Over 90 girls in Lakewood, NJ remain without school just a week before the start of September. These girls had previously attended Ateres Tziporah Girls School, which closed down. Parents have been trying to get into existing schools, but have not been successful for a number of reasons, including the fact that virtually all other schools are overfilled. In addition, many school offices are closed due to the summer recess.
Rumors that some parents are looking into homeschooling or to bussing their children to schools in other locales are thus far unsubstantiated.
Just one year after it was saved from being forced to close its doors because of financial issues thanks to the generosity of philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, Ateres Tzipora, which had an enrollment of 180 girls in primary through eighth grade, announced one month ago that it is shuttering its doors due to finances.
For many years, Ateres Tzipora was supported by two families whose daughters attended the school. Eventually, those girls moved on to high school and Ateres Tzipora needed to find new funding. Since then, the school teetered. It all came to a head last year with the approach of the 2019 school year. The school would not be able to open as the fiscal challenge was just too great to overcome. It was then that the aforementioned R’ Rechnitz stepped in. At the time, he committed himself to providing the funding to ensure that Ateres Tziporah would open for the 2018 school year in a timely fashion. At the time, Ateres Tzipora agreed to take in 20 students who were slated to attend Ateres Bais Yaakov, a school that had recently closed.
A month ago, however, the school’s financial difficulties and operational challenges became too overwhelming to be surmounted and the school announced that it will cease to exist.
Ateres Tzipora was a student’s home away from home known for its warmth and acceptance. Ateres Tzipora menaheles Mrs. Shulamith Insel ensured that Ateres Tzipora wasn’t a cookie cutter institution, but an all-inclusive mosad that embraced every talmidah with open arms. Every girl was nurtured in order to maximize her potential, and it made no difference what background she comes from.