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About Us

The School for Lifelong Education (SLE) was established in 1989 to serve the academic needs of the Chassidic communities. The program is designed to serve the diverse individuals of the Jewish community with a limited secular education.

We are neighborhood based with an academic calendar and course schedules planned with sensitivity to the Jewish holidays, family responsibilities, and employment obligations.

SLE is the place for non-traditional students to follow a plan of study that will offer them the opportunity for professional careers and economic independence. Our students go on to law school, medical school, mental health counseling, and many other successful careers.


Courses are offered in a variety of formats: regularly scheduled classes, bi-weekly collaboratives and one-on-one mentorials.

  • Traditional courses meet once a week at a set time, sensitive to your schedule.
  • Small collaborative sessions are scheduled on alternate weeks, providing an opportunity for academic exchange between instructors and students, based largely on work completed outside the classroom.
  • Mentorials are scheduled by appointment and are one-on-one meetings with faculty to guide you in expanding your research into specialized topics of interest.

The SLE Guided Independent Study leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences, and to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology or Judaic Studies. 

Admissions & Tuition

At SLE, applicants have a personalized consultation prior to admission to help evaluate and refine their educational goals. Students take placement exams in English Composition and Math, and you will need a high school diploma or its equivalent before beginning the program.

Our tuition is $7,065 per semester. Eligible students can receive financial aid. If you have questions, you can consult out Undergraduate Student Handbook


1273 53 Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219 

For general information:
Shoshana Grun
718-871-6187 x30012

For admissions:
Yaffa Kohen
718-871-6187 x30011

Policies and Handbooks

Academic Integrity
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
Student Complaint Policy
Code of Conduct
SLE Catalog 2014-2016
Academic Calendar