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Frequently Asked Questions

General | Entrance Exam | Registration | Financial Aid


What is YHSA Open House?

The YHSA Open House is your opportunity to meet 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?

Yes, you may visit the school, please sign up on the web or call the school office at 310.203.3180 or

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 Director of General Studies.

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 around February.

Whom do I ask for a reference?

YULA requires two recommendations from your present school - Judaic Studies and General Studies

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.

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Entrance Exam

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 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.

What does the Entrance Exam consist of?

The applicant will take the following placement tests:
General Studies: a standardized high school placement test on the following subjects: Reading, Mathematics and Language.
Torah Studies: The test is based on Chumash skills, general knowledge (Neviim & Chumash), Gemara, and essays.

How long is the Entrance Exam?

The General Studies standardized high school placement test approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Each section is specifically timed.
The Torah Studies Entrance Exam is one (1) hour.

When do we get the results of the Entrance Exam?

After you have taken the Entrance Exam, it takes approximately 2 weeks to get the results.

How do I get the Entrance Exam results?

After your child has taken the Entrance 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?

No, we are sorry, there is no extended time for the Entrance Exam. The applicant will take the test with everyone at the same time. If you have any official documentation for your child's educational needs, please submit the paperwork to the Head of School - each case will be reviewed individually.

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 Entrance Exam. Admission is based on the Entrance Exam, transcripts from his/her elementary school, references, and the interview.

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How do I obtain a registration package?

If you are a new student, you will receive a registration package along with your acceptance letter, which is normally mailed out early February. You will have a least one month from the date of your acceptance letter to register.

If you are a returning student, registration packages are usually mailed in January before our winter break.

What do I submit to the office when I register?

  • Registration forms

  • Registration fee $795 by March 1 or $1000 after March 15

  • Technology fee $495

  • Graduation fee $500 (if a senior)

  • FACTS form (preprinted/new)

What is the deadline for registration?

For the 2014-2015 school year, the deadline is March 1, 2014.

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.  If there is a place available a registration late fee of $150.00 will apply.

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 know I have completely registered?

If your registration is incomplete the business office will send you a letter requesting the missing items of your registration package.  At the beginning of August you will receive an entry card in the mail ensuring the students clearance to attend classes.

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Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

You must first be completely registered, having submitted all forms and fees.  You must indicate on the top right corner of your registration form that you would like to apply for financial aid, send the $50 application fee and an application will be mailed to you.

What support documents are needed to apply for financial aid?

  • A completed financial aid application.

  • Federal tax returns for the past (3) years for both personal and business

  • Form W-2 or 1099 for the past (3) years for both personal and business

  • Bank statement copies from January 2010 to the current month.

  • Credit card statements for July 2010, October 2010, January 2011 and March 2011

  • Paycheck stubs for (3) consecutive months

  • Copy of auto insurance premium statement

  • Rental/Lease agreement or Mortgage statement

  • Copy of ID and SS

What is the deadline for financial aid?

The deadline for submitting your financial aid fee and documents was May 1, 2014.

What if I am missing some support documentation?

You will be notified by the business office and your application will not be processed until the document is submitted.

Do I need to be interviewed during the financial aid process?

The business office will notify you if an interview is necessary.

How is the scholarship for financial aid given?

As our resources are limited, scholarships are given on a first come first serve basis.  We try to accommodate our families’ financial need to the best of our ability.

What if I am late submitting my financial aid application?

If your late financial aid application is accepted, a late fee will apply.

How will I know the amount of financial aid I will receive?

A tuition determination letter will be mailed to you approximately 3-4 weeks after the completed financial aid package is received.

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