Frequently Asked Questions
- What grades are offered for the 2017-2018 school year?
TASA offers grades Kinder – 8th grade will be offered for the 2017-2018 school year.
- Where is the school located?
TASA is located in the school wing of Congregation Rodfei Sholom, located at 3003 Sholom Place, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78230.
- What are the School Day Hours and the School Calendar?
TASA classes are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Fridays, for grades Kinder – 8th grade. School begins on August 23, 2016 and will end on June 9, 2017. The school calendar is available online.
- Does the school have a uniform policy and/or dress code?
TASA will require all students wear uniforms. The details of the dress code are included in the Parent Student Handbook.
- Who is allowed admission into the school?
TASA only accepts students of the Jewish faith.
- What role does technology play in the classroom?
TASA recognizes the value and role technology plays in the modern world. Students will learn about and interact with various types of technologies as part of the TASA curriculum. Furthermore, tools such as Smart Boards, iPads, Computer Labs, Digital Projectors, etc. may be used where applicable to enhance the teaching environment. However, TASA strongly believes that much of the value in private school education comes from the real-life interactions between students and students and between students and teachers and does not have plans to implement online courses as part of the curriculum.
- Will TASA hire only certified teachers? All of TASA’s secular studies teachers are certified teachers. TASA’s Judaic studies teachers will not be required to be certified, but will need to demonstrate competency in teaching as determined by TASA’s administrative staff.
- Is TASA Accredited? TASA achieved formal accreditation through the AdvancED, the largest community of education professionals in the world. Click here for more information.
- Will standardized tests be part of the curriculum? TASA believes that standardized tests are important, but what is more important is what is done with the results. TASA conducts appropriate assessments to help guide the teaching staff to determine the best ways to help and teach each individual student.
- Is TASA a Yeshiva/Religious School? No. TASA is a traditional Jewish day school. This means our school has a strict kosher policy, our prayer books follow the Ashkenazi liturgy, our students recite Birkat Hamazon (grace after meals), and the school observes all the religious holidays.
- Are girls allowed to participate as much as the boys are? Yes. Our girls participate equally with our boys in all aspects of academics and extracurricular activities. In fact, our STEM teacher, Mrs. Melvin has a focused passion for engaging our girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each student at TASA is educated in the manner most befitting their abilities, regardless of gender.
- We don’t practice orthodoxy at home, will my child fit in? Many of our families do not consider themselves “Orthodox”, “religious”, “observant”, or any similar label. However, all our families feel respected about their personal religious practice. Our teachers and administrators are sensitive to and respectful of the wide range of observance among our families – it is actually that diversity that makes us such a tight family.
- Is TASA competitive with local public and private schools?TASA’s students have consistently scored in the top rankings in the ERB’s CTP-4 examination – a higher standard test than the State of Texas’ STAAR. In addition to our strong academics, the skills our students learn in Judaic studies and by learning a second language uniquely prepare them to excel in the real world.
- Does TASA offer financial aid to families that can’t afford the full annual tuition? The Board of Directors at TASA believes Jewish education should be available to all Jewish children. Therefore, despite the high cost of education, the Board dedicates itself to raising sufficient funds to offer needs-based Tuition Assistance grants to ensure every Jewish child has access to this right. To date, no family has been turned away due to financial reasons.
- I’m worried that TASA isn’t diverse enough for my children? At TASA, our student body is comprised of families spanning the socio-economic and religious observance spectrums, making us one of the more diverse private schools in town. In addition, our school focuses on teaching tolerance and respect for others, regardless of background or race.
- My child has special needs. Does TASA have the resources to accommodate him/her? TASA has established partnerships, both with private organizations and NEISD, to accommodate most special needs. We have access to specialized tutors, counseling, or supplementary services to ensure each child gets the attention they deserve. Furthermore, with our smaller class sizes and focus on differentiated instruction, each child is taught to their ability so they can excel to their fullest potential.
- Does TASA have any after school activities for my child? TASA offers a full complement of after-school programs, including Homework Club, Advanced Art, Percussion, Dramatics, Athletics (through a partnership with I-9 sports), and Advanced Judaic Studies. TASA is also working on a chess club, Odyssey of the Mind, Tech Shop, and other after school offerings to complement our rigorous in-school programming.
- How can I get involved as a parent to participate in the school?As a part of the TASA family, the best way to engage is through the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Made up and governed solely by parents, the PTO works tirelessly to ensure the staff of the school receives the support they need to create the fun, yet rigorous environment we have established at TASA.
- I’m concerned about the school’s safety, what precautions are taken? The safety of our students is the top priority of our staff. Every day, our staff members walk the campus before school to ensure a safe perimeter. During drop-off and pick-up times when the main gate is open, staff are stationed to identify vehicles as they approach the building. Our entrances are always locked and are equipped with cameras to identify visitors. Our staff trains regularly in emergency response procedures. We have also engaged with local agencies to improve our emergency action plans.