Please contact us if you have any additional questions about the Aleph Baeck tuition incentive program.
Q: How will this program benefit current Leo Baeck families?
A: This program is intended to bring new families to Leo Baeck, and more students at the school helps ease the financial burden of tuition on each Leo Baeck family. This program also addresses any underused capacity at Leo Baeck's North Campus, and allows for higher efficiency in our spending.
Q: Why is this program being introduced?
A: Leo Baeck is sensitive to the fact that tuition fees make a Jewish education out of reach for many middle income families. This program is Leo Baeck's way of responding to that issue. This pilot program is geared towards easing the burden for middle-income families who are sending a new student to Leo Baeck's North Campus.
Q: Where is this money coming from?
A: The program was originally seeded by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
Q: Why doesn't this program apply for families at the South Campus?
A: We are very sensitive to the creation of a financial incentive that is not universally applied. In the short term, we are piloting this program where it is needed most due to demographic realities. However, in the long-term, our goal is to extend this program to every eligible student at both campuses.
Q: My child's sibling will be going to Leo Baeck's North Campus in September. Can I apply for the incentive?
A: Yes, you may apply for the $5,000 tuition incentive if you are eligible. Families that meet the criteria will receive the incentive.
Q: How much money do eligible families receive?
A: Students of first time families entering the school's North Campus in Vaughan in September 2017 in JK, SK, Grades 1 and 2, will be eligible to receive up to $10,800 against tuition fees.*
Siblings of current students entering the school's North Campus in Vaughan in September 2017 in Nursery, JK, SK, Grades 1 and 2 will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 against tuition fees.**
*$10,800 is the maximum amount that may be granted for each new student of a first time Leo Baeck family. These funds will be paid out as follows: $5,400 in Year One, $3,600 in Year Two and $1,800 in Year Three.
**$5,000 is the maximum amount that may be granted for each new student of a current Leo Baeck family. Families that take the incentive in their child's third year at Leo Baeck will receive a $5,000 tuition subsidy. Families that take the incentive in the second year will receive $4,000. Those that take it in the first year will receive $3,000.
Q: So who qualifies to receive this?
A: For parents with one child, "middle income" is defined as a family income between $150,000 and $250,000. If parents have two children at Leo Baeck, "middle income" is defined as family income between $200,000 and $300,000, and for a family with three or more children at Leo Baeck, the definition of "middle income" is a family income between $250,000 and $350,000. Applicants will be required to sign an income declaration and provide supporting documentation.
Q: Are you offering any kind of incentive to current parents?
A: We are exploring a wide range of initiatives to help ease the financial burden for all of our families. We have invested significant resources into school improvements, most notably in academics, extracurricular activities and subsidized busing. Investing these resources in AlephBaeck helps to ensure the financial sustainability of the school in the future, thereby adding benefit to every existing family.
Q: I am applying for tuition assistance from UJA Federation. Can I still apply for AlephBaeck?
A: You may only apply for the AlephBaeck tuition incentive if you are not receiving assistance from UJA Federation's tuition assistance program.