Frequently Asked Questions

What year was SHA founded?


What is SHA’s enrollment?


Does SHA serve the Orthodox community exclusively?

Though a majority of our students are Orthodox affiliated our students are a diverse group hailing from 19 different Seattle zip codes.

Does your child have to be Jewish to attend SHA?

Yes. SHA follows halachik matrilineal decent. The mother must either be born Jewish, have completed a Va’ad approved orthodox certified conversion, or is currently being sponsored by a Va’ad certified rabbi for conversion process.

What is SHA’s total budget?

$3.7 million

What is this year’s tuition?

Tuition for the 2017-18 school year is:

$17,200 – Lower School, Grades K – 5

$18,500 – Middle School, Grades 6 – 8

$5,500 – $14,350 Early Childhood, 1 – 4 years old as of August 31

How many K-8 students are in the tuition assistance program?


How large is the SHA campus?

The campus has total floor space of 68,000 square feet, and is located in a woodsy section of Capitol Hill. The historic brick building was built in 1909, and houses both, Early Childhood, 12 months – 5 years, and our K-8 program. In addition to the seventeen classrooms on five floors, our building also features a cafeteria, EC admin offices, EC “Nest” for parents, Learning Center, School Admin Office, Behar Library, Art Room, Science Classroom, Science Lab, Math Classroom, and Gladstein Auditorium for cultural and religious activities. Additionally, the 1950’s era Admin building includes our Ari Grashin Gymnasium with full-size basketball court and a climbing wall, administrative offices, kitchen, and a conference room. Our newly designed breezeway includes our Tile Mural and the new SHA Galleria, featuring student art.

Is there bus transportation?

Bus transportation is available to and from the Seward Park area. Bus transportation costs are paid for by the parents.

What are the essential elements of SHA’s curriculum?

SHA’s focus is on providing an excellent program for both Jewish and General Studies, which is common core aligned. We provide differentiated instruction for students in our classrooms, and offer additional services for students who are above or below grade level through our learning center. Here are some of our curriculum highlights:

  • iTaL Am in 2nd grade
  • Conversational Hebrew
  • Digital Literacy
  • K-8 Hands-On  Science Curriculum (Based on NGSS)
  • K-5 Social Studies through Storypath
  • Wired for Reading
  • Math Connects
  • Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Framework
  • L’havin U’L’haskil
  • Origins and Holocaust Units
  • Eighth Grade Israel Program and Trip
  • Project Based Learning in both Jewish and General Studies
  • Middle School Girls’ Matan
  • Middle School Technology Class including: coding, design thinking and engineering

SHA also has a number of specialty classes that enrich and integrate with our curriculum.

  • Social Skills through Second Step
  • Jewish Music
  • Art
  • MS Advisory
  • Physical Education
  • Middle School Electives such as: Art, Multimedia Production and Life Skills

What is SHA’s approach to Early Childhood?

Our Early Childhood program is licensed through the Washington Department of Early Learning and is based in an emergent curriculum, highly influenced by each child’s abilities, interest and culture. Serving students from ages 1-5, our program provides a warm, family-like atmosphere, welcoming a diverse, Jewish student population.

SHA’s EC  school seeks to develop students who are skilled in self-regulation, building relationships, and oral language skills within our loving, nurturing and safe environment for the children and their families. A dynamic environment provokes investigation, exploration and meaningful learning experiences. Using a developmentally appropriate approach, we integrate math, science, literacy, art, and English and Hebrew languages into activities in every classroom. Everyday Jewish living and holiday celebrations are integrated into the environment and our daily routines. Documentation, reflection, collaboration and professional development are visible in our emergent curriculum program.

What are SHA’s school-wide initiatives?

Project SHAlom – Along with SHA’s overall implementation of Positive Discipline, Project SHAlom is SHA’s school-wide positive behavior system.  The focus is on teaching students school-wide expectations, using consistent language and reinforcement throughout the school, and putting additional structures in place for students who need more support.

SHA New Teacher Mentoring Program – SHA worked with Brandeis University for three years to develop a program to induct new teachers into professional life at our school.  In addition, we have reviewed and revised our hiring practices, created standards for excellence in teaching, and structured a mentor program to continue the learning of every teacher at SHA.

Bully Prevention – Led by our school counselor, SHA has studied nationwide best practices in bully prevention and created SHA’s own bullying policy.  Students, staff and parents all receive training in recognizing and preventing bullying behavior.

Does SHA offer extra-curricular activities?

  1. Athletic Program: a majority of Middle School students participate in sports each year. The Middle School sports program runs from late August through late March.  Sports offered include: Basketball, Cross-Country, and Volleyball (girls only).  When Middle School sports ends, Lower School students in grades 3-5 have the opportunity to participate in basketball. SHA has learned that good academics and good athletics go hand in hand.
  2. After School Programming: After school classes are offered several days a week from 3:30-5:00 / 5:15 pm. Classes appeal to an array of athletic and academic interests.  Student interest is critical, as we require a minimum enrollment to offer a class.  Examples of these classes are: Drama, Coding, Guitar, Art, Golf, and Chess.

Does SHA offer adult learning opportunities?

SHA offers weekly courses for adults in Talmud and Parsha.

How does SHA compare to other schools in Admin costs?

SHA’s comprehensive 2015 audit by Jacobson Jarvis & Co, certified public accountants, showed that SHA spends 10% per student on Admin cost in comparison to 23 other schools whose average amount spent is 17.35% per student.