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Prospective Families 101

Keri Baker

Hello prospective families! My name is Keri and I am Hillel’s Advancement Director. I am your point of contact for admissions, and I am so excited to help guide you! Please take a look at the steps below which will give you an overview of what the admissions process at Hillel Academy looks like. As Step 1 says, the best way to get to know Hillel is coming in (or meeting us virtually via Zoom) for a tour! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you might have - I am here to help in whatever way you need. Please don't hesitate to call or text me at 813.538.2788

We look forward to having you join our wonderful Hillel Mishpacha!


Step 1

Come in for a tour! Visit our beautiful campus and meet with our Head of School and Advancement Director.

Step 2

Fill out the admissions application (1 per student). Click HERE to access the application.

Step 3

Schedule your student’s admissions assessment (grades K-8 only).

Step 4

If you would like to apply for any of our Affordability Programs or if you qualify for a Florida Private School Scholarship, click HERE for more information.

Step 5

Kindergarten through 8th-Grade: If all required admissions and financial paperwork is completed by January 7th, families with newly enrolling students will learn of their child’s acceptance or waitlist status in March and will then have two weeks to sign their enrollment agreement in order to secure their student’s spot for the next school year. If required paperwork is completed after this date, the admissions process will take place on a rolling basis while spots in a class still exist.

*Please see the “Admissions Timeline” below to see if you qualify for “Early Decision Enrollment”

**Parents of students who do not pass the admissions assessment will be informed immediately by the Head of School along with an explanation and recommendations for better school options.

Early Learning Center (1-year-old through PreKindergarten/VPK): As long as a family’s financial need does not fall below 75% of tuition (for the students required days and times), families with newly enrolling ELC students will learn of their child’s acceptance or waitlist status on a rolling basis throughout the year. Families whose financial need exceed 75% of tuition (for the students required days and times) will automatically be waitlisted until June 1st and will then be made aware of available spots.

In either case, newly enrolling ELC families will have two weeks to sign their enrollment agreement to secure their child’s spot for the next school year.

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Admissions Timeline

Early Decision Enrollment

October 1 - January 31

  • The best time of year to apply!
  • $50 application fee
  • If you complete the admissions and financial process by January 31st, your student is accepted, and there isn’t a waitlist for your student’s class for the next year, your child’s placement is guaranteed!
  • $500 tuition savings for signed contracts with 1-month tuition deposit by December 31; $250 tuition savings for signed contracts between January 1 - January 31
  • Note: Tuition Affordability Options - Consideration begins February 1st

Open Enrollment

January 1 - June 30

  • Next school year is approaching quickly - don’t miss out on joining the Hillel family!
  • Tuition Affordability Options - Applications are due (in Good Standing) within 2 weeks of admissions application.
  • Families of new students will begin to be informed of their admissions/waitlist and tuition status in March. Families will have two weeks to secure their child’s spot by signing the enrollment agreement and making a 1 month tuition deposit.
  • After two weeks, the offered spot will be offered to the first student on the waitlist.

Special Consideration Applications

July 1 - Day before 1st day of school

  • If there is space in a class, it’s not too late to join Hillel for the coming school year!
  • Admissions applications considered on a case by case basis
  • Tuition Affordability Programs available if funding still exists
  • 1 month tuition deposit due at time of contract signing in July
  • 2 month tuition deposit due at time of contract signing in August or September

Mid Year Transfers

During the School Year

  • We consider all mid year transfers on a case by case basis (space permitting)
  • Tuition Affordability Programs available if funding still exists
  • Tuition is prorated based on date of entry and a 2 month tuition deposit is due at the time of signing the enrollment agreement

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