faculty who are ready to prepare your child in the journey ahead.
Rabbi Josef Fradkin
Head of School
The mission at CHA is to provide a dynamic, student-centered program of academic rigor amid cross curricular instruction that challenges students to maximize their intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual potential. We aim to instill a strong sense of identity and a commitment to meaningful and balanced living, guided by Jewish ethics and values.
CHA is an innovative school, creating opportunities for students to develop their passions, hone their natural curiosity and out of the box thinking, and explore possibilities across the curriculum. Our open learning community is comprised of diverse Jewish families, all passionately committed to fostering positive relationships between students and teachers, teachers and parents, and caring for the broader community through the principles of Tikkun Olam.
Education at its best is the ultimate partnership between parent and school, each supporting, re-enforcing and developing the child’s unique talents, qualities, skills and potential in unison. We realize that we may see your child for the majority of his/her waking hours. Our commitment is to see your child as a unique individual whose education and development you have placed in our trust. We don’t take this trust lightly. We are committed to excellence and to nurturing the whole child.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy faculty and administration are committed to ensuring that your child is individually challenged to the highest of his/her academic ability.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy Team is committed to a strong parent partnership of open communication and constructive dialogue to ensure a proactive approach to your child’s education.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy Team is committed to providing a nurturing, warm, and caring environment infused with a strong foundation of Jewish values.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy Team is committed to offering your child a balanced learning experience by offering numerous sports, arts and enrichment activities for your childs personal growth and development as a well rounded individual.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy Team is committed to having the highest level of teacher training and professional development to ensure that your child will have the skills necessary to excel and compete at the highest level.
- The entire Chabad Hebrew Academy Team is committed to imbuing a foundation of values and a love of Judaism with an understanding of tolerance, a dialogue of openness and acceptance of observance of all persuasions.
- The Chabad Hebrew Academy Pedagogical Philosophy is based upon infusing our students with a passion for life-long learning and inquiry and personal growth that will open the door to new opportunities and bring them to the forefront of constantly adapting environments in a world that is changing faster than ever before.
We look forward to you joining our family and creating the best possible environment for the development and future of your child.
With utmost appreciation and respect,
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in CHA. We know that selecting the right school for a child is an important decision, and we would like to assist you in any way that we can. We invite you to visit, talk, observe and inquire about our wonderful school.
The first step in the admissions process is to make an appointment to tour our beautiful campus. This will give you the opportunity to hear more about our award winning program, observe students and teachers in the classroom and meet with faculty and Administrators. You will soon see why CHA has earned a reputation as an outstanding Jewish Day School fostering academic rigor, traditional values and a wide-range of enrichment opportunities through our STE(A²)M program (science, technology, engineering, art, athletics and music).
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Wendy Gold Leberman
Director of Admissions
Admissions Process (Grades K-8)
Come in for a visit! Please call the Admissions Office at 858-566-1996 x1204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange a visit to the CHA campus.
Complete the application form and return to CHA. Your application is not complete without the following items:
1. Completed application packet
2. Family photo
3. Non-refundable application fee of $600 for all applicants. It must be enclosed with this completed application to begin processing. The application fee is refundable ONLY if your child is not admitted by the school. Please make the checks payable to Chabad Hebrew Academy
4. Copies of report cards for the past two years when applicable
5. Request to forward School Records Form (please fill out top portion)
6. Teacher Questionnaire (Please fill out the top portion and give it to your child’s current teacher with the envelope provided. They will mail it directly to CHA)
If Applying for Tuition Assistance:
Families wishing to apply for financial aid should follow the following steps:
– Completion of the PSAS forms
– Submittal of the PSAS fee
– Tuition assistance is contingent on the funds available and will be awarded in as timely a manner as possible and are based on financial need.
– If awarded tuition assistance, parents meet with financial aid director for signature and acceptance
Once your admission application is submitted, you will be scheduled for:
– A parent interview
– A student “Shadow Day” which consists of a school day visit and assessment for grades 1-8. Kindergarten applicants will meet one-on-one with the Teacher in late Spring.
Decision Letters will be mailed within 60 days of application completion. Please be advised that all application materials are required before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for admission to CHA.
Tuition Fees and Schedules:
– Fees and Schedules initialed and signed
– FACTS Tuition Management Account to be set up by the parent – First Payment
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!
We are proud to have awarded over $2,000,000.00 in Financial Aid funds for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to be eligible to apply for tuition assistance, the admissions packet must be completed and returned with the application fee of $600. The financial aid process is separate from admissions and does not affect a child’s acceptance.
CHA believes strongly in ensuring a Jewish Day School education to all students regardless of financial background. We provide needs-based financial aid to qualified applicants and encourage all families to apply for financial assistance. Financial aid is determined each year based on the number of applicants and available funds. Each application is carefully considered on needs and circumstances.
Tuition is determined each year by the Chabad Hebrew Academy Board. Please consult the Tuition and Fee Schedule for a complete list of tuition and fees. CHA utilizes FACTS Tuition Management Services for collecting and processing all tuition and fees. Please follow this link to set up your account or make a payment.
Completed financial aid applications and supporting documents are sent to the CHA Finance Office for review by an independent third party, PSAS (Private School Aid Service) followed by our schools outside confidential committee. All applications are handled in a confidential manner with dignity and sensitivity.
Families are notified of their awards in the spring. Funds are limited, and it is imperative that families meet all specified deadlines. Please consult the current financial aid application for these dates. Late applications will be considered, if funds are still available.
To apply for financial aid, please provide the following documents: (available for download on this page)
- Completed PSAS Financial Aid Application
- All applicants must provide 2015 W-2
- All applicants must provide copies of 2015 IRS 1040 and Schedules
For questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact Rabbi Shmuli Eber email@example.com
Is CHA accredited?
Yes, we have received a six year accreditation, the highest level awarded by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
Do you have to affiliate with Chabad to attend CHA?
No, you don’t have to be affiliated with Chabad or any particular Jewish denomination or synagogue to attend CHA. All branches of Judaism are respected and valued.
Do you need to be Jewish to attend CHA?
CHA does not discriminate based on religion, race, color or creed. Our mission is to inspire the Jewish leaders of tomorrow who will give of themselves passionately and better the the world around them.
What ages/grades do you serve?
Chabad Hebrew Academy is a community serving children from infants, starting at 6 weeks of age, through the Eighth Grade.
What are the school hours?
School hours for grades K-8 are 8:00 am – 3:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8:00 am – 2:30 pm on Fridays. Holiday/Special start and end times are published on the school calendar. Flexible scheduling is available in the Preschool. Aftercare is available school wide.
How involved are parents?
We encourage and welcome parents to take an active part in their children’s lives by volunteering at CHA. Many parents participate in activities at school on a regular basis. CHA has an active PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) and a variety of committees with parent volunteers. Additional opportunities include: volunteering in the classroom, field trip chaperones, special events and holiday celebrations.
What enrichment programs do you offer?
Students enjoy weekly art, music, science and PE three times a week. In Middle School students can choose from an array of additional electives including STEM/robotics, drama, studio art, yearbook and more. In addition, all Middle School students are involved in our Service Learning program.
Do you have before or after-care?
Children may be dropped off at 7:45 am. After-care in is available until 5:30 pm M-TH and 4:40 on Fridays.
What sports do you offer?
We are members of the IMSL (Intermediate Middle School League), and we field teams to compete during each season. Our sports offerings include: flag football, girls’ volleyball, cross country (co-ed), boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and track and field.
Do you offer Financial Aid and if so how do we apply?
Yes, Financial Aid is available to qualifying applicants. For more information, please see “Affordability” under the Admissions tab.
Do you have a hot lunch program?
Students may either bring their lunch or purchase a lunch from our hot lunch program. Please note, we are a kosher campus; meat may not be brought onto campus. However, our hot lunch program serves kosher meat meals several days per week.
Do you have transportation?
Yes, our school bus offers transportation from points in Carmel Valley and La Jolla. There is an additional fee for transportation, and space is limited.
Do you have school uniforms?
Yes, starting in Kindergarten students are required to wear uniforms. Collared shirts in white, burgundy or navy are acceptable. Girls must wear skirts or dresses to the knee in tan or navy. Boys may wear slacks or shorts in tan or navy. Burgundy shirts with the school logo are worn on Spirit Days and to all field trips.
Do you offer services for students with special needs?
Yes. Our Learning Lab offers support to students who struggle in class and need extra support.
How big are your classes?
We maintain low teacher to child ratios in our Preschool, meeting or exceeding state licensing requirements. Our ratio in the Lower School (K-5) and Middle School is 7:1.
With over 36 years of experience, Chabad Hebrew Academy Preschool Village enjoys a strong reputation as one of San Diego’s premier early childhood centers. We specialize in providing a warm and nurturing environment which encourages skills to emerge that form the foundation for future academic success and a lifelong love of heritage. We create environments and experiences that spark wonder and creativity, build confidence and skills, allow children to explore materials, and encourage a questioning mind. Our mission is to nurture the whole child, academically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. For information regarding enrollment in our program, please contact Wendy Leberman.
Language and Literacy
Our classrooms are designed so that all activities gear themselves toward the development of skills required for oral and written language, reading, expression, and a love of children’s literature. When your child is ready, we begin to teach the phonetic sounds of the letters; then we move on to word building and recognition, writing and reading.
Order, coordination, concentration, and independence are experienced by the child using Montessori math materials, and these exercises offer the children the keys that they need to send them on the road to further exploration and maturation of the mathematical mind.
We encourage children to work collaborately in a group setting. We teach concepts of sharing, caring for others and their environment. We encourage kindness in giving (tzedakah) and doing good deeds (mitzvot).
Practical Life activities help the child develop coordination, concentration, a sense of personal independence and a sense of order. The exercises fall into four major categories: care of self, care of the environment, grace and courtesy and control of movement.
In the Sensorial area children learn to recognize similarities and differences; to discriminate between similar objects; to grade similar objects. Through these exercises the child trains him/herself to observe, leading to make comparisons between objects, to form judgments, to reason, and to decide.
Each Holiday comes alive as we incorporate traditional customs, stories, and Hebrew vocabulary into each area of the classroom. We use real life experiences while learning; we taste a real rimon (pomegranate) and sound a real Shofar (ram’s horn) for Rosh Hashana; we peel and grate potatoes to fry latkes on Chanukah, or grind wheat kernels to explain the process of wheat flour in Matzah for Passover.
Children are encouraged to explore and experiment with a variety of art mediums that allow children to practice cutting, coloring, painting, gluing, threading, sewing, etc. In addition, we offer classes in music, physical education and soccer.
Childhood is a time of curiosity and inquiry — there is something new to discover every day. From the beginning, our teachers nurture children’s innate creativity and give them opportunities to learn and explore the world around them. With a low teacher to student ratio, our teachers and specialists are able to respond to the academic and developmental needs of each child, providing the individual attention that is necessary during these fundamental years. Using hands-on, interactive lessons, teachers collaborate to integrate units of study, allowing students to make meaningful connections across the curriculum. The classroom curriculum is further enriched by specialty classes in physical education, fine arts, music, Hebrew language, and science lab. In the Lower School at CHA, children are challenged to become critical thinkers in a warm and caring environment designed to foster a lifelong love of learning.
Increasing academic expectations and growing student independence characterize the Middle School experience at CHA. Students are challenged to reach their potential in each subject by caring professionals who are passionate teachers as well as role models. Students choose from exciting and cutting edge electives and have the privilege to participate and make their mark through a variety of leadership activities. Students develop the skills to manage their time and materials, and to improve their study skills as they strive to meet the expectations of multiple teachers – all of which is critical preparation for high school and beyond. While teachers challenge students to achieve their academic potential, they also act as role models and mentors as students build character, seek independence and strengthen their identities. CHA graduates leave prepared for San Diego’s top public and independent high schools with a strong sense of self, rooted in Jewish values and personal integrity.
Service learning is an exciting and integral component of the Middle School program at CHA. Students apply the values of chesed and menschlichkeit that were instilled in them throughout the Lower School years to develop, plan and execute service projects of their own design. The service learning program is a three year experience that widens in focus as students create projects for their school campus in sixth grade, the San Diego community in seventh grade, and the world in eighth grade. The final project completed in eighth grade challenges individual students to engage in the design thinking process to identify a need which they are passionate about, conduct interviews, write a proposal, and finally build a product of their own design which addresses the need. These projects are exhibited at the end of the year for students, parents and community members.
The Learning Lab is home to CHA’s team of highly trained educators whose mission is to ensure that every child learns and grows. They are our Reading Specialist, Resource Specialist, and School Counselor.
- The Reading Specialist concentrates her efforts on supporting our youngest students as they develop from emerging to intermediate readers. By co-teaching in kindergarten, first, and second grade classes daily, the Reading Specialist works with classroom teachers to facilitate small, leveled reading groups, tailored to meet the needs of each student.
- The Resource Specialist provides support and remediation so that struggling students and those with learning disabilities can succeed in CHA’s academically rigorous curriculum. Using research-backed methods that address different learning styles, the Resource Specialist works one-on-one and in small groups to improve academic skills in reading, writing, and math, as well as organizational skills and time management.
- The School Counselor supports our students through the variety of social and emotional challenges that are part of growing up. They teach classroom lessons on character education and conflict resolution, conduct social skills groups, and meet with individual students and parents as needed.
Jewish Studies/Hebrew Language
Chabad Hebrew Academy provides students with a values-based Jewish education. The academic program enables students to integrate traditional Jewish text study with standards for ethical behavior that are essential in modern society. While all levels of religious observance are respected, CHA teaches students the fundamentals of prayer and mitzvot, which are the core Jewish experiences. The school instills in students an understanding of ethics, morals, and values through an intensive exposure to Jewish texts. Fundamental to the Judaic studies program is acquisition of Hebrew language skills and a deep connection to the State of Israel. Hebrew is taught both as a living language and as the historic language of Prayer, Torah, Rabbinic text and Commentaries. At CHA, we inspire a deep and ongoing involvement with the Jewish community and a sense of belonging to the Jewish people. We nurture a connection to Israel and to Judaism, in an environment that celebrates the diversity of our community.
Beginning in kindergarten, students acquire an active Hebrew vocabulary through Hebrew language experiences and develop a love and appreciation for the language. In grades 1-5, the Hebrew curriculum is TaL AM. The TaL AM curriculum is based on the principles of communicative-heritage language acquisition. It activates learning in all frames of mind by utilizing a wide range of activities for various communication modalities. Hebrew language acquisition, the development of Jewish concepts and values, and reading and writing skill are the major components integrated in our program. In second through fifth grades, Biblical language acquisition is added to this knowledge base..
In Middle School, Hebrew language instruction is taught with the NETA program. The program cultivates all aspects of Hebrew language learning – grammar and content, conversations and literature, poetry and factual information, drills and exercises and topics for lively discussion, songs and moral dilemmas, writing assignments and independent reading, current events and Biblical texts..
At all grade levels, Hebrew is taught Ivrit b’Ivrit by our team of experienced and highly trained foreign language specialists.
Inquiry is central to learning—and doing–science at CHA. Students lead hands-on, integrated experiences, exploring and making connections across the curriculum. In our dedicated science labs, experienced and highly qualified science teachers facilitate student discovery and exploration. As students develop they learn to describe objects and events, ask questions, construct hypotheses, test those explanations against current scientific knowledge, and communicate their ideas. These process skills spiral from one interactive unit to the next and build upon each other with increasing complexity. As students progress from kindergarten through the eighth grade, they develop an in depth and hands on love for science and inquiry that informs their basis of thinking for years to come. CHA graduates are passionate and well placed to excel in the sciences in high school and beyond as independent thinkers who can understand and solve complex problems. A majority of our graduates enter honors and advanced science placement in their first years of high school.
At CHA, children use technology as a tool for learning, communication, research, analysis, problem solving and creative expression. With computers in every classroom, technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Beginning in kindergarten, students use computers to code, write blogs, conduct research and create presentations. Whether learning to read with e-books and iPads or engaging in interactive Talmud lessons on the SMARTboard, CHA students develop the digital literacy skills they need for the 21st century.
Engineering is for students who like applying science, math, and technology skills to solve complex, open-ended problems. In our cutting edge program, students have the opportunity to take courses in beginning, intermediate, and advanced robotics and engineering. Students focus on the process of defining and solving a problem, not on getting the “right” answer. Our state-of-the-art technology lab provides opportunities to develop highly transferable skills in collaboration, communication, and critical thinking into hands-on projects. The CHA Engineering Award is a sought after accomplishment. Students matriculating from our program have gone on to head large public and private high school teams in their freshman and sophomore years. There is a passion for engineering at CHA!
Creative expression is celebrated at CHA. Our dedicated and experienced arts teachers establish a “safe space” for students by fostering a spirit of openness and inclusion. Through programs and classes in both visual and performing arts, students have many options to explore and develop their innate creativity. Drama, fine art, music, choir and public speaking are all offered at CHA. Our drama calendar is stacked full of performances and concerts for the holidays, special events, and showcases of the academic curriculum. Ranging from elaborate whole school productions to poetry recitals and productions of original works, our students enjoy a variety of opportunities to blossom on stage. Students can be found in the art studio during recess and lunch working and preparing. While public schools are cutting these valuable experiences, the arts are an integral part of the CHA experience.
CHA’s athletic program gives students an opportunity to broaden their educational experiences through a variety of competitive team and individual sports. Our Middle School teams compete as members of the Intermediate Middle School League, which represents many of the independent schools in San Diego. We are proud to offer football, girls volleyball, cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, and tennis. In the Lower School, students participate in a fun-filled, active physical education program three times per week taught by trained coaches and educators. At all levels, the lessons learned on the sports field complement those taught in the classroom and are consistent with our values of menschlichkeit and sportsmanship.
The math curriculum at CHA blends discovery and discussion, projects, explorations and investigations, along with rigorous computational and problem-solving skills. Teachers encourage challenge and value mistakes as opportunities to learn. The process of arriving at one’s answer is just as important as the answer itself. Through project-based learning, math instruction is integrated throughout the curriculum, especially with applications in science and social studies.
The Lower School math curriculum builds on the fundamental mathematical strands of number sense, operations, algebraic thinking, measurement and data, and geometry. There are a wide variety of supplemental materials in every classroom to meet each child’s individual needs.
In Middle School, students are assigned to their mathematics classes based on their level of performance and interest as well as their commitment to studying math. With accelerated courses at each grade level, the most dedicated and advanced CHA students have the unique opportunity to take Geometry or Algebra II in eighth grade, years ahead of typical students in the public schools.
CHA has an active and dynamic PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization). We believe that it is of ultimate importance to work in partnership with our parents and create a community that supports and strengthens the learning environment for our children. It takes all of us working together towards a common goal to ensure that this happens.
The Purpose of the PTO is to…
- Encourage parents to attend and assist with various school activities/functions/services.
- Coordinate room parents and Teacher Appreciation.
- Fundraise to provide financial assistance where needs are identified.
- Foster a community atmosphere.
- Support the mission and vision of the school.
The PTO uses its resources, both manpower and monetary, to support all the efforts of the staff of our school. Everything we do is based on volunteers and we are always looking for those of you to help make a difference in the lives of our children. We welcome new members year-round.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist
Diversity is very important to our school community. We aspire for our students to become culturally confident leaders who can thrive in a rapidly evolving global world. Our families represent over 17 countries of origin. Hebrew, Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin, Farsi and Afrikaans are just a sampling of the languages you may overhear on campus. CHA families reside in more than 14 cities & neighborhoods across the region, including multiple students who cross the International Border with Mexico each day to attend CHA. Families attend more than 30 different Synagogues across all denominations, with approximately 19% of our school populations identifying as unaffiliated. CHA is a Community Day School that feels like a family.
Chabad Hebrew Academy
Address: 10785 Pomerado Rd. San Diego CA 92131
Head of School – Rabbi Josef Fradkin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal K-8 – Liz Earne – email@example.com
Director of Preschool – Adriana DiCarlo – firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Judaic Studies – Leah Fradkin – email@example.com
Director of Admissions and Marketing – Wendy Leberman – firstname.lastname@example.org