A: Nishmat Adin aims to provide its students with the best academic and Judaic program, one that meets the needs of a wide range of students from various personal and scholastic backgrounds. As the school got off the ground in its initial year, it relied heavily on hybrid remote/in-person learning, which was critical in laying the school's foundation and growth trajectory. Currently, the majority of classes are taught by Arizona-based faculty, and we are expanding to offer all core classes locally. We also work with outstanding, accredited organizations to provide additional differentiated learning opportunities, electives, advanced classes, and AP classes. In this way, Nishmat Adin is able to tailor each student's education to meet his or her own unique needs and interests. As our school grows, we plan to increase our Scottsdale-based offerings even further.
A: Nishmat Adin Shalhevet Scottsdale is currently located at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Center in Scottsdale. The JCC's beautiful building is in the heart of the Scottsdale Jewish community and offers many culinary, athletic, programming and security benefits.
A: Nishmat Adin has chosen not to utilize labels in its description of its Halachic standards, and instead focuses on concepts. The idea behind this decision is to create an environment in which people of many backgrounds can feel welcome and at home. At the same time, Halachic standards are maintained and adhered to in the everyday religious decision making for the school. This includes kosher food at all school events, calendars and programming that do not conflict with or violate Sabbath and Jewish holidays, among many other decisions. School religious decision making is under the authority of Rabbi Pinchas Allouche, who is a member of AIPAC's National Council and a member of the Vaad Harabanim, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council of Arizona.
A: Absolutely! We are proud to offer extracurricular activities in STEM/robotics, journalism, creative writing, NCSY (National Council of Synagogue Youth), Women's club, and more. In addition, as a new school, there are plenty of opportunities for students (under faculty mentorship) to form new clubs and programs of interest, enabling our students to develop their creativity and leadership skills.
A: Nishmat Adin believes strongly in fostering a warm and connected school environment, while also providing our students with opportunities to expand their Jewish social circles. Our school creates year-round opportunities for students to bond with one another, right here in Arizona (including events around the holidays, dinners, concerts, day trips, and team-building exercises). Additionally, Nishmat Adin holds trips to California and other locations roughly two to four times a year (once or twice a semester) to create enriching Jewish social and educational opportunities. While trips are highly encouraged, they are not required.
A: Please see our home page with instructions on how to apply. Also note that our $100 application fee is waived for those who apply before our Early Bird deadline.
A: Our tuition schedule includes the cost of tuition and travel costs. Thank you to our amazing, visionary supporters, who have helped make student scholarships possible. We are fortunate to be in a position to offer generous need-based aid to families.
We also work with student tuition organizations to help create long-term financial relationships that will make a Nishmat Adin education accessible to all. To that end, we are happy to work with families in making a Nishmat Adin Shalhevet Scottsdale education affordable to all.
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A: Nishmat Adin offers several AP courses across the Humanities and STEM disciplines. The acceptance of AP courses for college credit is subject to the decision of each college.
A: We have students at all different academic levels and religious backgrounds. Whether you come from a more "yeshivish" background, a more "traditional" background, or have minimal or no Judaic/Hebrew background, students are respected and celebrated fully. For those interested, we offer both an introductory and advanced Judaics tract.
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