Q. Where is the school located?
A. We are located at 804-A Winview Drive, easily accessible from Friendly Avenue.
Q. At what age does B’nai accept students?
A. We accept students into our Toddler classroom at 12 months old. We are in the process of building an infant room. We hope to have it open for the 2017-2018 school year. Ask us about it!
Q. What are the school hours?
A. B’nai Shalom provides early drop off for all families beginning at 7:30am at no extra charge. We highly encourage all kindergarten through eighth grade families to take advantage of our car-pool lane that is open from 7:30am until 7:50am.
Preschool – 8:30am until 1:00pm
Kindergarten through eighth grade – 8:00 until 3:20pm
Q. What type of after-school childcare does B’nai offer?
A. B’nai Shalom provides care for all students until 6:00pm. Please see our Kids’Care forms for more information.
Q. What is the student to teacher ratio?
A. At B’nai Shalom, we keep our ratios lower than the state requirements.
Toddler Room – 4:1
PS 2/3 – 7:1
PS 3/4 – 6:1
Pre-K – 8:1
Lower and Upper School Average - 8:1
Q. How is B’nai’s school day divided between General Studies and Hebrew/Jewish Studies?
A. Our school days are very full. In addition to a challenging general studies schedule, students experience Hebrew and Judaic studies daily. Additionally, whenever appropriate, themes and concepts are taught utilizing an integrated approach. For example, when studying an upcoming holiday, discussion takes place in Hebrew and English. Students may produce a related art project, utilizing math, science, music, literature and the visual arts in their planning and execution. Judaic studies are viewed as yet another opportunity to foster independent and critical thinking, and promote meaningful community service. Our graduates successfully move onto the finest schools. They excel academically and have a clear understanding of the importance of making a positive difference in the world.
Q. How does B’nai address individual learning needs?
A. At B’nai Shalom, we take our cue from our students – and are particularly attentive to student individuality. The question, “What is best for the student?” is at the core of all decisions. Each student is unique. Therefore, policies as well as learning and behavioral expectations are established in a broad manner that allows for individualized decision-making that reflects our respect for the individual students and their needs, both those needing extra support and those requiring enrichment. Differentiation is embedded in our curricular choices and teaching methodology across the subject areas. We celebrate the developmental stages of learning and provide for each student’s unique timetable for unfolding their abilities.
Q. What if we do not read or speak Hebrew?
A. It is not necessary for parents to either read or speak Hebrew in order for their child(ren) to be successful B’nai Shalom students.
Q. What level of observance do B’nai families follow?
A. We welcome Jewish children and families for all affiliations; in fact, a great number of our families Reform, Conservative or Orthodox, and all rabbis are welcome at B’nai Shalom. The goal of B’nai Shalom’s religious policies is to ensure that all children, regardless of their individual home observance, can feel at home at B’nai Shalom, and can participate comfortably in school activities. We do ask all families to respect classmates’ levels of observance when planning smachot (celebrations) such as birthdays and B’nai Mitzvah parties.
Q. What is meant by a Community Day School?
A. B’nai Shalom Day School prides itself on its affiliation as a community day school. This means that we are not aligned with any particular synagogue or religious movement; rather, we seek to embrace students and their families from across the Jewish spectrum. We work to build understanding and collaboration among Jews with different beliefs and practices: to establish a true community. Our goal is to develop respect for and comfort with all levels of practice.
Q. Do I need to belong to a synagogue/temple to apply?
A. Synagogue/Temple affiliation is not required for admission to our school. Our student body represents the full spectrum of Judaism and includes children and families who
Q. Does my child need to be Jewish to attend B’nai Shalom?
A. Our preschool is open to the entire community, meaning all families are welcome to take advantage of our extraordinary preschool regardless of faith. Once your child(ren) enters kindergarten, we do require that one parent be Jewish.
Q. Do you need to be “religious” to go to a Jewish day school? I don’t know if my family is “Jewish enough” – will our child feel comfortable at B’nai Shalom?
A. What is great about B’nai Shalom is that our population – students, parents, and staff – represents the entire spectrum of the Jewish community. Our students come from different backgrounds, different levels of Jewish knowledge and different levels of home observance. We foster an environment of mutual respect in which we appreciate differences and learn from each other.
Q. My child has never attended a Jewish day school and is entering first grade (or beyond). Is it too late to start?
A. No, it’s not too late! We welcome new students to the school who may not have a strong Hebrew and/or Jewish Studies background. During the school year students are provided Hebrew and Jewish Studies assistance during the school day.
Q. What are the benefits of a dual curriculum?
A. Recent studies suggest that people who master more than one language build a more resilient brain. They are more proficient at multi-tasking, and are better able to set priorities. B’nai Shalom students begin learning Hebrew from day one, and these young minds quickly gain proficiency in a second language. This not only provides them with a sound cultural foundation, but also wire their brains to accelerate learning in all academic subjects.
Q. Lunchtime and snacks: What do I need to know?
A. B’nai Shalom values and respects the varied approaches to the laws of kashrut (keeping kosher) that exist within our community. Our observance of kashrut is guided by the concern that all members of our community feel comfortable eating at school functions. Therefore, we ask parents to send in a dairy/parve (prepared without meat, milk or their derivatives) snack and lunch for their child every day that they are in school.
Q. What about music, art, technology, P.E. and recess?
A. We believe in the importance of integrating all these disciplines throughout our day. In addition, B’nai Shalom has specialists in music, art, and P.E. who work with each grade every week. In grades kindergarten through eighth grade, students will attend P.E. at least 4 days each week (in addition to their daily recess).
Q. What is B’nai’s dress code?
A. All students are required to be appropriately dressed according to the established dress code. B’nai Shalom requires each student to dress in a way that reflects respect for the learning environment and which meets appropriate standards of good taste, cleanliness, and neatness. B’nai Shalom believes that students should come to school ready to focus on educational pursuits in this Jewish learning environment.
Q. What kind of standardized testing does B’nai use?
A. Our students, kindergarten through eighth grade, take the M.A.P. Test (Measures of Academic Progress). It is a research-based, computerized assessment that helps our teachers answer a crucial question: Are my students learning? The M.A.P. test provides precise, real-time information about every student’s learning triumphs and challenges, it sets educators—and students—up for success. Each student takes the M.A.P. test at the beginning and end of each school year. Teachers receive instant feedback as soon as each student finishes his or her test. Students take the test on their iPad in their classroom.
Q. Is B’nai accredited?
A. We are accredited by SAIS (Southern Association of Independent Schools). This prestigious and highly sought after accreditation puts us in a community of excellence with other top independent schools in the Triad area.
Q. What technology do students use?
A. Our 21st-century students use laptops, iPads, smart boards, Osmos, and a wide variety of apps to explore, connect and create. The set of technology benchmarks for each grade builds on the skills learned the previous year. Kindergarten through fourth graders have a class set of iPads in their classrooms. Students in grades 5 through 8 have individually assigned iPads with keyboards attached. We do have a laptop cart with 30 laptops that are available for the teachers to check out as needed.
Q. Does B’nai Shalom offer financial assistance?
A. B’nai Shalom recognizes that the cost of a private school education may create a significant financial challenge for some families. We are committed to making a B’nai Shalom education accessible to as many families as possible. We now offer a program, Indexed Tuition, that helps more families attain an excellent Jewish day school education.
Indexed Tuition is similar to programs used by other private schools. It matches each family’s tuition level to their unique financial situation, thus making a B’nai Shalom education affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community.