Enrollment Pulse Survey Report - October 2021

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Prizmah’s fifth pulse survey shows Jewish day school and yeshiva enrollment trends across the United States and Canada, from the school year starting Fall 2019, until Fall 2021. It covers the initial impact of Covid-19, as well as how schools are emerging in current circumstances.


Key Findings

K -12

  • From Fall 2019 to Fall 2021, Jewish day schools and yeshivas reported a net enrollment increase of 3.7%.
  • Schools across the religious denominational spectrum experienced enrollment increases.
  • Community/Non-denominational, Conservative, Pluralistic, and Reform schools had a 4.5% increase in enrollment, while Orthodox and Modern Orthodox schools had a 2.5% increase.
  • For the first time since 2008, there is a measured net enrollment increase in non-orthodox schools, and the overall field of Jewish day schools and yeshivas.
  • 80% of new students who enrolled because of the pandemic re-enrolled for the 2021-22 school year. 
  • Patterns of enrollment change vary by region, and while there is growth overall, one-third of schools experienced a drop in enrollment over this period, whether due to changing demographics or other factors.


Nursery to Pre-K

  • Nursery to Pre-K’s housed within Jewish day schools experienced a 4.7% net enrollment increase from Fall 2019 to Fall 2021.
  • Unlike K-12 enrollment, which grew in both years, Nursery to Pre-K fell by 14.2% because of Covid in the 2020-21 school year, and they  bounced back to their prior enrollment levels with a net 22.1% increase in 2021-22, compared to the prior year.