Admissions

Thank you for considering Hebrew Foundation School!

Our doors are always open and we invite you to see us in action – to witness first-hand the innovative teaching approaches and engaging learning that put our children first every day.

We look forward to welcoming you to our family!

For a tour of Hebrew Foundation School or to request an information package, please contact:

514-684-6270



Admissions Process


1

Come for a visit, meet the Director General and Principal and see how HFS’ core pillars of Forward Thinking, Student Centered and Jewish Living benefit your child’s personal and academic growth.


2

Fill out an application form and return it to the school with the $50 non-refundable application fee and all relevant documents such as Birth Certificate(s), Certificate of Eligibility, proof of citizenship [if applicable] and any court documents.


3

An appointment will be made with you to further discuss HFS and your family with the Director General and the Principal.


4

The Early Intervention Specialist visits the children at their daycares or pre-schools to gain an understanding of each child and how they function in an educational and social setting.


5

Families will receive written notification of their acceptance into HFS. At that time, parents must fill in and return the registration forms with a non-refundable $200 deposit to guarantee their space.


6

Enrolled families are invited to several Orientation and Welcoming events prior to the beginning of the school year.

If you are applying for the HFS Financial Accessibility Program, you must apply online at https://applefinancialservices.ca/apply.



Fee Structure

Graduates of Hebrew Foundation School are prepared for the challenging Quebec high school curriculum and have consistently ranked at the top of their classes in both academics and leadership. With our proven track record of ensuring academic and personal success for our students, an education at HFS is an invaluable investment.


HFS’ fee structure comprises a variety of value-added services which include (but are not limited to):


Differentiated instruction and innovative approaches to teaching and learning


Enriched curriculum for all students including immersion program in French and Hebrew


Technology integrated into classroom curriculum (ie: Smart Boards in all classes, computer/laptop or iPad-based projects, laptop program, etc…)


The services of an on-site Early Intervention Specialist for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students and School Counselor for all students


Extensive psycho-social programs that teach social skills, leadership, conflict resolution and communication, as well as individualized programs to meet personal needs.


All text books and course materials


Field trips



The HFS Financial Accessibility Program


In addition to the HFS Financial Accessibility Program, Hebrew Foundation School is also one of the participating schools for Federation CJA’s Generations Fund. HFS works with families to provide convenient and flexible payment options.


Worried you can’t afford an education at HFS?

At Hebrew Foundation School, we recognize that many families must make difficult financial decisions when considering their child’s education. HFS is proud to offer the HFS Financial Accessibility Program to help eligible families access a Jewish education for their children. If you would like to offer your child an education at HFS but are concerned about the implications on your family’s financial security, we invite you to apply to our program to verify if we can help mitigate the cost.

When do I apply?

Applications to the HFS Financial Accessibility Program are accepted up to the end of March the following school year. Applications for financial assistance are mediated through applefinancialservices.ca/apply.

Who is eligible?

Any family that believes their situation may qualify them for reduced tuition is encouraged to apply and to explore all options with the HFS’ Director of Finance. HFS supports families with a wide range of household income(s) and takes into consideration all relevant personal circumstances.

What information is looked at?

The HFS Financial Accessibility Program through Apple Financial Services, looks at each family individually and takes into account several factors, including household income, family size, assets and liabilities, amount you are willing to commit to paying and any personal circumstances that may affect your financial situation (ie; caring for a sick parent, temporary loss of employment, etc…)

What do I have to submit to apply?

Apple Financial Services will ask you for your last year’s tax return statements and all other relevant financial documents. A decision will be made based on the provided information.  After April 30th, when this year’s tax returns are filed, you must submit your tax statements for verification that your situation has not changed significantly.

If our family’s financial situation will not and does not change, do I have to apply every year and submit all the forms every time?

The HFS Financial Assistance Program is applicable for the school year in which it was granted. Parents must reapply and submit the relevant financial documents each year.  If another of your children enters Hebrew Foundation School, the level of assistance may increase.

What if our family is not granted assistance or is provided with insubstantial support and we would like to appeal the decision?

We invite any family that disagrees with the Committee’s decision to address a letter to the Director of Finance detailing the reasons why you believe you should be granted greater support. The Committee will re-evaluate if there is a better understanding of the family’s financial situation and if there is information that was previously unknown.

What happens after I apply?

Apple Financial Services will independently analyze and evaluate the request and will provide HFS with their recommendation. The purpose of outsourcing the tuition assistance process is to ensure confidentiality on the part of all our families applying and a fair and impartial decision based on a standardized set of criteria. Please note that Apple Financial charges an administration fee of approximately $100 per family to apply, however HFS will then reduce the cost of school fees by this amount for all families that qualify for tuition assistance.



FAQ


How many hours of…?



Gym per Week?

2x 30mins
Kindergarten
2x 1hr
Grades 1-6


Recess per Day?

15mins
in the morning
30mins
after 25min lunch
extra15mins
in the afternoon for Grades 1-3


Library per Week?

1hr
depending on the grade and teacher


Languages per Week?


French Immersion Program Language Breakdown


Section Français Program Language Breakdown



In Grades 4 – 6, the 7.5 hours of English for Immersion students includes Social Studies, English Language Arts and ERC. While Immersion is doing those 7.5 hours, Section Français students have 3 hours of English Language Arts, 3.5 hours of French and 1 hour of ERC in French.

There is a difference in the hours of Grades 1 – 3 and 4 – 6 even though they begin and end at the same time because Grades 1 – 3 have an additional recess each day.


How does HFS’ French compare to the public school French Immersion system?

In the public school system’s French immersion program, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students do 85% of their instruction in French (21.5 hours) and 15% in English. In Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6, they only do 50% of instruction in French (12.5 hours) and the remaining 50% is in English whereas HFS French Immersion students receive 22 hours in Grades 1 – 3 and 16.5 hours in Grades 4 – 6. HFS’ Hebrew hours are on top of its’ immersion French hours and are the reason HFS starts earlier and ends later—Hebrew does not take hours away from the other languages.

Because HFS has early immersion in both French and Hebrew, aren’t students behind in French or English? Isn’t it too difficult?

HFS’ Hebrew hours are on top of its’ immersion French hours—Hebrew does not take hours away from other languages. Extensive research on child development and language acquisition has concluded that students in double immersion perform better in both languages in the long-term than those in single-immersion.

Isn’t it a long day for the children?

It is a bit of a longer day, however because our learning is done in a hands-on experiential approach, children are not sitting at their desks absorbing information—they are up, active and participating in their learning, making it easier to focus. Also, our children move from class to class for French, Hebrew, Gym, Art, Dance, etc… giving them the opportunity to break up their day, re-energize and re-focus.

How do you follow the development of my child?

The Student Services team works very closely with the teachers to ensure that every child is reaching their potential. The team meets twice a month to discuss every single child in the school to ensure age-appropriate academic, emotional, physical, behavioural and social development. The team includes the Director of Students Services, Early Intervention Specialist, School Counselor, Social Development Educator, Learning Centre Coordinator and speech and occupational therapists.

How does HFS respond to the wide range of learning styles?

HFS recognizes and is supportive of the diverse learning styles of all its students. HFS’ highly-trained teachers employ differentiated instruction and creative approaches to engage students with varying learning styles. Our Learning Centre provides children who need more support with individualized attention in small groups or in one-to-one situations. The Learning Centre staff consists of a team of certified Special Education instructors trained to work with children in addressing both their strengths and weaknesses. Remedial instructors work closely with classroom teachers to implement programs in conjunction with the student’s present curriculum, as well as to accommodate their individual needs within the classroom. The objective is to maximize the opportunity for each child to progress at their own rate within the framework of the school program.

How can I justify spending so much money on education when there are great public schools in the area?

HFS, being a private Jewish day school, offers many advantages that are just not possible in the public school system. The focus is on each individual student and here, you are not just one in a group of hundreds of students. Teachers know their students and use different teaching methods to meet the needs of their group. We have specific programs in place for students at both ends of the spectrum; those that need additional support and those that need more challenge so that each child is able to achieve their best and reach their potential. And on top of that, we don’t only meet their academic needs—we focus on their emotional, social and developmental needs as well, developing the child as a whole with critical psycho-social programs that teach leadership, conflict resolution, organizational skills and more. Of course, there is also the Jewish education which provides a sense of self and identity and a strong moral foundation.

How will my child benefit from a Jewish education?

Recent studies (Chertok et al (2007)) indicate that the Jewish day school experience significantly contributes to greater social and coping skills in higher education, as well as academic self-confidence, pro-social behaviour and academic performance. Being a Jewish school we do not focus only on the academics—we foster the social, emotional, academic and character education of each child. This is not only a school—it is a home, a community. We care for each and every child as if they are our own, because they are. At HFS, Jewish Living represents learning Jewish values, ethics and morals. All of these values will prepare our graduates and give them a solid foundation to navigate through the challenges of life.

Will my child be well-prepared for high school? Where do HFS students attend high school?

When a child graduates from HFS, they are exceptionally well-prepared for the challenging Quebec high school curriculum and 98% of our graduates get into their first choice of high school. Whether they continue their studies at one of the many Jewish day schools, go to a secular private school or move into the public system, HFS graduates continually emerge as top of their classes and as student leaders. Our graduates are recognized to have the skills and strong foundation necessary to succeed in high school and carry with them a long list of achievements and distinctions along the way.

Will my family be comfortable here? I think it’s too religious / not religious enough.

Actually, our families practise and observe Judaism in a variety of ways and traditions and HFS provides an open, welcoming and inclusive environment. As a philosophy, we focus on Jewish Living—which means providing the information on what the Torah says so that our students have the understanding and the foundation and then how they practise is up to them. We also spend a lot of time focusing on Jewish values, ethics and morals—teaching our students to be good Jewish people, good citizens and mensches. These values will help them to navigate through the challenges of life.

How does HFS address bullying?

HFS is focused on providing a safe and secure environment for all children and we strongly encourage pro-social living. Our H.F.S. in HFS Campaign for Kindness program is designed for children to learn about peer mediation and anti-bullying strategies and we offer a variety of specialized psycho-social programs for all grade levels to teach conflict resolution, empathy, social skills and strategies to build healthy relationships. In addition, our Social Development Educator provides support to students in the schoolyard every recess and lunch hour to ensure positive social experiences for all children. Our approach to discipline is organized and thoughtful. It is based on child development theories and focuses on teaching and reinforcing positive behaviours. Internalizing responsible behaviours is our primary goal and prevention of inappropriate behaviours, not just the consequence, is its complement. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, to reflect on why they behave in a certain way and to learn and develop simultaneously.

How much homework is there?

At HFS, we believe learning should take place in the classroom, not at home. The school day is long enough—when children go home, they should be free to play and be children. The majority of homework given is meant simply as review to reinforce what’s been learnt during class time, though there may be occasional projects or reports in higher grades. Homework should never become an overbearing part of a child’s day and should only average around 10 minutes a day per subject. In the higher grades, this could increase slightly but still should not equal more than one hour per day in total.

Does HFS have a lunch program?

HFS provides a supervised lunch program allowing children to stay in school during lunch period. Children eat in their classes and then play in the schoolyard for approximately 30 minutes each day. When weather does not permit outdoor play, games, cards and colouring materials are provided. Our lunch time is staggered in order for children to have more space to play. Parents can also choose to participate in the HFS Parent Association Hot Lunch Program for any of the five days a week it is offered.

Does HFS have after-school or lunch time clubs and activities?

There are many lunch time and after-school clubs and activities that students can participate in that run the gamut from sports to beading to camp games to baking to babysitting courses. Activities are organized through the Parent Association and a package with all course descriptions is provided at the beginning of the school year and just after the winter break.

Do students take field trips?

Yes, there are many field trips organized throughout the school year for each grade level. From the Kindergarten apple picking trip to the Grade 6 visit to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, field trips are an extension of our belief that explorations and experiential learning are a critical part of every child’s development and academic success.



Why Choose HFS


98% of HFS GRADUATES are accepted into their first choice of high school.


Upon entering high school, on average 83% of HFS GRADUATES receive Chai Awards at Herzliah High School.


While HFS GRADUATES make up only 8% of the population at Herzliah, 18% of the Chai Award winners are HFS alumni.


Upon applying to Jewish high school, HFS STUDENTS averaged 88% (top 10 percentile) in Hebrew.


Upon entering high school, on average 75% of HFS GRADUATES make the Honours Society at West Island College (combined Headmaster’s List and President’s Honour Roll).



Recent studies indicate that the Jewish day school experience significantly contributes to greater social and coping skills in higher education, as well as academic self-confidence, pro-social behaviour and academic performance (Chertok et al ;2007).


Top Academic Achievement Awards in Secondary I and IV at West Island College in 2015-2016 went to HFS GRADUATES.


Two of the three Top Academic Achievement Awards in Secondary II and III at West Island College in 2015-2016 went to HFS GRADUATES.



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HFS STUDENTS write their government exams at the highest Langue Maternelle level and consistently rank above the national average, even though their studies are done at the French Immersion level.


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The Academic Awards of Excellence in Français, langue d’enseignement and French Second Language Enriched in both Secondary I and II at West Island College in 2014-2015 went to HFS GRADUATES.



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