Frequently Asked Questions about JCHS

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the tuition?

    Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $44,852.
  • Is financial aid available?

    JCHS is committed to socio-economic diversity among our students. To that end, we offer a Flexible Tuition Program.
  • 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.
  • Who should come to JCHS?

    Any student who identifies as Jewish and has an interest in learning, asking questions, and thinking creatively and independently, and who wants to enrich his/her 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 one 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 an 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, both 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. 
  • Does JCHS accommodate students with learning differences?

    JCHS provides resources to students, faculty and families who need learning and learning disability resources. 
  • Does JCHS require an entrance test?

    JCHS requires students to take the SSAT or ISEE test. These standardized tests are just one factor that we consider in our admissions process. SSAT tests are offered in October, November, December, and January. JCHS serves 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?

    All JCHS applicants will meet with our director of admissions, usually during their visit day. We also welcome parents to meet with us. You can schedule a visit by calling the admissions office at 415.345.9777 x112.
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.
Jewish Community High School of the Bay
1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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Phone: 415.345.9777

JCHS is grateful for generous operational, programmatic, and financial support from: