Frequently Asked Questions
What is YULA Open House?
The YULA Open House is your opportunity to meet students, faculty, and administration. You will get a taste of the academic program and all of the extra-curricular activities.
Can I make an appointment to visit the school?
We would love to meet you! Please contact the admissions director for the division.
What is the procedure for applying to YULA?
Submit an application with the fee, take the Entrance Exam, provide all references and transcripts, then schedule an interview with Head of School and other members of the Administration.
For more details, please visit the Admissions Process pages.
When are admission decisions made?
After all paperwork, fees, exam, interview are submitted and completed, the Admission Committee will review all applications and letters will be sent home at the end of February.
Whom do I ask for a reference?
YULA requires two recommendations from your present school - one from a Teacher or Administrator from the Judaic Studies department, and one from a Teacher or Administrator from the General Studies department.
How long is the interview?
The interview is approximately half an hour.
Who should attend the interview?
The student must come with at least one parent – both are recommended.
What part of the tuition and fees is tax deductible?
No part of the tuition or fees is tax deductible.
My child cannot take the Entrance Exam at the given date, what do we do?
We strongly recommend that your child take the test on the scheduled date – if this is not possible, please call the school office to schedule a test.
Does my child need to take the Entrance Exam - he/she is a straight "A" in school?
Yes, every applicant to our freshman class must take the Entrance Exam.
Is there anything to study to prepare for the Entrance Exam?
The YULA Entrance Exam is comprised of an HSPT (High School Placement Test), designed to measure the General Studies skills acquired by the first quarter of eighth grade, and a Torah Studies component in all areas of general knowledge. These are basic skills tests that do not require study or preparation.
My child is transferring for 10th, 11th, or 12th grade to YULA – does he/she need to take the entrance exam?
No, the entrance exam is given only for entering freshmen, unless the administration requests it. Transcripts should be sent with the application.
How long is the ISEE Entrance Exam?
The exam is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Each section is specifically timed.
When do we get the results of the Entrance Exam?
After you have taken the exam, it takes approximately 2 weeks to get the results.
How do I get the ISEE Entrance Exam results?
After your child has taken the exam, please call the school office to schedule an interview with the Head of School. At the interview, the Head of School will review the results with you and give you a copy of the results.
My child needs extended time - is there extended time for the Entrance Exam?
Yes, the ISEE Entrance Exam has various accommodations for diverse learners. For more information, please see the ISEE Accommodations pages.
My child is not a good "test-taker" – what happens if he/she doesn't do well?
Admission to the school is not only based on the ISEE Entrance Exam. The admissions committee also takes into account transcripts from his/her elementary school, references, character, middot and the family interview.
Once I am accepted, how do I register?
You will receive registration instructions along with your acceptance letter, which is normally sent out in late February. Registration is completed online, similar to the application process. You will have two weeks from the date of your acceptance letter to register.
What do I submit to the office when I register?
You will login through your account on MyBackpack and will be prompted to update your contact information, complete the enrollment contract, and pay the registration fee.
What is the deadline for registration?
The deadline changes each year. For more details, please visit the Admissions Process pages.
What if I am late submitting my registration package?
Registration is accepted on a first come first serve basis. We encourage early registration to secure your place in class.
Can I submit my registration forms without the registration fee?
No. Your registration is not considered complete until the registration fee is paid.
How do I apply for financial aid?
The deadline changes each year. For more details, please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid pages.