Frequently Asked Questions
Which suburbs/cities do your students come from?
Our students come from Buffalo Grove, Chicago (Peterson Park, West Rogers Park), Highland Park, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Round Lake, Skokie, Wauconda, Wheeling, and everywhere in between.
What is the student-faculty ratio?
We have a fantastically low student - teacher ratio of 1:6.
When are the start and end times each day?
PreK Half Day: Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:00pm.
Pre-arranged Lunch Bunch and extended hours are available
PreK Full Day: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:45pm.
Friday 8:30am-3:00pm (2:00pm dismissal on short Fridays)
K-8: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:45pm
Friday 8:30am-3:00pm (2:00pm dismissal on short Fridays)
What is the Torah Academy dress code?
Torah Academy expects each student to dress in a way that reflects self-respect and respect for our learning environment. Beginning this school year, 2019/2020, we have initiated a sharp looking school uniform for grades 1-8.
Do you offer tuition assistance?
We are dedicated to ensuring that every Jewish family can provide an exceptional Jewish and General Studies education for their children. There are multiple external scholarships available. Torah Academy also provides need-based institutional scholarships. We are readily available to assist you through the scholarship award process. Please call our school office at (847) 243-8567 for assistance.
Does Torah Academy offer early drop off and/or late pick up options?
Prearranged early drop off and late pick up are available for an additional fee.
Early Drop Off: $6/child/day Late Pick Up: $12/child/day
After-school enrichment programs are also available throughout the school year.
What are the benefits of a dual curriculum?
The use of Hebrew as a spoken language, coupled with our progressive, integrated, experiential curriculum, develops each child’s capacity for complex learning. The study of original Biblical texts helps develop linguistics, critical thinking and analytical skills. In addition, managing a dual curriculum of Jewish and General Studies, children need to develop organizational and time management skills which lead to better study habits. Torah Academy’s challenging and multifaceted curriculum prepares our graduates for advanced study in any area of interest. Torah Academy promotes Jewish values and ethics, Torah wisdom and traditions in each individual child, and fosters a curiosity and excellence in the greater world.
With a dual curriculum, will my child(ren) learn enough secular studies?
Yes. At Torah Academy, the General Studies program is guided by the same basic state standards used in schools across Illinois and taken to a higher level. Students do not get less, they get more. Children progress at their own pace and are challenged at their level. No child is locked into their chronological grade curriculum if they are ready for more. Learning at Torah Academy is NOT boring. Our text-based Jewish curriculum sharpens the skills students need to succeed in their General Studies as well. The focus on Hebrew text and language skills trains our students to question and analyze, and to be discerning readers — skills needed to be strong readers and thinkers in any language.
Our family is not observant. Will we fit in?
Torah Academy respects students and families at all levels of observance and Jewish practice, and is a place in which families become friends with people who are not exactly like themselves. Our school community encourages these connections and a mutual respect that is not dependent on levels of observance or nationality. All parents feel accepted - not judged. It is our goal that each child and each family feel comfortable and accepted in our Torah Academy family.
Is there diversity at Torah Academy?
Our school community reflects a variety of family backgrounds, observances, synagogue affiliation, student academic strengths, and socioeconomic diversity.
Does the school offer classes in art, music and physical education?
We believe in the importance of integrating enriching disciplines throughout our day. Torah Academy has specialists in music, art, chess, coding, physical education, and STEM who teach classes throughout the week. Our students have two recess times daily to get their bodies moving and their brains energized to learn. This is one of the opportunities for children of different grades to interact with each other as a school community.
How old does my child have to be to enter Torah Academy?
Children entering Pre-K, must be three years old by the first day of school. Torah Academy is guided by the state, but as a private school we maintain flexibility in our admissions decisions based on the child’s social/emotional maturity and academic prowess. We are committed to getting to know each child who applies for admission, and together with parents, determine the best class placement.
Where is Torah Academy and what is the school facility like?
Torah Academy is located in Buffalo Grove just off of Lake Cook Road. Our suburban campus is only 15 minutes from Lake Zurich, 16 minutes from Northbrook, 23 minutes from Skokie, and 35 minutes from West Rogers Park.
This summer, our classrooms will be expanded, additional ones created, and will renovate our multipurpose space, which serves as our gym, lunchroom, auditorium and venue for community events. There is an outdoor, gated play space for outdoor recess. We are VERY excited about all the changes going on this summer!
How does Torah Academy address individual learning needs?
Our teachers get to know their students very well - their gifts and their challenges. Whereas traditional classrooms teach to the middle, leaving the bottom students lost and the top students bored, our creative, forward-thinking teachers offer open-ended assignments and tailor their curriculum expectations accordingly. Through our multi-age classroom settings, flexible ability grouping, and a low student-teacher ratio, we are able to teach each student, not subjects. Both gifted students and those that need support, blossom and succeed in our program.
What are my transportation options?
Van service from Chicago and Skokie is available to accommodate our families from those neighborhoods. Students may ride round-trip or one-way for a year-long commitment and an additional transportation fee. Routes are adjusted to accommodate ridership. Space is limited. Please call the office to reserve your spot(s). The majority of our students are carpooled to and from school.