By MYRON LOVE The outlook for the Gray Academy of Jewish Education is looking brighter this year after a significant drop in student numbers over the past few years.
This year, says new Head of School and CEO Lori Binder (she succeeded Paul last June), the student numbers are about the same as last year – slightly over 500. More significantly, she reports, the retention rate is 99%.
“That is our highest retention rate in several years,” she notes. “The fact that our numbers are virtually identical to last year’s speaks well to the community’s enthusiasm for Jewish education and what we do here at the Gray Academy. Many new families are choosing our school and we have many students who are children of alumni.”
Binder reports that the 2015-16 Grade 12 class numbers 29 students as compared to just 20 grads last spring. There are also 48 students in the Grade 11 class.
At the other end of the spectrum, 35 students are enrolled in the two kindergarten classes and 22 in the JK group.
Brock Corydon is continuing on its upward trajectory. The student body (in the Hebrew program) is up over 200 this year, compared to 173 last year. The previous high water mark for enrollment was 180 five years ago. Enrollment had dropped as low as 122 in the 2012-2013 school year. “We have 30 children in kindergarten this year,” Brock Corydon Principal Ara Morris. “And we are still registering new students.”