Philosophy

Kadima Day School is committed to making its education accessible to families with as wide an income range as possible, and to do so in a way that is respectful of those families whose circumstances prompt them to apply for tuition reductions. The philanthropic support of our families, along with donors who have made a long-term commitment to keeping Kadima’s tuition affordable and sustainable, allows Kadima to offer tuition at all three of our divisions at well below the average cost of a Jewish education. In addition, Kadima is pleased to have the ability to also offer limited, need-based financial assistance for families who qualify.


Policies

1. Regular tuition is set as follows: ECEC (ages 2-5): $11,600; Elementary School (K-5): $14,200; Middle School (6-8): $15,200. Additional fees include a New Student Fee, PTO fee, Security fee, and Tuition Refund Plan (required for payment plan). For a comprehensive breakdown of tuition and fees, please see our Tuition & Fees page.

2. Kadima uses the Independent School Management Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) tool to provide a need-based financial aid analysis which ensures that our process for establishing financial need adheres to nationally established standards of best practice.

3. Families seeking financial aid must file an online application through FAST. Financial aid assessments are made for one year only; families must re-apply each year.

4. All information from FAST is kept confidential, as is all information pertaining to a family’s financial aid request and award. Financial aid materials should never be sent to the school. The application must be completed online via FAST’s website, and all supporting material must be sent to FAST in Wilmington, DE.

5. FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather, FAST provides Kadima with a report which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. A confidential Financial Aid Committee reviews each application and recommends allocation of financial aid resources for the next year.  If the Financial Aid Committee requires clarification of a financial aid application, the family will be contacted directly.

6. Applications for financial aid for returning families are due on December 31, 2018. Applications for financial aid for new families are due on February 28, 2019.

7. Families are required to submit supporting tax information to complete their financial aid application. Deadlines to submit supporting tax information are listed below. A preliminary financial aid award will be completed based on the 2017 tax information and included in the enrollment contract accompanying an offer of admission.

8. Because of the time-sensitive nature of tuition assessment, families who apply for financial aid must file their taxes on time and may not file for an extension with the IRS.


Procedures

1. Complete the financial aid application online no later than December 31 (returning families)/February 28 (new families).

A. Access the financial aid application by clicking on the button below:

B. The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program, allowing you to partially complete an application, save it and access it again at a later date.

C. There is a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 to be paid by credit card prior to submitting the application to FAST. If the fee would constitute a financial hardship, or you do not have a credit/debit card, please contact Arnold Rudnick, Director of Finance, (818) 346-0849 ext. 322.

2. Keep a copy of all materials submitted for your files.

3. After completing the online application, you are required to mail a copy of your complete 2017 tax information (both state and federal taxes with all schedules and W-2s) to FAST no later than February 1, 2019.

All supporting materials should be mailed to FAST at the address below. Include the school’s name on the outside of the envelope to ensure the fastest processing of your application:

Independent School Management
ATTN: FAST Processing Center
1316 North Union Street
Wilmington, DE 19806

4. Should you have any questions about the financial aid policies or procedures, please contact Arnold Rudnick, Director of Finance, via phone (818-346-0849) or email (arudnick@kadimadayschool.org).

Kadima Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial assistance programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Kadima’s need-based scholarships are provided in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The Jewish Federation works to identify and address the greatest challenges and opportunities in Los Angeles, Israel and around the world. The Jewish Federation has partnered with Jewish day schools for over 30 years to provide financial aid support to offset the high cost of Jewish day school. Partnering with elementary, middle, and high schools across all denominations, the Federation’s goal is to help make Jewish day school more accessible to families.

In addition to the above resources, Federation supports Jewish day schools in a myriad of ways – through partnerships with the Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) to promote professional development, access to government benefits, and capacity building, as well as impactful Federation programs such as our LA/Tel Aviv Global Teen Twinning Program, which connects 20 schools in Los Angeles with 20 schools in Tel Aviv and one school in the Baltics. For the 2019-20 school year, the Federation remains committed to opening new doors to Jewish Day School education and helping returning students with special circumstances and financial need remain in these communities. Our school has the opportunity to submit students’ names to the Federation for scholarship consideration.