Rockwern Academy

At Rockwern Academy we expand minds, celebrate Judaism, nurture community, and commit to building a better world. Formerly known as Yavneh Day School, Rockwern Academy serves students from toddlers through sixth graders. A premier early childhood education center and Jewish day school since 1952, Rockwern is a community of learners where students, families, and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child thrives academically and personally.

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 12 months by September 30) through pre-kindergartners. 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 Applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of February, however 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 learn more about our various tuition assistance programs and apply online.

What are the standard school day hours?

We provide early care starting at 7 AM each day and after care until 6 PM on Mondays-Thursdays and 5 PM on Fridays. Students who do not need early care or after care arrive between 7:45-8:15 AM and are dismissed at 12:15 in our half day program and 3:15 (ECEC only), 3:30 (ECEC and K-6), or 3:45 (K-6 only) in our full day program. While there are five days/week offerings for all ages, there are also three days/week options for many of our ECEC programs.

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

Yes, before care is available at 7 AM and after care is available until 6 PM Mondays-Thursdays and until 5 PM on Fridays. In addition, we offer many afterschool activities such as basketball, volleyball, art, media club, and LEGO robotics.

Does Rockwern Academy offer support for students with special needs?

Yes. We have a speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, school counselor, reading support teachers, and ELL support. We also provide tutoring and enrichment for our students in small groups or individually. In addition, we have occupational therapy services available to our students in our building. 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.



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