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Solomon Schechter Conservative Day Schools Growth Continues

Despite inflation and increasing tuition costs, the number of Conservative day schools in the United States and Canada affiliated with the Solomon Schechter Day School Association has risen to 65 for the 1982-83 school year, according to Joseph Lorch, president of the association.

He said 59 of the schools. are elementary and six are high schools. He said this compared with 62 Solomon Schechter Schools in the 1981-82 year — 57 elementary and five high schools.

Lorch reported that the additional schools for 1982-83 included four elementary schools and one high school. The new elementary schools are the Yavneh Day School in Saratoga, Cal.; the Solomon Schechter Day School of Suffolk County in Commack, N.Y.; the Hebrew Academy of the Shore Area of Oakhurst, N.J.; and the Jewish Day School of Omaha. Lorch said that the increase in elementary schools for 1982-83 over the prior school year was two and not four, because the Sarasota Day School in Sarasota, Fla., was disaffiliated and the B’nai Jeshurun Day School in Manhattan ceased functioning last June.

Most Solomon Schechter schools have raised their annual tuition by at least $200 and that pattern was expected to be repeated when tuition rates for 1982-83 are reported to the association’s office according to Chanoch Shudsfsky, assistant director of the United Synagogue Commission of Jewish Education, who supervises the day school programs.

He said precise enrollment figures would not be available until around December, but it was estimated that enrollment in the 65 schools is well over 12,000 students.

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