Admission Criteria

Applicants to the program must display sufficient academic, emotional, and social maturity, be in good health, and be willing to engage in the challenges of a dynamic Conservative Jewish community:

Academic Maturity

Applicants should be self-disciplined and able to get their homework and studying done without parental supervision. Applicants should also maintain approximately a B average and be motivated to learn and succeed in their classes. Applicants who do not meet this criteria, but who meet other criteria for admission, may need an additional interview regarding academics prior to acceptance.

Emotional Maturity

Applicants should be emotionally prepared to live far from home in a structured environment. They will be held accountable for following directions and respecting rules and guidelines. They will also need to be responsible for school work and personal health and safety. Applicants should be self-reliant yet also able to ask for and accept help when needed.

Social Maturity

Applicants should be able to handle the excitement and stress of new friendships, relationships, and dormitory living. It is helpful to have reliable social skills such as those used in schools, youth groups and other similar gatherings.


Applicants must be in good mental and physical health, and have received their full COVID-19 vaccination.


Applicants must be willing to commit to living in a Conservative Jewish community, which includes Shabbat and holiday observance, kashrut, and daily prayer services.

Application to the program requires:

  • Personal information
  • Medical information
  • Recommendations: Teacher, Guidance Counselor, and Rabbi/Educator
  • Interview (and, in some cases, a psychological evaluation)
  • Full transcript from the previous academic year and current report card
  • Application Essay
  • Study Authorization from the school guidance counselor or other school administrator
  • Submission of curriculum from home school
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