Admissions Process


Due to the high demand for admission to the Amy Gail Buchman Preschool at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, families are encouraged to submit an application for admission as early as possible. Families may apply as soon as pregnancy is confirmed, or any time after.

Prior to applying we encourage families to tour our facility to learn about our program and our admissions process. Tours are typically conducted Monday through Thursday, between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. However, if needed, we work hard to accommodate working families at other times.

After touring, you will have the opportunity to submit our application for admission along with the non-refundable application fee. This application will place your child on our waitlist. For questions regarding admissions or to schedule a tour, contact our school office at (813) 876-4867, or contact Karen Katims at Please include your name, cell phone number, your child’s first name, date of birth/due date, and desired start date.


There are several factors taken into consideration during the admissions process. Length of time on the waitlist as well as the number of classes offered in an age group each year, help to determine availability. Priority on the waitlist is taken into consideration for Schaarai Zedek congregants, siblings of currently enrolled preschool families, and alumni who have graduated from our Pre-K program.