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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a community Jewish day school?

According to Marc Kramer of RAVSAK, the purpose of a community Jewish day school is to demonstrate the enduring power of Judaism as a living, breathing and evolving way of life that, by design, has room for various opinions, practices, and all kinds of Jews.

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What makes Tucson Hebrew Academy a community Jewish day school?

THA was founded in 1971 with a commitment to educating Jewish children in a pluralistic, co-educational environment. We are a Jewish Community Day School, egalitarian in every way, and a member of RAVSAK, the Community Day School Network. Our student body reflects the diversity of the Tucson Jewish community, and our families come from Secular, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Inter-Faith, non-Jewish and unaffiliated homes.

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Why choose a Jewish day school?

Jewish day schools offer smaller classes, a low teacher-to-student ratio, and a professional and passionate faculty committed to the needs of the individual child. Jewish day schools not only strengthen the students’ connections to Jewish life, but also provide rigorous academic challenges to prepare them for high school, college and beyond.

According to a study conducted by Brandeis University and commissioned by PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education), former Jewish day school students are more resistant to social pressures that lead to binge drinking and other risky behaviors than their public or private school peers. They are more likely to become involved in socially responsible activities, such as community volunteerism and advocacy, than their public and private school peers.

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Why choose the Tucson Hebrew Academy?

Families who choose the Tucson Hebrew Academy seek a challenging educational and supportive environment for their children. Our reputation for academic excellence is built upon a superb faculty, a challenging dual curriculum, and small class sizes.  Here, children become confident and independent students, learning the skills and Jewish values that will last a lifetime. Our multi-ethnic, inter-disciplinary and integrated curriculum guides students toward academic excellence, strong critical thinking skills, and pride in their Jewish heritage.

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Is THA Accredited?

THA is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation & School Improvement.

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What professional Organizations does THA belong to?

The Tucson Hebrew Academy is a member of PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education), RAVSAK (Jewish Community Day School Network), NCA (North Central Association), NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools), AAIS (Arizona Association of Independent Schools, charter member of TAIS (Tucson Association of Independent Schools).

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What does THA look for in an applicant?

The Academy looks for applicants who are well-rounded, curious and can benefit from a rigorous academic program.

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How are general and Judaic studies taught?

THA’s curriculum provides a unique multicultural, interdisciplinary, integrated program within a moral and ethical framework.

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Will my child be academically prepared for high school?

Yes! Our graduates are extremely well prepared for the academic challenges and social experiences of high school. They are active in their schools and are routinely honored with Dean’s List distinctions, National Honor Society membership, and National Merit Scholarship Competition awards.

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Are extra-curricular activities offered at THA?

All Middle School students are encouraged to participate in after-school athletics. Our students participate in theTucson Independent Athletic League Conference, (TIAL) competing against teams from area middle schools. Our boys’ basketball team has gone undefeated and has been city champions for the last two years. Our fencing team won 1stplace in the interscholastic tournament this year. We also participated in MATHCOUNTS, a nationwide math competition for middle school students, where our team earned first place. The Middle School students also participated in Destination ImagiNation and qualified for the Global Finals. Students in the lower school and middle school may perform in our annual musical productions.

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How long is the school day?

School begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Early care is available from 7:00 AM at no additional charge.

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Is there tuition support if I need it?

Yes. Please visit the Financial Assistance area.

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