If you have used the Eligibility Calculator and learned that you are likely eligible for CJP Discover Day School Checks, you are ready to take the next steps. If you have not yet tried the Eligibility Calculator, we encourage you to do so before carefully reviewing this section.
What does it mean if the calculator says I qualify?
If the Eligibility Calculator says you qualify for a CJP Discover Day School Check, it means that based upon the information you provided you are within the zone of “middle tier” income families whom this pilot program targets. The calculator does not guarantee you will receive a CJP Discover Day School Check. You must submit a CJP Discover Day School Application for verification. If you are approved, you will be issued a CJP Discover Day School Check.
Find the right fit for you and your child by visiting the schools in person and meeting the faculty, parents and other students. Many day schools provide opportunities for you and your child to visit. Younger students may visit for craft, story and song hours. For older students spending a day at the school with their potential class is a wonderful opportunity to see school in action. For a complete listing of our day schools and links to their websites, visit Our Schools page. JewishBoston.com is also a valuable resource for day school event information.
We encourage you to file your application early as it will be processed in the order received. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed to CJP by March 15, 2019 in order to assure the availability of your CJP Discover Day School Check (if verified). Pending available funds, a waitlist will be created for applications submitted after March 15th. After review of your application and determination of eligibility, a CJP Discover Day School (DDS) Check will be sent to you by email. The DDS Check is redeemable at any of the 10 elementary/middle day schools in the Greater Boston area and will cover 25% – up to $6,000 – of your child’s tuition. However, reimbursement to the day school of your choice for the value of the DDS Check will be contingent upon your submission of a copy of your filed 2018 IRS Form 1040 no later than May 6, 2019. Please contact the day school of your choice for tuition information to determine the exact amount that your CJP Discover Day School Check will cover. For example, if kindergarten tuition is $20,000, CJP will reimburse the day school $5,000.
Receipt of a CJP Discover Day School Check does not indicate that your child has been accepted to a Jewish day school. Your child will need to go through the regular admissions process at the school(s) of your choice. Only those students accepted to a day school can submit the CJP Discover Day School Check to their school.
Deadlines for day school admissions applications: Dates vary depending on each school, however most applications are due between the end of January and beginning of March. See individual school websites and admissions materials for details.
We encourage you to consider also applying for financial assistance at your day school(s) of choice. You may be eligible for significantly more financial assistance from a day school than the value of your CJP Discover Day School Check. Remember, you must choose between accepting financial assistance (for any children) from the school and using a CJP Discover Day School Check. We encourage families to speak with a day school financial assistance representative to learn more about applying for financial assistance.
Note that some schools have implemented additional cost saving programs designed to dovetail with the CJP Discover Day School program. In some circumstances, a family may receive both a CJP Discover Day School Check and school-based cost-savings. Please see individual school websites found on the Our Schools page to learn more.
Day schools generally notify families of acceptances and financial assistance decisions in mid-March to early April and require Signed Intentions (agreements/contracts/deposit) for incoming students in April . CJP Discover Day School Checks are valid through April 8, 2019 and must be submitted to your school of choice by that date. When you submit your Signed Intention, you will need to choose between accepting financial assistance provided by the school or using a CJP Discover Day School Check.
Until we have received a copy of your filed 2018 tax form, the DDS Check is provisional. CJP will reimburse the schools directly for the covered part of tuition contingent on receipt of this form.
CJP commits to provide two additional CJP Discover Day School Checks for the subsequent two grades (for 25%, up to $6000 each year) to families who receive and use CJP Discover Day School Checks for their incoming student provided the family continues to meet eligibility criteria.
If you have further questions, please refer to our FAQ