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Donor Makes Unprecedented Investment In Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Making First-Year Tuition-Free For Majority Of New Students

April 27, 2012

Grant Program provides significant tuition grants to all current and new students at MJDS.

On Monday, April 23rd, Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) announced that an anonymous local donor is making an unprecedented investment in MJDS’ students and school, through the “Building Our Future” Grant Program, a generous tuition assistance program available to all MJDS students. Through the program, new students entering grades 1 -7 for the 2012-13 school year will have their first year tuition completely subsidized; they will also receive sizeable tuition grants to help pay tuition in future years at MJDS. All other students, both current and new, are eligible for grants to help make tuition even more accessible and affordable.

“At MJDS, we value our rigorous academic programs, superior faculty and our commitment to instilling strong Jewish values in our students,” said Head of School Brian King. ”It is encouraging and humbling that this local donor believes so deeply in the value of MJDS that the individual is making an extraordinary investment in our students and our school.”

The “Building Our Future” Grant Program is being provided independent of financial need and can be combined with existing financial assistance programs. For many families, this program will serve to eliminate any financial barrier to attendance when used in combination with existing financial need-based programs.

“We are tremendously excited by the opportunity this program presents, not only for individual students and their families, but for the school,” said King. “The program provides MJDS with a rock-solid foundation as we build for the future, enabling us to make our exceptional education even better by enhancing recruitment and retention, enriching the size and vibrancy of classrooms and serving as a springboard for future community investment in the school.”

MJDS offers Jewish children in kindergarten through eighth grade an exceptional high school preparatory, Hebrew, and Jewish education. The value of the MJDS experience is demonstrated in the quality of their graduates and their success in high school and beyond. In addition to Hebrew and Jewish studies, students receive comprehensive instruction in all aspects of language arts, science, math, social studies, and physical education as well as creative and innovative programming in the visual and performing arts, music, and computer technology.
Additional information, as well as a schedule of open houses and school tours, is available at www.mjds.org or through the MJDS’ admissions office at 414-967-8314.

About Milwaukee Jewish Day School:

Founded in 1981, Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) is an independent, co-educational school for Jewish children from kindergarten through eighth grade and Milwaukee’s only community day school. MJDS is affiliated with the prestigious Jewish Community Day School Network - RAVSAK and is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). MJDS embraces children and families from across the spectrum of Jewish observance and is pluralistic and egalitarian in all classes and programming. MJDS is a partner agency of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

About the Building Our Future Grant Program:

The Building Our Future Grant Program is a generous tuition subsidy program created through an unprecedented investment by an anonymous local donor. The program will serve to make an MJDS education more accessible and affordable to both current and new families and make MJDS’ already exception education even better by enhancing recruitment and retention, enriching the size and vibrancy of classrooms and programming and serving as a springboard for future community investment in the school.

Under the program, families of new MJDS students enrolling in Kindergarten will receive up to a $2,000 tuition grant for both Junior and Senior Kindergarten and up to a $2,000 per year tuition grant for 1st through 8th grades. New students enrolling in 1st - 7th grades will receive a full tuition grant for the first year and up to a $4,000 per year tuition grant for up to four years. New students enrolling in 8th grade will receive up to a $4,000 tuition grant.

Families of MJDS students currently enrolled at MJDS as Junior and Senior Kindergarten students will receive up to a $2,000 per year tuition subsidy for eight years. Families of current 1st through 7th grade MJDS students will receive up to a $2,000 per year tuition subsidy for three years.

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