The Rashi School, the Boston area’s Reform Jewish K-8 independent school, recently announced two new initiatives that will support the distribution of more than $2 million in financial aid annually. These creative grants, funded by local Rashi philanthropists, will help area students and families become part of the welcoming and inclusive Rashi community. The Rashi School offers one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country.

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Ilyssa Greene Frey, Rashi’s director of admissions, explained the significance of these grants. “Our goal is to make a Rashi education even more affordable and accessible by creating incentives at specific entry points,” said Frey. “Families sometimes assume they aren’t the right fit for financial aid or that their household income is too high to qualify. In reality, many families may be eligible for assistance through these new grants, our traditional financial aid process or our clergy incentive program.”

Innovative Tuition Incentives: Realize Rashi and the Jewish Communal Professional Grant

These two new grants award reduced tuition to qualifying families. Realize Rashi, created specifically for new kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 students, is a three-year grant for new families applying a child(ren) to kindergarten, grade 1 or grade 2 for the 2022-23 school year who do not receive traditional financial aid or other incentives. Per student, this grant provides $10,000 for year one, $8,000 for year two and $6,000 for year three, applied to tuition. The Realize Rashi grant is available to 18 students from families who are brand-new to The Rashi School.

The Jewish Communal Professional Grant provides an annual $6,000 per student to a family where one or both parents are full-time, 12-month employee(s) of a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Jewish community. Eligible parents must complete a short form accompanied by a letter from their employer verifying their current status of employment.

Rashi offers a traditional need-based financial aid program through School and Student Services (SSS), a third-party service. Families awarded traditional financial aid may receive up to 50% in additional aid for after school, transportation, middle school trip fees and certain other incidentals.

Both the application for admission and the various financial aid applications for 2022-2023 are open now; more information can be found here. For questions and assistance, please contact Rashi’s admissions office at The deadline for financial aid applications is Jan. 31, 2022.

Frey noted the significance of a well-rounded Jewish curriculum in this day and age. “With our integrated Jewish and secular academic program, social-emotional learning and Jewish values-based environment, a Rashi education is the most important investment parents can make in their child’s future,” she said. “The kindergarten to eighth grade years are when children develop the foundational preparation, critical thinking skills and relationship with Judaism that will determine their success not only in their next schools but as adults and members of society. Choosing Rashi now means a lifetime of benefits.”

The Rashi School Kindergarten Class
(Photo: The Rashi School)

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