Frequently Asked Questions
Q- Is Ezra Academy accredited?
A-Yes. Ezra Academy is accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools and the Schechter Day School Network.
Q- What percentage of the student population receives tuition assistance?
A-Ezra provides some form of financial assistance to approximately one-third of our students.
Q-What is the student-teacher ratio?
A-The student-teacher ratio is about 5:1. Small groupings and classes are very evident at Ezra. Most classes average 10-12 students.
Q-What are Ezra Academy’s Hours?
A-8:15 AM to 3:15 PM Monday through Friday. During the winter, when Shabbat starts earlier, dismissal is at 2:30 on Fridays.
Q-Where do Ezra Academy students come from?
A-Ezra Academy draws students from a wide geographic area, including, Bethany, Bridgeport, Cheshire, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Guilford, Hamden, New Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Southport, Stratford, Trumbull, West Haven, Weston, Westport and Woodbridge.
Q- Are all Ezra Academy students Conservative Jews?
A-No. All Ezra Academy students are Jewish, and while most come from Conservative families, many are Reform, Orthodox and unaffiliated.
Q- What synagogues do Ezra families belong to?
A-Ezra families are members of many different synagogues including:
Congregation Beth El, Fairfield
Congregation Beth El-Keser Israel, New Haven
Congregations B’nai Israel, Bridgeport
Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge
Congregation B’nai Torah, Trumbull
Congregation or Shalom, Orange
Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden
Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Bridgeport
The Conservative Synagogue, Westport
Kol Ami, Cheshire
Temple Beth Sholom, Hamden
Temple Beth Solom, Stratford
Temple Emanuel, Orange
Westville Synagogue, New Haven
Yale Hillel, New Haven
Q- Students spend the day in secular-academic subjects and in Judaic studies. Does this make it difficult to excel at the same pace as their peers in secular schools?
A-No, not at all. Our integrated curriculum gives students the best of both worlds in secular academics and Judaics, and provides rich opportunities for learning and experiences through scholarship, technology, service, tradition, arts and athletics. Our students have proven to forge their own paths as modern Jewish leaders in a global world.
Q- Neither parent in our home is well-versed in Hebrew or Judaics. Will this affect my child’s success at Ezra Academy?
A-While some of our families have strong Judaic backgrounds, many do not. We’ve designed our curriculum and make resources available to students and families, so that all of our students have the same opportunities to succeed.
Q-What do students do for lunch?
A-Students bring a dairy or pareve (non-meat and non-dairy) lunch to school.
Q-Ezra Academy is an egalitarian school. What does that mean?
A-It simply means that boys and girls are given the same opportunities in the classroom, in the gym, on the playing field and in the sanctuary. The one area where boys and girls are treated differently concerns head coverings. Boys must cover their heads while at Ezra Academy; girls may choose whether to do so.
Q-Do Jewish day schools insulate children and limit the diversity of their opportunities?
A-At Ezra Academy, we provide a framework of Jewish values and living from which students engage the larger world while possessing a strong sense of who they are. We take seriously our commitment to social justice and tikkun olam(repairing the world), and students take part in a wide range of activities on and off campus, including sports leagues and other inter-school competitions.