How often does each class meet?
Parsha, Dinim and Navi meet once a week for a 45-minute session.
All Chumash classes and Hebrew classes (including reading) meet twice a week for two 45-minute sessions.
Tuition is more than last semester. What happened?
Because each course is meant to be a yearlong course, tuition is now listed for the entire school year rather than per semester. The fees per course reflect that change.
Are classes offered more than once?
Dinim, Parsha, and Chumash 1 are offered more than once (both at 3:45 PM and at 5:30 PM) to accommodate the large number of students enrolling in the classes and to keep the class sizes personal enough that every student can participate in the lesson.
Do you offer a sibling discount?
Yes! A family with 2 or more children registering get a 20% discount for the second and subsequent children.
Do you offer a multi-class discount?
Yes! New for this year: the more classes you take, the more you save! See the Fee Schedule page for more info.
Why do you offer the classes you do?
The Gesher curriculum mirrors a modern orthodox day school curriculum. As a Judaic studies teacher for many years, I have developed the curriculum to be comprehensive, while boiling down each subject to its’ key elements.
How can Parsha be for kindergarteners and for 5th graders at the same time? Shouldn’t they be divided by age?
Only Chumash is divided by skill level, since certain skills are required for each level. In Parsha and Dinim, a more content-based approach is offered. After a Parsha class on Lech Lecha, a younger student will be able to tell you that Avram left his hometown for Eretz Cana’an following Hashem’s request. An older student will be able to explain to you how this act shows us Avraham Avinu’s incredible devotion to G-d.
What new classes are being offered for this year?
This year, we are offering two levels of Hebrew classes as well as a Navi class for our older students in addition to all of our regular course offerings. If there is enough interest in another class, I would consider adding that as well. Please email me for more info.
Do you offer a referral discount?
Yes! For each family that you refer that attends Gesher, you will receive $100 off your family’s total tuition.
Do you give tests?
No. We work in workbooks together in class (in Chumash and Hebrew classes), I do on the spots checks for understanding during the lesson, and informal assessments are done using projects. Students are not required to do any formal test preparation for Gesher. Students will be asked to review daily what we learn in Chumash class, but it is not required. That daily review is important for their progress - the more you put in, the more you get out.
How do you build relationships with the students in an online classroom?
During the first few minutes of every lesson, I use the time to welcome each and every student to the lesson and chat for a few moments before the lesson officially starts. Also, throughout each lesson, I'll ask for students' to share experiences related to the topic we are learning. In this way, throughout the semester, students build a relationship with me and with each other. In addition, at the beginning of the school year, I will email out a class list so that you can reach out to other parents to set up Zoom dates with other students. Many students have built lasting relationships this way!
What if I decide that Gesher is not the right fit for my child mid-semester?
If a parent or the Gesher Director make this determination, rest assured, a full refund for any remaining classes will be given.