FAQ'S

Answers to your most frequently asked questions

General

GENERAL

We’re proud to serve over 970 students in our five divisions, ranging from Junior Pre-K through Bais Medrash. The divisions are headed by our team of expert administrators who work tirelessly to ensure that each division stays aligned with our mission to shape the next generation of Bnei Torah and Bnos Yisroel.

Roshei HaYeshiva
Rabbi Binyomin Luban
Rabbi Yisroel Y. Niman

Rabbi Mordechai Palgon
Early Childhood Education

Principal

Rabbi Kalman Baumann

Director

Mrs. Talia Levine

Klurman Elementary School

Principal

Rabbi Kalman Baumann

Principal (Boys)

Rabbi Noam Grossman

Assistant Principal (Boys)

Rabbi Gavriel Grossman

Assistant Principal (Girls)

Mrs. Miriam Deitsch

Rohr Middle School

Principal

Rabbi Ephraim Palgon

Assistant Principal

Rabbi Zev Weiner

General Studies Principal

Mrs. Staci Berri

Dr. Abe Chames High School
Menahel and Rosh HaYeshiva – Rabbi Mordechai Palgon

Secular Studies Principal – Rabbi David A. Levine

Dormitory Mashgiach – Rabbi Yosef Deitsch

Administrator – Rabbi Yaakov Dreyfuss

Administrator – Rabbi Yehuda Bergida
Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra
Rosh HaYeshiva and Maggid Shiur – Rabbi Binyomin Luban

Rosh HaYeshiva and Maggid Shiur – Rabbi Yisroel Y. Niman

Maggid Shiur – Rabbi Yaakov Kier

ADMISSION

Our admission process is entirely online, for your convenience. (Although we encourage you to visit us during your family’s search for the right school. Seeing us in action is the best way to learn about our Yeshiva! Schedule your appointment here.)

An overview of our admission process is below. For a detailed breakdown of each step, please visit our Admission – How it Works page.

1) Apply Online
2) Complete Division-Specific Requirements
3) Decision Notification
4) Register & Apply for Financial Aid

We invest in the finest resources, faculty and curriculum to ensure your child receives the finest education. A full breakdown of our tuition, fees and discounts can be found on our Tuition page.

We believe a quality Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies education is a necessity for every Jewish child, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Approximately 80% of our families are on scholarship. Parents can apply for tuition assistance from YTCTE once eligible government resources have been exhausted.

Full details can be found on our Financial Aid page.

If you’re not sure what your family is eligible for, please contact Mrs. Rivka Leah Hauser at (305) 947-9744 x312 or rhauser@ytcte.org.

Students must be in compliance with the Florida State Health Department immunization schedule and protocols in order to attend YTCTE. Religious exemptions will not be accepted for any of the Florida State required immunizations. Medical exemptions are acceptable, subject to Florida Law and upon approval of YTCTE’s Medical Advisory Committee.

STUDENT LIFE

Below is a breakdown of YTCTE’s school hours by division. These hours are subject to change on certain days (i.e. staff development days, etc.), so please check our school Calendar for special hours.

 Early ChildhoodElementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh SchoolBais Medrash
SunNo schoolBoys

Grades 3-5: 9am-12pm
9am-12:05pm

7:45am-1:15pm

Honors Classes dismissal: 2:15pm

7:30 AM -10:45 PM
Mon-Thurs

8:30am-3pm

After School Care available. Learn more here

8:30am-4pm

8am-4:45pm

Thurs Mishmor dismissal: 5:30pm

7:30am-6:15pm

*see High School section for Mishmor details

7:30 AM -10:45 PM
Fri

8:30am-1:45pm

After School Care available. Learn more here

8:30am-2:15pm8am-2:15pm7:30am-1:45pm

7:30 AM -12:00 PM

During the winter (non-DST)

7:30 AM -1:00 PM

During the summer (DST)

At this time, we don’t offer before school care. For the convenience of our parents, we open the carpool drop-off for each division 15 minutes before the start of the school day.  Below is a breakdown of drop-off times.


Our divisions offer some form of after school care, clubs or programs from Early Childhood through Middle School. Visit our Extracurriculars page to see a list of offerings.


Early ChildhoodElementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School
Carpool drop-off begins 8:00am


After School Care**


Mon-Thurs: Until 4pm

Friday: Until 2:15pm

Carpool drop-off begins 8:00am


A variety of after school clubs and programs** are available throughout the year
Carpool drop-off begins 7:45am


A variety of after school clubs and programs** are available throughout the year
School may have set hours but our Bais Medrash is open for learning as early as you get here until you leave

**Charges apply

Yes! We offer bussing options for Junior Pre-K through Middle School. A breakdown of the routes and transportation options is below.

Early Childhood Elementary School Middle School High School
There is transportation from Hollywood, Miami Beach and Aventura. Pickup times and locations vary by route. The bus is scheduled to arrive at school at 8:15am and leaves campus at 4pm. (Early Childhood students will need to stay in after school care or clubs from 3-4pm.)

Charges apply
There is transportation to Hollywood and Miami Beach.

Charges apply.
No transportation available at this time.
Your child’s safety is our top priority. Both of our private campuses are surrounded by 6-foot tall gated fences. All access points are locked 24/7 and under constant video surveillance. Guests are required to check in with security and all other access is controlled through assigned key cards or car transponders.

The Klurman campus, which houses our high school and bais medrash divisions, has 1 part-time security guard. We recently increased security on the South Campus, with our early childhood, elementary and middle school divisions, to guards. Our guards conduct frequent patrols to ensure the campuses are safe and secure.

Additional plans to expand security are in development and we’re working closely with law enforcement officials to ensure your child has a safe learning experience at YTCTE.
Yes. An overview of the meal and snack options by division is below.

Early Childhood Elementary School Middle School High School
Snacks are served in the morning. (100% treenut free and peanut free)

Hot lunches may be ordered through the parent portal.*
Hot lunches may be ordered through the parent portal.* Grade 8 only: Breakfast is provided.

Hot lunches may be ordered through the parent portal.*
Breakfast is provided.

Hot lunches and dinners may be ordered online or in the front office.*
*Charges apply

Yes – for students and adults!

We also ask that all adults come to the campus in a respectful manner, in accordance with the tznius standards of the Yeshiva. This honors the holiness that is inherent in the Yeshiva as a Torah institution, and sets a good example for our students. Men must wear long pants and yarmulkes. Women must wear dresses or skirts that cover the knee, blouses that cover the collarbone, and sleeves that cover the elbow.

Below is a brief summary of the dress code for students. For full details, please refer to the student handbook.

Early Childhood

Boys must wear tzitzis, shirts with sleeves and a yarmulke.

Kindergarten girls must wear dresses with sleeves or skirts and blouses with sleeves.

Elementary School-

Boys

Regular Uniform: Solid white, light blue, navy blue, or hunter green polo shirt with a collar. Navy or black pants.

Official Uniform Day: White collared 3 button polo shirt with the YTCTE monogram. Navy pants.

Elementary School-

Girls

Regular Uniform: Solid white, light blue, navy blue, or hunter green polo shirt with a collar. Plaid or navy pleated jumper or skirt.

Official Uniform Day: White collared 3 button polo shirt with the YTCTE monogram. Plaid pleated jumper or skirt.

Girls in grade 3-5 must wear long sleeves and knee socks

Middle SchoolBlack or navy pants. Solid light colored button- down shirt with a collar. All black shoes/sneakers. Jacket for davening.
High SchoolBlack, grey, or navy pants. Solid light colored button- down shirt with a collar. Formal dress shoes. Hat and jacket for davening.

Boys and girls are in the same classes in our Early Childhood division. Starting in Grade 1, the boys’ and girls’ classes, curriculum programs and activities are separate.

Academics

OVERVIEW

We’re proud to hold accreditations from and to be affiliated with multiple esteemed educational institutions. Each of these organizations has rigorous requirements for participating or affiliated schools. These include the highest standards for curriculum, faculty, student achievement, school management and overall school safety.
MSA-CESS – Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools
NCPSA – National Council for Private School Accreditation
AISF – Association of Independent Schools of Florida
CAJE – The Center for Advancement of Jewish Education of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
RSA – Rabbinical Seminary of America
Torah Umesorah – National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.

We strive to maintain small classes and low student-to-teacher ratio in each of our divisions. This enables our rebbeim, moros and teachers to provide a highly personalized learning experience and support to every student.

 Early Childhood

Each classroom has 1 teacher and 1 assistant, with an additional rotating assistant in the Pre-K classrooms.

Grade

Maximum Students

Junior Pre-K

16

Pre-K

20

Kindergarten

18

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Maximum Class Size: 24 students

Each grade has assistants, as needed.

Average Maximum Class Size: 20 students

Each grade has assistants, as needed.

Average class size 13-18

In each of our divisions, the school day is structured to enable children to explore the richness of their Jewish Heritage and Mesorah and delve into the beauty of learning Torah while simultaneously developing the tools they need for a successful future.

An overview of each division’s school day is below.

Early Childhood Elementary School Middle School High School
The school day is divided into half
Limudei Kodesh and half Secular Studies.
The school day is divided into half
Limudei Kodesh  and half Secular Studies. For motivated students, there’s also the option of extended
Limudei Kodesh.
Sun: Limudei Kodesh Enrichment followed by regular Limudei Kodesh classes until 1:15pm
Mon-Thurs:
Limudei Kodesh/Tefilah 7:30am-2pm Secular 2:10pm-6:15pm
Fri:
Limudei Kodesh 7:30am-12pm Secular  Enrichment until 1:45pm

CURRICULUM

In addition to the individualized instruction we provide to every student, which is tailored to their unique learning style, needs and abilities, our instructors incorporate a variety of adaptive learning tools into the classroom. Every tool is carefully selected based on its ability to enhance our students’ learning experience while helping them master grade-level curriculum.

A tech savvy Rebbe also assesses the safety of all technology offered to our students.

All Divisions Mimio Boards: A fully interactive whiteboard for more engaging, collaborative lessons
Early Childhood
Kindergarten
Waterford computer program: For reading, math and science. Every student has their own profile. During each learning session, each child is assessed and given work that’s tailored to their level.
Elementary School
Grades 1-3
SuccessMaker: For reading and math, twice a week. Every student has their own profile. During each learning session, each child is assessed and given work that’s tailored to their level.
Rolling Chromebook Classroom: For a variety of subjects. During each class’ scheduled Chromebook Classroom time, students check out a Chromebook for an interactive learning experience that boosts their engagement with the curriculum material.
Elementary School
Grades 4-5
I-Ready: For reading and math. Every student has their own profile. During each learning session, each child is assessed and given work that’s tailored to their level.
Rolling Chromebook Classroom: For a variety of subjects. During each class’ scheduled Chromebook Classroom time, students check out a Chromebook for an interactive learning experience that boosts their engagement with the curriculum material.
Middle School Reading Plus: For improving reading efficiency and fluency. Every student has their own profile. During each learning session, each child is assessed and given work that’s tailored to their level.
Google Classroom: For a variety of subjects. Streamlines assignments and boosts student collaboration and communication.
Rolling Chromebook Classroom: For a variety of subjects. During each class’ scheduled Chromebook Classroom time, students check out a Chromebook for an interactive learning experience that boosts their engagement with the curriculum material.
High School Media Center: Classes come to our Media Center, located in our library , with their teachers. Students can work on their school work, using the Media Center’s Chromebooks, Google Docs and Google Classroom, or complete modules and assessments for Florida Virtual School (FLVS) courses. Resources such as the Khan Academy are available so students can learn new things, review materials for class, or prepare for SAT exams. Relevant websites are vetted and whitelisted for student use. A full-time librarian is also available.

We offer the finest Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies curriculum, along with a variety of exciting school programs to support our students on their journey to becoming an integral part of Klal Yisroel’s future.


For a comprehensive list of our offerings by division, please visit our Curriculum and Extracurriculars pages.

We offer a variety of enjoyable and interesting extracurricular clubs, programs and activities to keep our students learning and engaged after school hours.

For a comprehensive list of our offerings by division, please visit our Extracurriculars page.

ACADEMIC RESOURCES

Our goal is for every student to meet or exceed grade level expectations. We recognize that some students need extra attention to master the skills and materials covered in our Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies curriculum. That’s why we offer a variety of remedial classes, tutors and other support services, in addition to the personalized academic support our rebbeim, moros and teachers provide during the regular school day. We work closely with your family to develop a learning program tailored to your child’s unique needs. An overview of our programs is below. For a comprehensive list of our remedial offerings by division, please visit our Remedial page.

Early Childhood Title I (Kindergarten)
Kriyah and Reading pull-out programs
Elementary School The David Ari ACE Resource Program – for Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies**
Title I (Reading and Math)
Kriyah and Reading pull-out programs
Middle School Remedial Math and ELA classes**
Limudei Kodesh tutoring**
High School Remedial classes (Select Secular Studies classes)**
Tutoring (Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies)**
** = Charges apply

Our yeshiva is proud to offer advanced courses in both Limudei Kodesh and Secular Studies for advanced, motivated students.
An overview of our programs is below.


For a comprehensive list of our advanced offerings by division, please visit our Accelerated Limudei Kodesh page and our Accelerated Secular Studies page.


Elementary SchoolMishnayos enrichment program (Grades 3-5 Boys)

Accelerated Math Track (Grades 4-5)

Middle SchoolExtended learning program (Limudei Kodesh)

Honors Math

Advanced High School Math (Grade 8)

High SchoolHonors shiurim in each grade

Extra shiurim at night and on Sundays

Honors classes in every subject (Secular Studies)

Online AP classes

Mentoring and exam prep classes for AP exams in a variety of subjects

All students can visit our on-staff counselors for one-on-one therapy or social skills groups. Children from the Early Childhood Education division can also visit our dedicated ECE psychologist whenever they need to.

If your child needs additional support from a specialist, we’re happy to accommodate. Approved private providers may pull your child out of class during school hours for a variety of needs, including occupational therapy, speech therapy or executive functioning coaching.
We serve families from a wide range of backgrounds at YTCTE, including a large Spanish-speaking population. Almost a third of our students have Latin American roots. If your child only speaks Spanish, we have a private in-school Spanish tutor available to help your child during the immersion process.

We recommend this resource for the younger grades and will work closely with your family to develop a support plan tailored to your child’s unique needs.

Additional fees apply.

Division FAQs

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

No. Nap time isn’t built into the curriculum for any of the ECE classes. Occasionally, there may be a Junior Pre-K naptime if the school and ECE educators think it’s needed.

Yes. Children must be completely toilet trained prior to enrollment in any of our ECE grades.

Below are the birthday cutoffs for each grade in our ECE division.
Junior Pre-K: Age 3 before October 31st
Pre-K: Age 4 before October 31st
Kindergarten: Age 5 before October 31st

KLURMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (KES)

We offer a variety of after school programs throughout the year. Each year’s offerings vary, based on interest and availability. These may include mishmar, mishnayos, sports, dance and gymnastics.
Information about our available offerings is provided throughout the year.

Boys in Grades 3-5 have school from 9am-12pm on Sundays.

ROHR MIDDLE SCHOOL (RMS)

In each grade at RMS, one of the Limudei Kodesh classes is an Extended Learning class. These classes add an extra 45 minutes to the school day, three times a week, and are designed for motivated boys who are on an advanced Judaic level.


For more details, please visit our Accelerated Limudei Kodesh page.

This is a fun, constructive behavior program that supports and reinforces the lessons our students are learning about middos. Each boy monitors his growth in middos throughout the year, using a scale of 1 to 4 to rate his behavior. Students who regularly earn marks of 3 to 4 can join the 3, 4 Club!

DR. ABE CHAMES HIGH SCHOOL (DACHS)

Our high school dorm currently houses 18 boys. A dorm supervisor lives in the dorm and our full-time Dorm Mashgiach takes full responsibility for the boys’ health and general well-being.


Boys have access to a game room in the dorm, basketball courts and a workout room on campus, as well as a full program of weekly activities and entertainment. Every Sunday there’s an organized activity, such as outings, swimming, BBQs, etc. On long Fridays, the boys are taken shopping. There’s also a Motzei Shabbos JCC program which includes JCC basketball, football and pizza.

Below is the DACHS Mishmor schedule, shown by grade.


Grades 9-127 pm
8:15 pm Tuesday and Thursday
Grade 127:30 pm
8:45 pm Monday and Wednesday
Grade 12 Bais Medrash Program7:30 pm
9:30 pm Monday – Thursday
Honors shiurim1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Sunday

6:45 pm – 7:45 pm Monday

7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Wednesday at the NMB kollel (optional)

DACHS shares a campus with our bais medrash, Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra. Not only does this add to the ruach of students’ experience at our Yeshiva, but the Bais Medrash bochurim serve as mentors to the high school students.


In Grade 12, we offer a transitional bais medrash program for motivated talmidim interested in delving deeper into learning Torah. This program combines elements of a bais medrash with high school instruction, providing students with a taste of the bais medrash experience.

Online AP courses are available. We mentor students and prepare them to take a variety of AP exams. These include:
English Literature & Comp

English Language & Comp

Statistics

Macroeconomics

Microeconomics

US Government

American History

Biology


For more details, please visit our Curriculum and Accelerated Secular pages.