List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Where do the children who attend Carmel Academy come from?

    Carmel Academy draws students from throughout Westchester and Lower Fairfield Counties, as well as Riverdale, NY and Manhattan.
  • Where do Carmel Academy children go to high school?

    At Carmel Academy our students receive the highest rigor in both general and Judaic studies (TaNaKh, Mishnah, Gemarah and Ivrit) to prepare them for the high school of their choice – whether it be Jewish, private or public.

    Our graduates have been accepted to and attend a broad range of high schools including private Jewish, private secular and public high schools including:
    • SAR High School
    • RAMAZ High School
    • Westchester Hebrew High School
    • Solomon Schechter High School of Westchester
    • Abraham Joshua Heschel High School
    • Jewish High School of Connecticut
    • Greenwich Academy
    • King Low Heyward Thomas
    • The Masters School
    • The Harvey School
    • Green Farms Academy
    • Public high schools in Greenwich, Stamford, Wilton, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle and White Plains
  • How does busing to Carmel Academy work?

    Students from Stamford, Norwalk, White Plains and New Rochelle receive busing provided by Carmel Academy with pick up and drop off at several centralized locations.

    Greenwich residents can either apply to the town for district busing or may choose to drive their students to the Lafayette Municipal Parking lot (in front of Greenwich Hospital) for shuttle bus transportation to the campus.


    Students from other Westchester towns receive free busing from their district if they meet their district's criteria. Requests for busing must be submitted to your district by April 1st of each year. For more information about transportation please contact Susan Safir at 203-983-3515 or

  • What does the typical application process look like?

    Applications are typically started in the fall prior to your child's kindergarten year, to allow for submission by January 31st. Please see the Admissions Process webpage for more detailed information. All applications received after January 31st will be processed only if space is available.
  • What if I can’t afford the tuition?

    Carmel Academy has a generous needs-based scholarship program. Please see the tuition assistance page for application information. All financial information is kept strictly confidential.
  • Are boys required to wear kippot/yarmulkes (head coverings)? Is there a dress code?

    Yes. All males in the school wear kippot (traditional male head covering) Girls may, if they choose to.

    Dressing properly for school is an extension of a student's conduct, character, and sense of responsibility. Therefore, Carmel Academy has designed a dress code for all grades.
  • How is t’fillah (prayer) conducted at Carmel Academy?

    We provide two prayer options in the Upper School - a traditional service with a mecheetza (separation of males and females during the service) and an egalitarian prayer service. We are the ONLY Jewish K-8 school in Westchester or Fairfield Counties to provide this choice.

    At Carmel Academy we strive to make all members of our community feel comfortable in a pluralistic setting. The concerns of each student are paramount in our teaching of both general and Judaic studies, including t’fillah (prayer).

  • What are the dietary restrictions at Carmel Academy? Can I send lunch?

    Parents can choose to purchase hot lunch provided daily by our caterer and is certified glatt kosher. Parents may also choose to send a pareve or dairy nut-aware lunch.

    Accordingly, all food sent to school must comply with this rule. 

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  • Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.

Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.