Admissions

No Day School Background?

Akiva Merit Scholarship

New students coming into our High School with no Jewish day school background who are considering the Akiva program are eligible to apply for The Leffell School Akiva Merit Scholar program, a full four-year tuition-free scholarship. Applicants for the Akiva Merit Scholarship are asked to write a supplemental essay and are asked to submit an additional adult recommendation.

Annie '21

After my first year as an Akiva student, my perspective completely changed, and I truly found out the meaning of being Jewish. Being Jewish challenges us to be more spiritual, and more compassionate people.
For more information about the Akiva Merit Scholar Program or to start a conversation about your child's place in our Akiva program, please contact Jackie Grosser at 914-948-8333, ext. 8001.

How Does Akiva Work?

In the Middle School, Akiva students are typically in a separate Hebrew class while being integrated into regular Judaic studies classes, which are taught in English.

In the High School, Akiva students are in separate Hebrew, Tanakh (Bible), and rabbinics classes.

Students remain in the Akiva program for as long as it serves their needs. Some students integrate into regular classes quickly; others continue to benefit for a longer period. We do what works for each student.

Please contact Lisa Bennett, Akiva coordinator, for additional information about the program.

Lower School families should please contact Director of Lower School Admissions Diana Schutt to learn about integrating students with no day school background.

Emily '19

This year, I didn’t just change schools and make new friends, I was able to step outside my comfort zone and have such a great outcome of a school year. I am so happy that I found a deeper connection to my religion that can only continue to flourish as the years go on.

Other Important Information

New students coming into our High School with no Jewish day school background who are considering the Akiva program are eligible to apply for the The Leffell School Akiva Merit Scholar program, a full four-year tuition-free scholarship.
Lower School Campus (K-5)
30 Dellwood Road
White Plains, NY 10605
914-948-3111

Upper School Campus (6-12)
555 West Hartsdale Avenue
Hartsdale, NY 10530
914-948-8333