Perelman is home to a broad spectrum of families, with a wide range of socio-economic and religious practices. This diversity strengthens our school community and adds a unique dimension to the curriculum.
Joining the Perelman Family
Students generally enter our lower school in Junior Kindergarten (Ganon), Kindergarten (Gan) or First Grade, choosing either the Forman Center or the Stern Center. Junior Kindergarten students are required to be four years old by August 31 of the year they enter. Kindergarten students are required to be five years old by August 31 of the year they enter. Students entering First Grade must be six years old by August 31st of the year they enter.
We also welcome new students from other independent and public schools into our dual-language program in any grade, regardless of their Hebrew proficiency.
There are three main components to the Perelman admission process for students entering Grades K-5*:
Application (with all accompanying documentation)
Group Learning Experience
A Psycho-Educational Evaluation by a Licensed Psychologist (may be requested for applicants who miss a group learning experience)
* Applicants to our Junior Kindergarten (Ganon) should contact Mindy Andelman at 610-658-2518 x207 for more information about the admission process.
Submitting an Application
Once families have spoken to a member of our admissions team they’ll be able to access our online application.
Our application consists of the following:
Application for admission (online)
Developmental history report
A copy of the child's birth certificate
Confidential teacher recommendation form (Please use the appropriate form. See top-right corner for grade of applicant.)
Transcripts from applicant’s former school, for applicants to Grades 1-5
$50.00 non-refundable application fee
List of 3 members.
Mindy Zukin Andelman
Perelman Jewish Day School
Associate Director of Admission and Alumni Relations
Students entering Kindergarten are scheduled to take part in one of our Gan Visiting Days. This in-house screening lasts 1½ hours and gives the school and students the opportunity to begin to get to know each other. While children visit our Gan classrooms with other applicants, parents are invited to meet informally with administrators, teachers and current parents. Late applicants who miss the scheduled screening may be required to have a psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist (WPPSII).
Students entering first grade are scheduled for an individual visit to our school at which they are evaluated for first grade readiness. This screening lasts approximately 1½ hours. Applicants to first grade may be required to have a psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist (WPPSII).
Students entering grades 2-5 are required to spend two consecutive days visiting our school. During the visit, applicants participate in all classroom activities. They also meet with reading, math and Jewish studies specialists. Applicants to grades 2-5 may be required to have a psycho-educational evaluation by a licensed psychologist (WISC-III).