Head of School Corner

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dear Parents

Each year as winter break approaches I think about all the school has accomplished and the amount of wonderful learning experiences are in store for our students as we enter the New Year.  The Lippman School is being recognized as an educational leader, below are some of the reasons why:

·       The Lippman Teachers are exceptional.  What makes them exceptional is their ability to recognize and cultivate the unique potential of each child.  They also understand how to prepare students for their next educational step.  Over the last several months I have spoken with many of our alumni who are in local high schools.  Without exception they report that they entered high school a year ahead of their peers and have taken on leadership positions in athletics, performing arts and school leadership.  All of this starts and ends with exceptional teachers who are constantly challenging themselves to make their curriculum better each year.

·       The Lippman School educational philosophy connects with our parents’ values.  There is no other school that uses a values-based foundation to cultivate and celebrate the cultural/religious journey of each child.  Some schools follow a religious tradition and some have values that are specific to their institution but are often generic.  However, The Lippman School uses Jewish Values as a starting place to engage our students and families in important conversations about how our values make us better learners and enlightened citizens.  The kindness and inclusivity our students show one another is decidedly different than other schools whose lack of diversity and values often support the development of cliques and social pressures. 

·       Our multiage educational model allows for significant academic differentiation, leadership, collaborative learning and leadership opportunities.  When students leave Lippman for high school, local educators see these qualities in our students as they are: more academically advanced than their peers are on academic challenge teams, captains of sports teams and leaders in a variety of ways.

This is also the time of year that we ask our parents to re-enroll for the 2019-2020 school year.  Our tuition and fees are increasing from $11,175 to $11,920 (a 6.5% increase).  This increase includes modest increases in our fees: ($20 for supplies, $30 for lunch, $25 for cultural experiences and $10 for the Winter Bash) and a $640 increase in tuition.  These increases will ensure that our programing continues to grow, our student teacher ratios remain low and staff are appropriately compensated.

Please note that there is a $250 fee for re-enrollment received after Jan. 31st.

As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please contact me.

Shabbat Shalom.

Have a great weekend,



Sam Chestnut 

Head of School

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