School Fact Sheet

School Information

What are the grades and ages of the students at Hannah Senesh? How many students are enrolled?
Hannah Senesh starts in Kindergarten and goes all the way through the Eighth grade. The children range in age from 4 year olds through 14 year olds. There can be up to 30 students in each grade and there are two class groupings per grade. There are 220 students enrolled at Hannah Senesh for the 2017-18 school year.

What are the school hours?
K-3rd grade:
Monday through Thursday-8:15am-3:30pm
Friday-8:15am-2:30pm or 1:30pm (depending on the start time of Shabbat)

4th grade:
Monday through Thursday-8:00am-3:30pm
Friday- 8:00am to 2:30pm or 1:30pm (depending on the start time of Shabbat)

5th-8th grade:
Monday through Thursday- 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday- 8:00am to 2:30pm or 1:30pm (depending on the start time of Shabbat)

Is there early morning drop-off?
Yes, children can be dropped off as early as 7:45am. There are supervised activities that students can participate in which include active games as well as drawing and more sedentary activities. Children are then escorted by a teacher to their class for the day.

Is there an afterschool program?
Yes. Afterschool programs run Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:00pm and on Friday from 2:30 to 4:00pm or 1:30-3:00pm (depending on the time of dismissal). There are two afterschool sessions per year, one takes place from the start of school in September though the end of the January. The other session runs from the end of January through June. There are options of different classes everyday for different age groups. 

Is there a lunch program? Where do children eat lunch? Do children eat snacks throughout the day?
Students have the option to purchase a hot lunch from school or are welcome to bring their own dairy or pareve lunches (no meat) to school. Lunches all take place in the school cafeteria. Hannah Senesh is not a nut-free school but if there is an allergy in a specific grade or class, certain tables and classrooms will become nut-free. Children of all ages are provided with a snack time during the morning or are allowed to eat during or between classes. Snacks are not provided by the school.

What is the teacher to student ratio?
K-2nd– 1:8
3rd-4th-1:12
5th-8th– 1:14

Where is Hannah Senesh located?
Hannah Senesh is located in Carroll Gardens on Smith Street between 1st Pl and 2nd Pl. The F and G Carroll Street stop is located less than a block from the school.

Is there transportation to and from school?
There is a free bus service that is provided by New York City. The routes are created by the Department of Transportation based on student addresses and their distance to school. MetroCards are provided for students that live a certain distance from Hannah Senesh and either opt out of the bus route or do not live near one of the preexisting bus routes. New bus routes can be formed based on the number of students living in a certain neighborhood and their interest in using a bus.

How does High School placement work at Hannah Senesh? Where do students go on to for High School?
The Director of Outplacement and Alumni Relations facilitates this process. Meetings are held in the Spring for 7th grade parents and again in the Fall for the 8th grade for parents and students in order to provide an overview of the admissions process. One-on-one meetings with families are held to discuss prospective high school lists, discuss specifics for individual students, and refine next steps. The Director of Outplacement and Alumni Relations also coordinates teacher recommendations, report cards and transcript delivery to high schools. You can view the High Schools that Hannah Senesh graduates have attended here.

Are there sports teams for students interested in participating?
Yes, official sports teams start for students in 5th grade. Hannah Senesh offers both basketball and soccer. The soccer team is coed and the basketball team is single sex but there is both a Boys and Girls team offered.

Are children assigned homework?
Judaic studies and general studies teachers coordinate homework so that children are not overly burdened. Homework is assigned 4 times a week for grades 1-8, there is no homework assigned for students in Kindergarten. Extensive homework is not assigned over weekends or Jewish holidays. First grade assigns approximately 10 minutes of homework a night. Ten more minutes are added to each subsequent grade. The middle school has between 60-90 minutes of homework assigned each night.

How do parents communicate with their children’s teachers and receive updates from the school?

Newsletters are emailed out to the entire school every Tuesday morning with updates regarding what is taking place at Hannah Senesh. Parents are encouraged to regularly check the Hannah Senesh website, Facebook page and Instagram account for school updates and pictures. Parents also receive weekly blog updates on Friday afternoons from their child’s teachers. Teachers are in contact with the parents in their class through email, phone calls and in-person meetings. Teachers make every effort to respond to parent’s communication within 24 hours. The school administration is also easily accessible via email.

Are there opportunities for parents to become involved?
Parents are encouraged to become involved and there are many opportunities to do so. All parents are automatically a part of the Parent Association and have a variety of opportunities to become involved through their initiatives. The Delet P’tucha: Open Door Program, provides parents the opportunity to visit classrooms and see learning in action throughout the school year. Parents can become involved in the classrooms and at school events based on their interests and expertise. We have an active Parent Association that offers a range of opportunities for parent involvement. We also have many community events that parents are encouraged to attend both in and outside of school around holidays and on the weekends.