Admissions Process – Step-by-Step

List of 6 items.

  • PRE-K

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.
     
    Step 2: Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page).

    Step 3: Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate or a copy of his/her passport.

    Step 4: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for your child’s current teacher in our online application, we will send that teacher our specific recommendation form.

    Step 5: If applicable, submit a copy of any evaluation or current education plan.

    Step 6: Schedule the required admissions screening/observed play by e-mailing or phoning Mara Suskauer, Admissions Director, Lower School (973-602-3757).

    Step 7: Receive the admissions decision. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.
  • KINDERGARTEN

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.

    Step 2Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page). If moving to Greater MetroWest (Morris, Union, Sussex, Essex and parts of Somerset Counties), you may also apply for the GMW Incentive Grant (Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative).

    Step 3: Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate or a copy of his/her passport.

    Step 4: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for your child’s current teacher in our online application, we will send that teacher our specific recommendation form.

    Step 5: If applicable, submit a copy of any evaluation or current education plan.

    Step 6: Schedule the required admissions screening/observed play by e-mailing or phoning Mara Suskauer, Admissions Director, Lower School (973-602-3757).

    Step 7: Receive the admissions decision. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.
  • GRADE 1

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.

    Step 2Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page). If moving to Greater MetroWest (Morris, Union, Sussex, Essex and parts of Somerset Counties), you may also apply for the GMW Incentive Grant (Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative).

    Step 3: Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate or a copy of his/her passport.

    Step 4: Submit the Permission to Release Records and Evaluations to your child’s current school.

    Step 5: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for your child’s current teacher in our online application, we will send that teacher our specific recommendation form.

    Step 6: If applicable, submit a copy of any evaluation or current education plan.

    Step 7: Schedule the required admissions screening by e-mailing or phoning Mara Suskauer, Admissions Director, Lower School (973-602-3757).

    Step 8: Receive the admissions decision. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.
  • GRADES 2-5

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.

    Step 2Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page). If moving to Greater MetroWest (Morris, Union, Sussex, Essex and parts of Somerset Counties), you may also apply for the GMW Incentive Grant (Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative).

    Step 3: Submit the Permission to Release Records and Evaluations to your child’s current school.

    Step 4: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for your child’s current General Studies teacher and Judaics Studies teacher in our online application, we will send those teachers our specific recommendation form. Students who are new to day school should provide us with contact information for a Jewish professional who knows the student academically.

    Step 5: Schedule the required admissions screening which includes the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) by e-mailing or phoning Mara Suskauer, Admissions Director, Lower School (973-602-3757). To learn more about the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org.

    Step 6: For students new to day school, also contact Mara Suskauer to schedule a parent interview with the principal and/or the assistant principal and Mrs. Suskauer.

    Step 7: Receive the admissions decision. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.
  • GRADES 6-8

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.

    Step 2Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page). If moving to Greater MetroWest (Morris, Union, Sussex, Essex and parts of Somerset Counties), you may also apply for the GMW Incentive Grant (Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative).
     
    Step 3: Submit the Permission to Release Records and Evaluations to your child’s current school.

    Step 4: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for the applicant’s current English, Math and Judaics Studies teachers in our online application, we will send those recommenders our specific recommendation form. Students who are new to day school should provide us with contact information for a Jewish professional who knows the student academically.

    Step 5: Submit a graded writing sample. This may be any writing the applicant chooses (poem, book report, essay, etc.), but must be one completed this year. Please indicate the class, assignment, and why you chose this particular writing sample.

    Step 6: Schedule a school visit and interview by e-mailing or calling Gail Shapiro, Director of Admissions and Outreach (973-602-3626). Students will visit for an entire day and will be hosted by students in the applicant’s current grade and the grade to which they are applying. Applicants will be interviewed during the visiting day by one or more of the following: the Director of Admissions, a Guidance Counselor, Middle School Director, or Upper School Principal.

    Step 7: For students new to day school, also contact Ms. Shapiro to schedule a parent interview with the Principal, Mrs. Shapiro, and the chair of our Judaic Studies Department.

    Step 8: Arrange to take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) by January 30, 2017. To learn more about the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org.

    Step 9: Receive the admissions decision. Applicants will receive decisions early to mid-March 2017. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.
  • GRADES 9-11

    Step 1: Learn more about GOA by submitting an Inquiry Form.

    Step 2Apply for admission online along with the $125 application fee by January 15, 2017. If appropriate, apply for one of our tuition reduction programs concurrent with your application for admission (visit our GO Affordable page). If moving to Greater MetroWest (Morris, Union, Sussex, Essex and parts of Somerset Counties), you may also apply for the GMW Incentive Grant (Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative).
     
    Step 3: Submit the Permission to Release Records and Evaluations to your child’s current school.

    Step 4: Submit Teacher Recommendation Information. Once you provide contact information for the applicant’s current English, Math and Judaics Studies teachers in our online application, we will send those recommenders our specific recommendation form. Students who are new to day school should provide us with contact information for a Jewish professional who knows the student academically.

    Step 5: Submit a graded writing sample. This may be any writing the applicant chooses (poem, book report, essay, etc.), but must be one completed this year. Please indicate the class, assignment, and why you chose this particular writing sample.

    Step 6: Schedule a school visit and interview by e-mailing or calling Ms. Shapiro, Director of Admissions and Outreach (973-602-3626). Students will visit for an entire day and will be hosted by students in the applicant’s current grade and the grade to which they are applying. Applicants will be interviewed during the visiting day by one or more of the following: the Dir. of Admissions, a Guidance Counselor, Middle School Director, or Upper School Principal.

    Step 7: For students new to day school, also contact Gail Shapiro to schedule a parent interview with the Principal, Mrs. Shapiro, and the chair of our Judaic Studies Department.

    Step 8: Arrange to take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) by January 30, 2017. To learn more about the ISEE, please visit www.iseetest.org. Please note that Golda Och Academy is a Sunday test site for the ISEE in November and January.

    Step 9: Receive the admissions decision. Applicants will receive decisions early to mid-March 2017. If your child is admitted, you must secure his/her spot by enrolling within two weeks of acceptance.

Recommendations are a required part of the application process

Contact information for the recommending teachers must be provided in the online application.  Once you provide us with this information, we will e-mail the recommender(s) a link to our specific online recommendation forms.  Golda Och Academy will not accept recommendations in any other form.  Recommenders will be notified of due dates, you will be notified when your recommendation has been completed, and it will be transmitted to us electronically directly from the recommender.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $125 is due upon completion of this form. The application fee is payable online by credit card.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
973-602-3601

Our Admissions Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Gail Shapiro 

    Director of Admissions and Community Outreach
    973-602-3626
    Brandeis University - BA, Magna Cum Laude
    Emory University School of Law - JD
    NJAIS Leadership Institute
  • Mara Suskauer 

    Director of Admissions - Lower School
    973-602-3757
    Kennesaw State University - BA
    New York University - MPA
  • Aubrey Keene 

    Admissions and Outreach Coordinator
    973-602-3636
    Bellarmine University - BA
    Seton Hall University - MA

Important Deadlines

Admissions Application Deadline
January 15, 2017

Tuition Reduction Deadline
January 15, 2017