Sara Schonbach

Director of Admissions




We appreciate your interest in the Jewish Day School and look forward to helping you learn more about our admissions process.  At the JDS, we understand that learning is a life-long journey in partnership between family, school, and community.  As you consider what the Jewish Day School has to offer your child, we invite you to personally explore our school, meet our staff, and discover what makes the JDS a unique environment for learning.  Please explore our website and see for yourself how JDS students negotiate the path to success.

Application for Admission

Prospective families are required to complete a brief online application for admission. Completed online enrollment forms should be emailed to Sara Schonbach at A nominal assessment fee accompanies this form. This fee covers the cost of testing and reviewing the results.

Entrance Assessments

All students entering the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley are formally assessed.

Pre-Kindergarten applicants are screened to determine if the child is developmentally ready for our program.

Applicants in kindergarten through grade 8 are also screened to determine ability level and placement as well as appropriateness of fit between school and student.

Review of Assessments with Family

Parents will be contacted to discuss the results of the assessment and to answer any questions. You will be contacted by the Director of Admissions.

Transfer of Academic Records, Transcripts, and References

Student records are an important part of the admissions process. We request that families provide a copy of all official school records for the student applicant.

Official records include:

  • Official transcripts of grades/scholastic records
  • Standardized test records
  • Health and dental records
  • Personal health records
  • Attendance records
  • Discipline records
  • Psychological records and IEP (if applicable)
  • Teacher narratives or recommendations
  • Other available school records
Decision Communicated to Family

When a student applicant has completed all of the above steps in the admission process, the Head of School and Director of Admissions will meet to determine the acceptance of the student. At that time, families are contacted regarding the acceptance of the student. Students not accepted will be contacted with a letter of explanation.


When a student applicant is accepted, parents must enroll their child by completing the enrollment contract and making the appropriate deposit. This contract saves a spot in the class for your child and is the official registration of your child as a JDS student.