Rockwern Academy

Rockwern Academy is a premiere Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Rockwern Academy, formerly known as Yavneh Day School, is a community of learners where students, families and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally. Rockwern Academy has created a culture of excellence, reflected by our teachers, programs, curriculum and our commitment to fostering a love of Jewish life and learning.

Address: 8401 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Phone: (513) 984-3770

Q&A with Rockwern Academy:

What makes Rockwern Academy unique?

At Rockwern Academy, we build character, leadership, and academic curiosity within a caring, joyful, and inclusive school environment. An exceptional student/teacher ratio allows us to value each student as a true individual, discovering what gives them their inner spark.
Together, we:

– Create a more compassionate world by teaching values and ethics that last a lifetime
– Embrace diversity, welcoming students from a wide array of backgrounds
– Nurture our powerful sense of community, fostering strong relationships between students of all ages, teachers, staff, and families
– Explore the power of technology to engage students, developing tools for critical thinking and problem solving
– Provide the gift of early 2nd language acquisition: Hebrew begins in preschool
– Inspire a lifelong love of learning, as our talented, experienced teachers prepare our students to thrive in top high schools


What is Rockwern Academy’s age/grade range?

Our Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) accepts toddlers (children who are 15 months by September 30 of the entering school year) through pre-K (children must be four years old by September 30 of the entering school year. This year, we are considering a young toddlers class for 12-month-olds. Please submit an inquiry form at this link if you are interested:

Our elementary school runs from kindergarten through sixth grade.

What is your enrollment policy? Are there any key dates parents should be aware of?

Students do not have to identify as Jewish to attend our Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). Application dates are available to view at Although the official admissions deadline is February 12, 2021, we do accept students on a rolling basis. Please contact us at any time of the year if you are interested in learning more about Rockwern, and we will let you know if there is availability in your child’s grade level. If there is, we would be happy to walk you through the application process.

Virtual tours for ECEC and K-6 are available to view here:

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes! Our goal is to welcome and support a diverse group of students, including those who would not otherwise be able to attend Rockwern. You can apply online for financial assistance on our website.

What are the standard school day hours?

For toddlers through ECEC 3, we offer 3 day and 5 day programs, as well as half day (8:15 AM – 12:15 PM), full day (8:15 AM – 3:15 PM), and complete day (7:00 AM – 6:00 PM (F) 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM) hours.

In K-6, our hours are 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. After Care is available daily until 6:00 PM Monday – Thursday and until 5:00 PM Friday, for an extra charge. Before Care is available from 7:00 – 8:15 AM at no cost.

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Does Rockwern Academy offer before/after school care? Does Rockwern Academy offer afterschool activities?

Yes, see above.

We offer many afterschool activities in a normal year. Programs include soccer, basketball, volleyball, art, and LEGO robotics.

Does Rockwern Academy offer support for students with special needs?

We have a speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, gifted specialist, school counselor, reading support teacher, math tutor, and ELL support. We get to know our students deeply on a personal level, providing them with the tools they need to succeed in a nurturing, differentiated learning environment.

What specialty classes / extracurricular activities does Rockwern Academy offer (gym, art, language, sports etc.)?

Our art and music curriculum is integrated into all we do at Rockwern! Students perform in musicals and art shows. We have a robust physical education program as well as after school sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball. All students learn a second language, Hebrew, beginning in our toddler class.

What are Rockwern Academy’s safety policies?

We have exceptional safety and security, including uniformed officers at all times.

What extra safety measures is Rockwern Academy taking during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have rigorous extra safety measures that have paid off, allowing our school to remain open. These include:

  • Mandatory face coverings for all staff and students in ECEC 2 and above
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection
  • Social distancing
  • Larger classrooms and smaller class sizes
  • Lunch in classrooms
  • Student/staff learning pods that limit the number of people each person interacts with
    staggered pickup and drop off times
  • Designated bathrooms and additional sinks for hand washing
  • Daily temperature and symptom screening
  • Improvements to our HVAC system and addition of air purifiers
  • and more




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