Frequently asked questions

When is the cutoff date?


The cutoff date for each grade is December 31. If your child is coming from a school where the cutoff date is on or before September 30 and his/her birthday is between October 1 and December 31 (i.e. your child will skip a grade), the interview with the admissions team will help determine the best grade for your child to enter.




What are the WTA Theme Song Lyrics?


Click for the MP3 Instrumental W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A Verse A-1
From the time of our creation, we have been G-d’s chosen nation.
We endure and keep surviving, with Hashem’s help, we are thriving.
To spread Torah all around, we…are the light of Westchester County.
Torah u’madah we’re infusing, every student, no exclusions. Verse B
We got a brand new look for the people of the book
With a blended learning style,
And a path for each and every child.
We all pray! Chorus A
Westchester Torah, Rabbis and Morot,
Give us the Koach to lead us all back home.
The young and the old.
Katan v’gadol.
Kesef v’kachol.
We all go. Chorus B
Westchester Torah, Rabbis and Morot,
Give us the Koach to lead us all back home.
The young and the old.
Katan v’gadol.
Kesef v’kachol.
We all go. Instrumental
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A Verse A-2
Yir’at Ha-shem, reishit da’at. Chachma u’musar. Ayin l’tzion.
We’ve got faith and we’ve got knowledge. We can take on any challenge.
Our teachers truly teach us, cuz they know just how to reach us.
Education, inspiration, tools to lead our holy nation. Verse B
Math, technology, along with English and history.
We learn everything a Jew could need,
To improve the world and succeed. Chorus A
Westchester Torah, Rabbis and Morot,
Give us the Koach to lead us all back home.
The young and the old.
Katan v’gadol.
Kesef v’kachol.
We all go. Chorus B
Westchester Torah, Rabbis and Morot,
Give us the Koach to lead us all back home.
The young and the old.
Katan v’gadol.
Kesef v’kachol.
We all go. Instrumental
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A Chorus A
Westchester Torah, Rabbis and Morot,
Give us the Koach to lead us all back home.
The young and the old.
Katan v’gadol.
Kesef v’kachol.
We all go. Chorus C
Westchester Torah. Yeshivat Netzach.
Col am yisrael, Le’shana haba’ah.
Birushalayim.
Birushalayim.
Birushalayim.
Come join us. Instrumental
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A
(Cheer)
We are Yeshivat Netzach. Instrumental
W-T-A Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh W-T-A
(Cheer)
We are Yeshivat Netzach!




I heard WTA is the “computer school.” How long will my child learn on a computer each day?


While some students are working online, teachers address individual needs and provide daily enrichment, guidance and support. The use of computers facilitates learning in small groups with a teacher.

  • In Kindergarten, 10-15 minutes a day, up to twice a day.
  • In 1st-2nd grade, 15-20 minutes twice a day.
  • In 3rd-4th grade, 20-25 minutes twice a day.




How is WTA able to provide excellence with affordability?


  • Our school works with a modest budget and we operate within our means.
  • Our administrators fulfill many functions and also teach.
  • Our rotational learning model provides enrichment and remediation within the classroom and helps eliminate the need for a costly resource/enrichment room.
  • Even with a slightly larger class size, children benefit from meaningful daily student-teacher interaction in small groups.




How does WTA support children with learning challenges?


  • Teachers address the learning needs of students by working in small groups.
  • A school support team of teachers, administrators, and our social worker develop a plan to support a student when additional challenges arise.
  • When outside intervention is needed, the school guides parents in how to seek services through the district.
  • For children ages 3 and 4, services are provided at WTA. Teachers work closely with service providers and update the parents regarding their child’s progress.




Does WTA offer enrichment to children who are advanced in a particular subject?


  • Small group learning allows teachers to differentiate instruction based on individual students’ needs.
  • Our online component of learning is individualized and adaptive. Advanced students are automatically assigned a more challenging level.




How does WTA help children who struggle with reading?


  • Teachers assign reading levels and work with students based on needs and skills. Based on teacher-student interaction and daily online data, teachers are able to address needs as they arise and immediately provide the scaffolding necessary.
  • If challenges in reading persist, teachers may recommend a more robust intervention.
  • Parents and teachers collaboratively create an individual learning plan to be implemented at home and in the classroom.
  • WTA also partners with the Committee on Special Education in New Rochelle to provide additional services when remedial support is necessary.
  • This year, we started a learning center for students who are strugglng for an additional low cost.




How will I know if my child is making progress?


  • WTA administers MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) tests three times a year.
  • Each of our online programs in math, English, and Hebrew provide accurate and useful data which helps to determine class and individual progress.
  • Teachers analyze students work regularly to assess progress.
  • Teachers and parents communicate throughout the year. In addition, WTA holds parent-teacher conferences twice a year (fall, spring) and progress reports are sent twice a year.




Does WTA secure funds from sources other than tuition?


  • WTA has received grants from foundations who recognize our school and believe in our mission.
  • Our board actively fundraises.
  • Parents voluntarily donate to our annual fundraising campaigns which provide scholarships and help cover operating costs.




At less than half the cost of other local days schools, what will my child miss out by attending WTA?


  • Nothing!
  • Children are loved and nurtured at WTA, a factor that increases their academic and social success.
  • Our children take part in chugim (after-school activities), trips, and many Chesed programs.
  • At WTA, we provide weekly music, art, and PE classes.
  • WTA is a special place for each child; we make learning fun and relevant.




Does WTA provide hot lunch?


  • A healthy hot lunch is available for purchase.
  • In addition to meat (twice a week) and dairy (three times a week) lunches, we serve daily nutritious options: fresh fruits, vegetables, and salad.
  • Students bring two healthy snacks each day from home.




When will WTA move to a permanent home?


  • Our current location is a rented space.
  • WTA owns a beautiful 8 acre property at 150 Stratton Road in New Rochelle.
  • We plan to renovate the existing mansion on the property and construct a new building behind it.
  • Construction has begun!




Will WTA raise tuition to pay for the new building?


  • Our mission is to provide affordable and excellent Jewish education.
  • The board is currently raising money and securing funds to begin construction.
  • We are not raising tuition to pay for the new building.




How can a parent make a difference in WTA?


New parents are encouraged to join Vaad Horim, our active parent volunteer committee. Volunteer opportunities take many forms and can match your skills and interests. Seeing our students’ smiles, making new friends, and lending a helping hand at our educational or social functions are just some of the rewards.




What is the best way to learn about WTA’s blended learning rotational model?


  • Visit us and see it live! We encourage you to schedule a tour and see students and teachers in action.
  • WTA classrooms do not resemble the classroom you experienced when you were in school.
  • A few minutes in the classroom will give you greater clarity about our model.




Does WTA provide busing?


We currently provide subsidized busing to Riverdale, White Plains, Hartsdale, Washington Heights, and East Bronx (Einstein). The New Rochelle school district provides free busing for students in K-5. WTA also offers private New Rochelle busing for Early Childhood and Middle School students. As enrollment continues to grow, we plan to provide subsidized busing to our students in Rockland County and Stamford, CT.




Does WTA provide before and after care?


  • Early Care is offered each day that school is in session.
  • Aftercare is offered until 5pm Monday-Thursday.





Westchester Torah Academy | ישיבת נצח

130 Union Avenue

Harrison, NY 10528

914.712.6497

office@westchesterta.org