Atlanta Jewish Academy has launched a tuition plan that shifts the focus from the aid the day school can offer families to those families’ ability to pay.

The Flexible Tuition Program, announced Monday, Nov. 28, is part of Head of School Rabbi Ari Leubitz’s effort to “Reimagine AJA” while tackling the challenge of tuition affordability.

With the goal of making AJA an option for families from a wide range of economic backgrounds, Rabbi Leubitz and the academy’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Mark Dingmann, designed the Flexible Tuition Program.

Rabbi Ari Leubitz

Rabbi Ari Leubitz

“We are making our school accessible for all families who want to join us at AJA. By creating the Flexible Tuition Program, we open doors literally and figuratively to students who may not otherwise be able to benefit from the education and inclusive environment we provide here,” Rabbi Leubitz said.

“AJA is the only infant-to-12th-grade Atlanta Jewish day school, and we want to offer our 21st century learning experience to any Atlanta child who wants to be here. Flexible tuition will allow us to do that,” he said.

To register for flexible tuition, which is available starting with the 2017-18 school year, families must start an account with FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment at online.factsmgt.com/aid. FACTS confidentially and objectively assesses a family’s ability to pay for independent education.

More than 2,400 schools and organizations use FACTS, whose assessments will result in individualized pricing for each family.

Families who do not enter the Flexible Tuition Program will pay regular tuition rates, which, depending on grade level and other discounts, will range from unchanged to 5 percent higher next school year.

Any new family interested in applying to Atlanta Jewish Academy may submit an online application with the school, then register with FACTS for the assessment.

For more information, contact AJA’s directors of admissions, Erica Gal (infant through eighth grade) and Elizabeth Schoen (high school).

The deadline for existing students to register for the Flexible Tuition Program is Jan. 2. The deadline for new students is Jan. 9.