Open Tent FAQs
1. What is the Open Tent Scholarship?
The Open Tent Scholarship (“Scholarship”) is a merit-based scholarship equal to seventy-five percent (75%) of SDJA’s full tuition. Once awarded a Scholarship, it will remain in effect for 5 years so long as the parent, grandparent or legal guardian remains employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency – see question 8). Scholarship recipients are not eligible for other credits offered by the school, but may apply for and receive tuition assistance in accordance with school policies.
2. How much is SDJA’s tuition?
“Tuition” is the tuition rate as published by SDJA for a particular academic year and for a particular grade. “Tuition” does not include any additional costs, including, but not limited to, costs for Learning Center services, certain educational materials and supplies, transportation services, uniforms, lunch program, field trips, certain sports activities, team sports trips, before and after school care, and after school enrichment programs.
3. Who is eligible for the Scholarship?
Children of new families entering Kindergarten through eleventh grade who have one parent, grandparent or legal guardian that is employed by a Recognized San Diego area Jewish Community Agency.
4. What are New Families?
“New Families” can be any of the following: a) families that do not currently have children enrolled at SDJA, b) families that have a preschooler at SDJA entering Kindergarten, or c) families having a child or children who previously attended SDJA but withdrew and are returning to SDJA not less than two full academic years after the date of withdrawal.
5. How many Scholarships will be available?
The maximum number of Scholarships available depends on the grade and how many seats are open in that grade after reenrollment.
6. What qualifies as a Recognized San Diego area Jewish Community Agency?
A “Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency” is an established, recognized, non-profit agency that is part of the San Diego Area Jewish community. However, if there is any debate whether an entity is an established and recognized Agency, SDJA will make that determination at its sole discretion.
7. How does SDJA determine whether someone is employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency?
“Employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency” means drawing a paycheck from a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency for full or part-time work. Volunteering does not qualify as employment. To prove you are employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency you must provide evidence of employment in the form of a W-2, 1099, or pay stub. SDJA may consider other forms of proof at its discretion and on a case-by-case basis.
8. What happens to the Scholarship if I lose my job at the Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency?
If you terminate employment at the Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency you must notify SDJA within thirty (30) days of termination. The Scholarship will end on the first day of the first month following the second anniversary date of employment termination. To remain eligible you must again obtain employment at a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency by that date.
9. Do I have to prove that I work for the Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency every year?
SDJA may annually require proof that you are employed by Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency.
10. Who has to be Jewish to apply for a Scholarship?
No one has to be Jewish. The only requirement regarding Judaism is that one parent, legal guardian, or grandparent must be employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency.
11. Does the award of a Scholarship depend on how much money we have?
No. The Open Tent Scholarship is not need based. The Scholarship is based on merit.
12. What does it mean that the Scholarship is based on merit?
Merit is not purely academic. SDJA evaluates the whole child and is interested in children who want to be at SDJA, are open to making new friends, have positive attitudes, participate in school activities and events, and regularly socialize with other students. In other words, SDJA wants to enroll children who will add to the SDJA community.
13. Can I apply for a Scholarship for more than one child?
Yes. You can apply for as many children as you have.
14. Do I still qualify as being employed if I only teach Sunday School, Hebrew School or tutor for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs?
Yes. You qualify as long as you teach or tutor as part of an organized synagogue and are paid by the synagogue to do so.
15. Does my child need to know Hebrew to qualify?
Your child does not need to know Hebrew to qualify.
16. What else do I have to pay besides 25% of full tuition?
The following is a list of additional costs that may be applicable to your child and for which you are responsible beyond your payment of 25% of SDJA tuition: costs for Learning Center services, certain educational materials and supplies, transportation services, uniforms, lunch program, field trips, certain sports activities, team sports trips, before and after school care, security fee, and after school enrichment programs.
17. How do I apply for a Scholarship?
Apply for admission and at the same time submit an Open Tent Scholarship Questionnaire. Both are available on the SDJA website. You can also click on the link below.
18. What is the deadline to turn in the application and Scholarship material and when will award recipients be notified?
There is no deadline for submitting a Scholarship questionnaire, but SDJA gives priority to students who have all of their admission paperwork in by each year’s priority registration deadline (February 1, 2016). SDJA will notify applicants as to whether or not they received a Scholarship on March 14, 2016.
19. Can I apply for the Scholarship first but wait to see if my child gets it before applying for admission?
No. No child will be considered for a Scholarship unless he or she has already applied and been accepted for enrollment by SDJA.
20. If my child is awarded a Scholarship, how long will I have to decide whether to accept it?
SDJA will hold your child’s Scholarship for seven (7) days from the date you are notified of the Scholarship award. After the seven (7) days your child’s seat will be given to another child.
21. What if my child is accepted, but does not get a Scholarship; can I apply again next year?
If your child is accepted to SDJA but is not awarded a Scholarship, he or she can attend SDJA as a paid student and reapply for the following school year, if new Scholarships are made available. This is a pilot program and new Scholarship awards may or may not be offered in future years. Regardless, families can always apply for tuition assistance toward making an SDJA education more affordable.
22. If new Scholarships are not offered in future years does that impact Scholarship Awards previously made?
No. Scholarships will remain in effect for five years once awarded.
23. Can the Scholarship be taken away?
As described above a Scholarship can be terminated if the eligible employee is no longer employed by a Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency and fails to find new employment at the same or another Recognized San Diego Area Jewish Community Agency within the required two year period. Continuation of the Scholarship also requires continuation of enrollment, which is subject to the terms and conditions of the school’s Enrollment Agreement, Parent-Student Handbook, and other SDJA rules, regulations, policies, procedures, or standards of conduct.
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