Founding Schools


Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School provides an excellent secular and Judaic education in Hyde Park to a diverse community of Jewish children from all over Chicagoland. Boys and girls study all aspects of our curriculum together in multi-aged classes. By focusing on the individual gifts and needs of each student, Akiba-Schechter teachers create a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of mitzvot and support for the State of Israel and its people.

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Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent, Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders. From Early Childhood through Middle School, Bernard Zell inspires students to love learning through innovative teaching, hands-on exploration and discovery. Plus, children receive unrivaled individualized attention with a 5:1 student-teacher ratio.

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Chicago Jewish Day School is a multi-denominational Jewish day school on the cutting edge of best practices in progressive education. CJDS has an extraordinary commitment to engaging and educating the next generation of Jewish learners and leaders at our new campus in the Irving Park neighborhood. Through our integrated and experiential learning curriculum, we are recognized for both our academic excellence and our meaningful approach to Judaic Studies and Hebrew. Together, they create a challenging and thought-provoking curriculum that develops a child’s capacity for complex learning and a strong moral compass. Whether it be the 2.6 acres of outdoor space allowing children to explore nature, their imaginations, and active play, or the stunning, state of the art, thoughtful classrooms that encourage the students to dig in, question, collaborate, struggle, explore, and learn, every space at CJDS reflects our respect for individual students and their needs. As a result, 95% of our graduates gain acceptance to their first-choice high school, including Chicago’s competitive selective enrollment and private schools, where they become leaders in their schools and communities.

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Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago fuses a challenging evidence-based General Studies curriculum with an extensive Judaic Studies curriculum to give each child an exceptional educational experience. Guided by a comprehensive philosophy of higher order thinking, Solomon Schechter seeks the most innovative approaches to teaching and learning. This commitment to incorporating the latest educational research with a collaborative spirit of assessment and professional development keeps Solomon Schechter on the leading edge.

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# Discover JewishDaySchools

is a multi-year initiative, funded locally by the Crown Family, and managed by PRIZMAH: Center for Jewish Day Schools. Our goal is to provide Jewish families with the most relevant information to help them make the best decision about their child's education. Our project focuses on four Jewish Day Schools in the Chicago area.