Research

At Prizmah, we believe in the power of data-informed decision-making.

Our Knowledge Center collects and houses data, research and resources for and about Jewish day schools and yeshivas. To support field leaders, we conduct original research, gather and share data, report on Jewish day school trends, and partner with organizations to further important research in Jewish day school education.

Prizmah Publications

Enrollment Trend Report: The Impact of the Israel-Hamas War on Jewish Day School Enrollment in North America

How the war in Israel is affecting enrollment, January 2024

DEVELOPMENT TREND REPORT: JEWISH DAY SCHOOLS AND YESHIVAS PIVOT FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES DURING THE HAMAS-ISRAEL WAR, 2023

How the war in Israel is affecting development, October 2023

Enrollment Trend Report: Israeli Transfers to Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas During the War in Israel, 2023

How the war in Israel is affecting enrollment, October 2023

Prizmah's Facts at a Glance: A Summary of Day School Data 2022-2023

2022-2023 A summary of financial operations, enrollment, development and salary data from DASL. 

Heads of Orthodox Schools Salary and Benefits Report, 2023

2022-2023 salary and benefits report on heads of Orthodox schools.

Salary Data Bank (Updated Annually)

This salary bank is a compilation of salary data from multiple sources on various positions

Enrollment Pulse Survey Report, December 2022

Prizmah’s Enrollment Pulse Survey December 2022 reports on Jewish day school and yeshiva enrollment trends

Year in Review: Data & Reflections on Jewish Day Schools & Yeshivas 2022

High level review of 2021-2022 school year trends.

Development Pulse Survey Report: Annual Campaign & Endowment Trends March 2022

This pulse survey report explores FY21 and FY22 development trends and the state of Jewish

Enrollment Pulse Survey Report, October 2021

Enrollment trends across the United States and Canada, from the school year starting Fall 2019

Seizing the Moment: Transferring To Jewish Day School During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Landmark study on Students who Transferred to JDS during the Covid pandemic. 

A Year In Review: Data and Reflections on Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas: 2021

This report examines how Jewish schools performed during the pandemic year, with sections on learning

Development Pulse Survey Results, March 2021

Pulse survey results that provide a profile of Jewish day school development in the 2019-2020

Jewish Day School Boards: Snapshots of the Field, March 2021

Snapshot of data collected through the Board Self-Assessment (BSA), a tool designed for Jewish day

Fall 2020 Enrollment Survey Results, November 2020

Pulse survey results on how COVID-19 has impacted Jewish day school enrollment for the 2020-2021

Lay Leadership Full Study, Executive Summary and Data Informed Framework for Board Leadership, September 2020

This study, Unlocking Leadership: Obstacles and Opportunities for Improved Day School Volunteer Leadership, seeks to

Fall 2020 Planning: Second Pulse Survey Report, August 2020

Pulse survey results on how COVID-19 is impacting Jewish day schools.

Fall 2020 Scenario Planning Survey Report, May 2020

Pulse survey results on scenario planning for Fall 2020.

Thought Leadership: Hebrew Education, 2019

White paper on the reasons why Hebrew education is central to day schools and often

Learning Leadership Landscape: Experiences and Opportunities for Jewish Day School Personnel, 2017

This report focuses on critical questions related to learning opportunities available to day school leaders

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Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL)

Prizmah and NAIS have joined forces, enabling the Prizmah Network of schools to utilize the Data and Analysis for School Leadership (DASL) tool to generate fieldwide data and customized benchmarking reports in the areas of expenses, revenue, tuition, financial aid, enrollment, and fundraising.

School leaders are able to generate actionable data related to all aspects of school operations, including tuition, financial aid, admission, enrollment, salaries, and more. The tool allows for annual data collection, longitudinal reporting and easy-to-configure customized benchmarking reports to compare your school’s figures to national or regional trends and to a comparison group of schools that you choose.

You will be able to compare financial and enrollment metrics to other Jewish day schools, which can help you set goals, assess your progress, and make data-driven decisions.

Time frame: Data Collection June-November 2023
To participate, contact Odelia Epstein at [email protected].

Other Research

Schooling from a Distance

A study on high school students’ experience of remote learning since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This  study, supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, was designed to help schools learn about their students’ academic and social-emotional experience of “schooling from a distance.” 
 
The research bulletin is available: Has Remote Learning Set Back Jewish Day School Students?

Upcoming Workshops and Series

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Workshops & Series
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During this interactive one-hour webinar, learn how to navigate DASL and leverage the data you have already collected to support your school. Answer big questions like “What percentage of the budget do schools generally receive from tuition?” or “What’s a normal attrition rate?”
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What does it take to build a school from scratch? Especially a school as sophisticated as a Jewish day school.