Q: What are the school hours?
A: The school day starts at 8:30 am for all students and finishes at varying times based on the grade. The detailed schedule is as follows:
Monday – Thursday:
8:30 am – 3:45 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:15 pm
8:30 am – 3:45 pm
8:30 am – 2:35 pm
Q: Is bus service available?
A: Yes. We offer our families door-to-door subsidized bus service for both 1 way and 2 way transportation.
Q: Does the school offer before and after school care?
A: Yes. Our Kid’s Club is available from 7:45 to 8:30 am and from 3:45 to 6:00 pm on regular school days at an extra cost. The schedule varies due to holidays and early Shabbat dismissal.
Q: Are there after-school programmes?
A: Yes. We have a variety of programmes offered for students from JK to Grade 8, such as: sports, drama, dance, computer programming, video editing and environmental activities.
Q: What is the school’s Kashrut policy?
A: The school abides by the laws of kashrut. All school functions must be strictly kosher.
Food brought to school or school-related events must be milk-based or parve and catered by or purchased from a business with recognized kashrut agency supervision. Lunches brought to school must be parve or dairy and should be kosher. In order that all children feel comfortable at all times, we respectfully request that parents be sensitive to dietary needs and kashrut at private celebrations, e.g., birthday parties.
Q: Why should we send our child to Heschel?
A: Parents want to offer their children the best possible learning environment to begin their formal education, and our school does that. Our children benefit from outstanding teachers and an exceptional multi-sensory curriculum of Jewish and general studies that is attentive to students’ individual needs. By integrating our subject areas into thematic units, our students develop an understanding of the world around them, allowing them to see and participate in all activities. In addition, our educational approach and school culture appreciate and affirm differences in Jewish philosophy and background and value the range of Jewish religious practices among its students.
Q: Does the School have an allergy policy?
A: Yes. The Toronto Heschel School has developed its own Allergy policy and as a part of this policy all foods which contain peanut or nut products or are made with peanut or nut products (e.g., peanut or nut oil) may NOT be brought onto school premises at any time. If the package has any warning on the label such as ‘may contain traces of nut/peanuts’ or ‘has been produced on equipment which comes in contact with nuts/peanuts’ or similar phrase, it cannot be consumed in the school or at school-related activities.
Q: Is The Toronto Heschel School affiliated with any of the synagogues?
A: No. The Toronto Heschel School is not affiliated with any synagogue or movement. Families of the school come from a wide range of affiliation and backgrounds.
Q: Are all teachers at The Toronto Heschel School certified?
A: Our teachers are either certified teachers who are graduates from a Canadian University or equivalent, or their credentials are evaluated and confirmed by the Centre for Jewish Education.The Teacher Excellence Fund provides professional development opportunities and ensures that our teachers continue to grow as lifelong learners.