Application Process

Our application process requires the following steps to be completed by January 20th, 2017:

  • Schedule a tour of our school. Tours are arranged Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. You can arrange a tour online or you can call the Admissions Office: 510-531-8600 ext. 12.
  • Submit an admissions application form online. This form should be signed by each parent/guardian.
  • Submit an application fee of $75. This payment can be mailed to:

Oakland Hebrew Day School
5500 Redwood Rd
Oakland, CA 94619

Alternatively, you can call our front office to make a credit card payment over the phone: 510-531-8600.

  • A Teacher Recommendation Form is required from your child’s current school. If you are applying to Grades 1-8, we request that your child’s current school send a complete copy of transcripts to OHDS, in addition to the Teacher Recommendation Form.

Download Teacher Recommendation Form (Kindergarten)

Download Teacher Recommendation Form (Grades 1-8)

  • Please send us a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport, as well as their immunization record.

Upon receipt of your child’s application, the Admissions Office will contact you to schedule:

  • Kindergarten Observation and Assessment (if applying to K) – The Kindergarten Observation and Assessment will take place on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 in the morning hours. Your child will be invited for a playgroup observation and a one-on-one assessment. If your child’s application is submitted after the deadline, an individual assessment will be scheduled, as well as a visit to observe your child in his/her current school environment.
  • School Visit and Assessment (if applying to grades 1-8) – Once the Application for Admissions, Teacher Recommendation Form and Transcripts have been received, the Admissions Office will call to schedule a time to have your child visit OHDS for the day (half day for 1st Grade applicants). During your child’s visit, he/she will shadow a fellow student throughout the day and meet with a member of the faculty for a one-on-on assessment.


Admissions Notification Dates – Timeline for notification and enrollment

March 17, 2017
Decision letters are mailed to parents who have completed the application requirements.

March 24, 2017
Signed contracts are due back with deposit.

Flexible Tuition
For those families who have received Flexible Tuition, the adjusted tuition amount will be attached as an addendum to the contract and an adjusted deposit will be due with the contract on March 24.

Post-Deadline applicants
Applications for both Admissions and Flexible Tuition are accepted on a space available basis post-deadline. Late applications are processed in a timely fashion, to the best of the school’s ability.

For any questions or to schedule a tour, contact Philippa Lichterman in the Admissions Office at 531-8600, ext. 12 or

What People Say

  • The essence of the education OHDS provides is brilliantly reflected in the character and values of its students and graduates. I can't imagine a better foundation from which to grow and succeed.

    Rochelle Shapell, Parent of two OHDS graduates and OHDS Founding Board Member

  • The OHDS dream unfolds daily through the lives of the school's students and teachers. Every moment at the school is an opportunity to connect, learn, and grow.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • OHDS has become more than a school, it’s our community and neighborhood. The focus on educating the whole child carries over to an investment in the health and welfare of each child, family and staff member.

    Catherine Shachat, OHDS alumni parent and former OHDS Board of Directors President

  • I love the fact that my children begin each day with prayer, engage in deep Torah study, speak Hebrew like an Israeli, and receive an excellent secular education. We appreciate how OHDS embraces every child.

    Elissa Kittner, OHDS parent and President of the Board

  • More than just a school, OHDS is a family, where each student is seen as our crown jewel - each cultivating a personal, passionate and serious Jewish identity and a commitment to join the Jewish journey as life long learners.

    Rabbi Yonatan Cohen, OHDS parent and Spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel

  • Our children are learning their Judaism from the ground up. There is no ambivalence.

    Judy Chun, OHDS Parent

  • OHDS has already given my children a strong sense of themselves as Jews living Jewish lives. This is no small thing in the modern world.

    Jodi Tharan, former OHDS Parent

  • OHDS students are constantly exposed to the new ways of approaching a variety of subject matters. They are encouraged to think critically and really explore and understand the material that they are learning and the world around them.

    Leslie Edelman, Past President and current Board Member, OHDS parent

  • It's not just about love of Israel and learning Hebrew. Our Kindergartner now sings "G-d bless America" with the same enthusiasm as she does songs about "Apples and Honey" and is recognizing letters and words in both languages.

    Dan Cohen, Former President of the Board of Directors and parent of two OHDS students

  • OHDS is more than a school and more than a community to me. It is really a family. The teachers are so loving and caring. They want each child to succeed with a deep thought of benefiting the whole Jewish community.

    Adi Yaron Schaker, former OHDS Parent

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