Solomon Schechter Day School

Frequently Asked Questions

Exposing my child to diversity is important to me. Won’t sending them to a Jewish school be too limiting?
Although our students are all Jewish, they are also African American, Asian, Hispanic, Russian, South American and Israeli. They have diverse socio-economic backgrounds, diverse family situations, diverse learning abilities, diverse physical abilities and even diverse Jewish backgrounds. In additions, at SSDS we have frequent collaborations with other schools such as the Salaam Academy (a Moslem school), Acoma Pueblo, Catholic schools and others. A more important consideration should be: how often does your child get to experience being part of a Jewish community to the degree they can at a Jewish Day School? After SSDS your child will go on to a school where they are part of a tiny minority. This is the only opportunity they have to live immersed in their own culture, enabling them to develop a strong self identity.

We are not observant Jews. Will we feel comfortable at Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS)?
SSDS welcomes families at all points along the spectrum of Jewish identity, from intermarried to observant, if the families have made a commitment to raise their children as Jews. Great care is taken to present Jewish experiences as opportunities for celebration and for learning without being judgmental.

My child has never studied Hebrew. Will he/she be behind?
Hebrew is not a prerequisite for attending our school. We have new students each year in every grade. In first and second grades tutoring is provided to bring students up to the level of their classmates, and in third through fifth grades, students are divided into level-based Hebrew classes.

I want my child to get into a good, private school. Can Solomon Schechter Day School compare with other private schools in academic preparation?
Yes. Statistics show that we are on par or ahead of other private and public schools in preparing our students to succeed. SSDS graduates’ acceptance rate into the top Albuquerque private schools nears 90 percent. In addition, the majority of our students who attend private middle schools test into higher academic tracks. Many of our graduates choose to continue their education at a public or charter school. These graduates attest to finding the transition to a new school easy, and feeling well prepared.

Are there any clear advantages, beyond the positive cultural self identity, to Hebrew and Jewish studies at Solomon Schechter Day School?
SSDS offers unique learning opportunities that are beneficial to student success. Research shows that foreign language study (especially a language with different letters like Hebrew) benefits students in other academic areas. Through Jewish studies, students develop reading comprehension, critical thinking, research and debate skills. Finally our small class size makes it possible for teachers to attend to students’ individual needs and abilities, whether that be more help in certain areas or the opportunity to move ahead of a grade level in another.