Frequently Asked Questions about JCHS

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How much is tuition?

    For the 2020-2021 academic year, the tuition is $49,725
  • Is financial aid available?

    JCHS is committed to socio-economic diversity among our students. We want this quality education to be available to any Jewish student who wishes to apply to JCHS regardless of their financial situation. Families who feel they may qualify for our Flexible Tuition Program are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • How do students get to school?

    JCHS charters a private bus, based on interest, to transport students from the East Bay, Peninsula, and Marin based on interest. We also assist in the coordination of carpools and alternative forms of transportation. We are centrally located near a number of MUNI lines, including routes 33, 38, 31, 22, 2, 3, and 4. To read more about transportation, visit our Transportation page.
  • Does JCHS accept transfer students?

    JCHS has limited space available in the ninth, tenth and eleventh grades. We generally do not encourage transfer students into the senior class unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as a family relocation. To inquire further about transferring into JCHS, please call our Admissions Office.
  • What kinds of students thrive at JCHS?

    Any student who identifies as Jewish and has an interest in learning, asking questions, and thinking creatively and independently; students who want to enrich their high school years with Jewish values. Sharing this common focus, our students come from a variety religious traditions, nationalities, economic backgrounds and family configurations. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Judaic studies is necessary.
  • Is JCHS affiliated with any particular branch of Judaism?

    JCHS is truly a “community” high school, which means that we embrace students and their families from across the Jewish spectrum. This allows us to create a pluralistic environment where our different beliefs and practices are welcome, respected and shared.
  • What are the differences between JCHS and other private, independent schools?

    JCHS shares many of the same benefits of top independent schools – including experienced educators, small classes, and an individualized approach to learning. Our primary difference, however, is the Jewish education – reflecting all styles of Jewish expression and culture – that we provide in addition to a challenging college preparatory curriculum. In this structure, students have the opportunity to explore ethical dilemmas and their own values--as Jews and as global citizens. Our students successfully move on to the finest universities equipped with sophisticated analytical skills and an understanding of the importance of making a positive difference in the world.
  • How does JCHS accommodate students with learning differences?

    JCHS is committed to supporting students with learning differences through our Learning Support Programs. Our Student Support team provides integrated educational support as well as resources to students, faculty, and families. They also engage in continuing professional development for our faculty and staff and work closely with students and families to ensure that the needs of all our students are communicated thoroughly and met with individual care.
  • Does JCHS require an entrance test?

    JCHS does require students to take the SSAT or ISEE test], however, it is important to understand that these standardized tests are just one factor among many that we consider in our admissions process. 

    SSAT tests are offered in October, November, December, and January. JCHS can also serve as a Flex Test site in order to accommodate applicants with special circumstances. You can visit for information about registration and deadlines. The JCHS code for the SSAT is 4230. 

    ISEE test dates and information can be found on their website at The JCHS code for the ISEE test is 054293. Please include these codes so that we can view your results.
  • Is an interview required?

    At JCHS getting to know you as a person is an integral part of our admissions process. All JCHS applicants interview with a member of the Professional Community. This interview may be scheduled after the applicant has submitted Part I of their application along with the application fee. We also highly encourage parents to tour the school and meet with us. You can schedule a visit by calling the admissions office at 415.345.9777 x112.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415.345.9777
JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from:
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.