Hebrew Academy hopes free tuition will lure top students

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A group working to create the nation's first boarding high school for students from the Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative branches of Judaism plans to offer free tuition during the school's founding years.

''We want to ensure the quality of the school and to ensure that this would be available to any kid who could qualify for it,'' said Rabbi Alvin Mars, the American Hebrew Academy's headmaster, who is busy planning the school's curriculum and infrastructure.

The academy is scheduled to open in fall 2001 on a 100-acre campus in northwest Greensboro. For the first year, the academy will enroll 100 boarding students and an unspecified number of area day students in the ninth grade. Classes will be limited to 12 students.

During the first few years, students who are accepted by the school and maintain high grades will be able to attend tuition-free for the full four years of high school. Founders have yet to decide when the school would begin asking students to pay their own way.

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