Bnos Chomesh Academy Registration Form
Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about our school. Reading these few paragraphs before going through the lengthy application process can help you determine whether Bnos Chomesh is a good choice for your daughter.
Bnos Chomesh Academy FAQ's
Your Basic Questions Answered Here
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF BNOS CHOMESH?
Bnos Chomesh is a girls’ high school in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Its goal is to provide a warm and nurturing school environment where students can thrive academically, socially and spiritually through discovering their individual strengths. Bnos Chomesh students are encouraged to excel in all areas, even if they had not attained success in their previous school experiences. Our motto is: All around success, nothing less!
IS BNOS CHOMESH CERTIFIED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION?
Bnos Chomesh is a New York State Board of Education certified school. We offer a dual curriculum consisting of half a day of Judaic studies and half a day of secular studies. Our students receive a Judaic studies diploma as well as a New York State Regents diploma upon completing all of their school requirements, including passing a minimum of 5 regent exams.
WHAT DOES THE DAILY SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
Monday through Thursday school starts at 8:40 and ends at 5:00. On Sunday school starts at 9:30 and ends at 3:00. Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:00 every day. Each day consists of eight academic classes and one non-academic elective. Electives include: art, music, dance, sports, health, and creative writing, and the choices vary from year to year. Students are given a list of electives at the beginning of the school year, and they choose one elective per day which they will stick with for the year.
HOW BIG ARE THE CLASSES?
Class sizes are small, up to 15 girls per class. We focus very much on individual goals of academic, personal, and spiritual growth. Skill-based classes, such as math, English language, and Chumash are divided by level across the grades so that these classes are even smaller.
DO YOU OFFER ANY SPECIALIZED SERVICES?
Students who have IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) from the board of Education receive their services in school unless otherwise specified by the parents. Services available in school are: P3 tutoring, speech and language therapy, and counseling. P3 tutoring may take place in a one to one setting or in a small group of up to eight students. Small groups are more common, and are employed unless there is a specific need or a Board of Ed mandate for one on one. Students who are not eligible for Board of Ed services because they do not have an IEP, may receive some individual or small group tutoring based on an in house evaluation of their needs. If your daughter has learning difficulties or social/emotional struggles, and has not been evaluated through the Board of Education in New York State, please contact the Committee on Special Education to schedule an evaluation before applying to Bnos Chomesh. To schedule an evaluation appointment, please contact Arlene Rosenstock at (718) 968-6200.
WHAT DOES INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION LOOK LIKE IN BNOS CHOMESH?
A personalized education is the hallmark of Bnos Chomesh. We recognize that each student is coming to us with her own story and that there will be times when she requires “a little extra something,” whether that is an allowance to come late one day, exemption from a course, or a cup of cocoa. We strive to meet each student’s need while still encouraging and supporting her through a structured high school learning experience. We encourage parents to apprise us of their daughter’s needs, whether they are ongoing, such as a medical condition, or temporary such as an out of town family simcha that necessitates an extra personal day.
DO YOU HAVE BNOS CHABAD AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
Bnos Chomesh has a full range of exciting programs that enhance the learning experience. From Shabbatons to trips to weekly study groups to farbrengens for special days, there is no shortage of fun and inspiration both in and out of school. We do a yearly musical production which serves to highlight our students’ many talents, whether they are artistic, musical, or super organized. We love when parents get involved in suggesting or organizing these programs!
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE OUT OF TOWN STUDENTS?
Bnos Chomesh has students from all over Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. Occasionally we accept students from more distant locations. The Rebbe has told us that Crown Heights is “Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habracha.” As we know, a bracha needs a keili in which to reside. When a child is in a protected environment of her own home, our work with her has a chance to achieve great results. She is a delicate keili that is guarded by vigilant parents. When a child is boarding, whether with friends or a family member, the level of supervision is unlikely to be the same as in her home environment. For this reason we do not take it upon ourselves to arrange boarding.
We do ask that you follow these guidelines when securing boarding for the student/daughter:
-The boarding home is a relative of the parents (grandparents, aunt/uncle or married siblings of the student) or a close family friend whose home upholds the same standards as the student's home of origin.
-The boarding home maintains a Chassidishe atmosphere. There is no television, non-Jewish music, or laxity in Tznius or Kashrus standards.
-Internet filters are in place. These should be verified with the BCA administration.
-Strict curfews will be established and the “boarding parents” are capable of maintaining these curfews. This includes having strictly enforced consequences for any violation of curfews.
-The boarding parents will be consistently in touch with our school staff. They will take responsibility for the student in all aspects of her life during the time she is in Crown Heights.
-The out of town student is held to a stricter standard of behavior outside of school. This is because of the school’s increased level of responsibility to out of town students.
-All boarding homes are subject to the approval of our school’s administrative team.
HOW DO YOU COMBAT THE INFLUENCE OF OTHER GIRLS?
Every school has a wide variety of students. Variations are seen in areas of physical health, academic ability, emotional health, social functioning, and Ruchnius. At Bnos Chomesh there is no one particular type of student, and like every school, our students vary greatly in all of the aforementioned modalities. It is safe to say that we have a larger percentage of students who have had unsatisfying previous school experience and possibly life experiences, and that this may have dampened their enthusiasm for general learning, as well as for Yiddishkeit and Chassidishkeit.
The small size of our student body automatically means that your daughter has a limited pool of friends to choose from at BCA. She may therefore, choose friends who are from backgrounds that are very dissimilar to yours, or who have struggles or influences that may cause you concern. This is not a preventable situation in a school of our size, and it is important for you to be aware that your daughter might gravitate to schoolmates you don’t approve of.
Please be aware that although we do everything in our power to create a Chassidishe environment and promote socially, emotionally, and spiritually healthy behavior, we are in no position to offer guarantees about who and what will influence your child. We therefore urge you to be very honest with yourself about the ease with which your daughter is influenced by her peers. Also please be aware that even the strongest girl can find the one friend, in any environment, who influences her negatively. (We have had parents enroll their daughters in our school to get them away from negative influences in other schools.)
WHAT DO BNOS CHOMESH STUDENTS DO AFTER THEY GRADUATES?
Bnos Chomesh graduates go on to a wide variety of post high school experiences. We strongly encourage a seminary year and have good communication with the seminaries around the world. We have a 12th grade class adviser who works individually with the seniors to help each of them choose a post high school path that best suits her needs and abilities. Parents’ concerns are addressed early on in the senior year and we do our best to guide students in the direction their parents prefer. Also of note is the ongoing communication we have with our students post-graduation. We are in touch with 90% of our former students on a regular basis, which just goes to show that you can take the girl out of BCA, but you can’t take BCA out of the girl!
WHAT IF MY DAUGHTER HAS AN IEP OR A MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS?
The more we know about your daughter, the easier it is for us to determine whether our school is the right fit for her. If it is the right fit, it helps us meet her needs in the best way possible.
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