(JTA) — Pittsburgh’s Jewish day schools are offering free tuition to new students in grades 3-11 for the coming school year.
The initiative is being paid for by the three schools — the Community Day School, Hillel Academy and Yeshiva Schools, all in the residential Squirrel Hill neighborhood in the east end of the Pennsylvania city — as well as by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future.
The free tuition program is for local, permanent residents who apply to one of the day schools for the first time and meet admission guidelines. The student must currently be enrolled in any school in Allegheny County and must be enrolled at one of the day schools prior to the start of the 2011-12 school year.
Nearly 900 students combined are currently enrolled in the three schools. Tuition ranges from more than $4,600 to $14,000 per year, depending on the school and the child’s grade.
“Pittsburgh Jewish day schools provide the highest quality private school education coupled with a deep and lasting connection to Jewish values,” said Chuck Perlow, chairman of the Pittsburgh Jewish Day School Council. “With a strong connection to this community, Hillel Academy, Community Day School and Yeshiva Schools are working collaboratively to give more children and their families the opportunity to experience all that a Jewish day school education has to offer.”