Frequently Asked Questions

Does your school have a STEM Program?

Yes. Our Sci-Tech (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program is a two-year course of study for students interested in the world of high-tech engineering. Sci-Tech courses are taken in addition to core science courses. Students work in teams and gain the ability to access and analyze information across the disciplines of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.

If my child does not have a solid Jewish background, will he/she be at a disadvantage?

No. The New Community Jewish High School student body is a blend of students from diverse Jewish backgrounds and experiences. Jewish Studies courses are taught with consideration of individual student ability levels.

Does NCJHS provide college counseling?

Yes. NCJHS provides highly individualized counseling throughout the entire college application process that reflects each student’s interests, personality, and academic goals. Our college guidance department helps each student find his or her unique path. Whether this path leads to a campus within the University of California or California State University systems, an Ivy League university, a small liberal arts college, an art or technical institute, a college in Israel, a two-year community college, or the military, each student is supported and advised throughout his or her journey.

Do you have a Performing Arts program?

Yes. Students participate in annual musical theatre and drama productions; visual and performing arts festivals; instrumental ensemble and jazz band performances throughout the community; choir performances; the annual JamFest competition for selected local high schools; community exhibitions for high school student artists; and all-school talent shows.

My child has a passion for science. Are there science education enrichment opportunities?

Yes. Students participate in our Science Academy, an after-school enrichment program exploring the full spectrum of biological and physical sciences. Students pursue their passion for science, engage in hands-on learning experiences, and meet with scientists who expose students to some of the latest scientific findings in their respective fields. This year’s Science Academy offerings include robotics, marine biology, microbiology, forensic science, food science and colloquium featuring prominent guest MD and PhD speakers.

Is Hebrew a prerequisite or a required course?

Yes. Hebrew is a required course for all four years and our Hebrew courses satisfy the language requirement for all colleges and universities. Students do not need to speak Hebrew prior to enrollment. We have a program geared for students learning Hebrew for the first time as well as classes for students whose Hebrew skills range from beginning to advanced.

Are there learning opportunities beyond the classroom?

Yes. Our educational process is approached not only from the formal avenue of classroom instruction, but from the experiential and emotional path. Through our experiential education programs, students experience the world around them in a variety of local and national locations. Grade level trips highlight each academic year— the 9th grade “get to know you” retreat; 3 Israel exchange programs with Tel Aviv high schools featuring travel/study options for 10th graders; a Civil Rights tour of the American South for 11th graders; and a senior trip to New Orleans.

What is tuition? What additional costs should be anticipated?

Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $31,500. There are supplemental fees for items including, but not limited to, grade trips, the All-School Shabbaton retreat, Parent Organization dues, yearbook, safety and emergency preparedness needs, and Hebrew textbooks. The 12th grade fees also include graduation costs. These fees do not include bus transportation costs, textbooks which families purchase directly from the supplier, athletic uniforms, school dances, or other social gatherings, and certain specialized field trips which may occur during the course of the year. Current year fees range from $1,410 for grade 9 to $2,660 for grade 12. Tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year will be available after December 1st.

Is Financial Aid available?

Yes. The Board of Trustees is committed to providing a tuition assistance program to our families. This program enables many students to attend NCJHS who might not otherwise be able to do so.

Do you require the ISEE exam prior to admissions?

No. We review each applicant’s standardized testing from his or her current/prior school(s) as part of the admissions process. We are able to gather sufficient information from those tests without requiring applicants to undergo additional testing.

What modes of transportation and campus parking are available?

Families are encouraged to drive in carpools or to use our bus and shuttle transportation options which are offered at an additional cost. 11th and 12th grade students are permitted to park on campus.

Do you require a school uniform?

No. Proper attire sets a tone for serious learning. Clothing that is immodest or detracts from the learning environment is not permitted. Details may be found in the Parent/Student Handbook.