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5235 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

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(773) 493-8880
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August 07, 2015
A couple of years ago I took a tour across the US of Jewish day schools with excellent academic reputations. Mainly, I visited schools along the East Coast, West Coast, a bit through other regions and overseas in Israel as well. My reason for doing this was to relocate for employment reasons. In the end, I made the decision to remain in Chicago. Why? Solely for the reason that I could not find a school that came even close to Akiba Schechter! I knew that had I moved, I'd be compromising my childrens' upbringing and education. Akiba is an amazing place. In order to understand what I mean, one must step into the hallways and classrooms of this special school. I have never seen an environment so full of excitement for learning; classes full of unity and respect; love and genuine, deep connection between teachers and their students. One truly feels like they are part of a large extended family at Akiba Schechter. My children are very different: one being very social and less academic, one being extremely gifted and self driven, and the other one also being quiet and intellectual, and yet they each thrive due to the individualized learning and small classrooms. Their talents and abilities are optimized and all are performing well above grade level. I am blown away by how much they are learning as students, critical thinkers, self driven individuals and moreover, as quality, contributing human beings. I cannot adequately praise this school enough for what they have given to my family. Just as a side point I'd like to mention, there has never been a point that the school was lacking academic accreditation. Had that been the case, enrollment would have gone down and I, as a parent, and board member, would have found another school for my children. Akiba receives numerous academic accreditations: from the national and state sector as well as the Jewish umbrella organization that overseas its religious academic accreditation: Associated Talmud Torahs. Akiba is unquestionably of the highest caliber of academic PreK-8th institutions that exist!

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2015
My children started at AKiba five years ago and I continue to be impressed with what the school has to offer. In 1st/2nd grade, the teacher (many times, even the Principal) reads with every single child every single day. In fact, every child who goes through 1st grade at Akiba will have read with the Principal many times. One of my children has a health condition and the school never fails to amaze me with its professionalism and concern for her. There is always someone looking out for her--from the teacher all the way up to the front office and the administration--and having that kind of trust in my child's school is immeasurable to me. I also love the school's multi-age classrooms, because my child is learning how to be a good friend--even to people who aren't her exact age and who don't have the same knowledge set she has. She knows how to be both a leader and when to step back and give others the spotlight. This is one of the most impressive parts of the school: the commitment to imbuing the students with values of human decency, not just superb academics.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
August 05, 2015
My favorite part of the school is its Buddy Program. I regularly watch 8th graders care for their 1st 2nd grade Buddies during morning breakfast or during Color War, and many other times, and it's a pleasure to see a school develop leadership and empathy in its students. I also love the fact that students regularly get involved in service projects, like making holiday cards for people in nursing homes, or packing boxes of food for those in need.

- submitted by a teacher

December 30, 2013
Akiba was denied academic accreditation twice. There are some good teachers but the general atmosphere is one lacking in professionalism. The older grades have very small class sizes due to lack of students and there is a large percentage of students who are children of faculty... unfortunately, this only furthers the lack of professionalism and results in questionable standards. I would strongly urge anyone considering this school to be wary of the glowing reviews - Akiba serves primarily as a school for a few gifted children and many others with behavioral and intellectual challenges. The board of the school has been led by parents with questionable motives.

- submitted by a parent

June 10, 2013
While Akiba seems to do a decent job for elementary students, the middle school is seriously lacking. The teachers are of uneven quality and there appears to be little coordination between faculty leaving the middle schoolers foundering under mounds of homework. Year after year, incidents of bullying arise and yet no serviceable anti-bullying curriculum is implemented. Every year, it is as if the administration is dealing with these issues for the first time. Sadly, the weak administration is too shortsighted to see these failings as systematic. It is no wonder that there is a yearly attrition of secular students (who may have more choices among alternative schools) leaving a very small 8th grade class.

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no rating
October 24, 2011
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February 08, 2011
Wow- I'm very surprised that anyone would think that Akiba is not geared towards working with gifted students and helping them reach their full potential. The thing I most love about Akiba is that my gifted child is celebrated and encouraged to excel, both in Secular and Judaic studies. I love that the teachers work with the whole child and celebrate them as individuals. My child never feels out of place for being gifted as I was made to feel. I only wish that I could have attended Akiba as a child.

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July 22, 2010
Akiba-Schechter is an amazing school! My children are alumni and the excellent foundation they received at the school prepared them to excel in high school and ultimately to go to fine universities. More importantly, they have retained their love of learning into adulthood.

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July 20, 2010
Akiba-Schechter is a warm, nurturing environment that allows students to really soar into who they are meant to be--and this is determined by the student. I really value teaching here because the teachers and students actually enjoy each other. Learning is fun and painless--as it's meant to be.

- submitted by a teacher

July 06, 2010
I don't know what the May 31st poster is talking about. My daughter is gifted and working 2, 3 or 4 years above grade level in every subject. Because the school emphasizes an individualized curriculum, students get to work at their own levels. She is thriving. Furthermore, this year the school had students at the National Spelling Bee, the National Geography, the State Science Fair, and the National Bible Competition. Students from Akiba uniformly get into every good high school in the area and thrive. We are fortunate that our daughter has such a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2010
Grades 1 through 8 are not academically accredited. This should serve as sufficient tip off to anyone considering the school for extremely bright and motivated students. The school best serves students with intellectual and behavioral disorders. There are some stars in the teaching staff but otherwise, extremely low standards in both academics and social interactions between students and teachers. Limited leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 24, 2010
Great administration that allows the excellent teachers the freedom to teach.

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April 23, 2010
My son's teachers have instilled a interest in learning in him that is a pleasure to watch..

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April 23, 2010
Mountesouri-like approach to education, very strong curriculum and excellent teachers, Hebrew language and jewish culture and tradition, family-like atmosphere.

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April 22, 2010
My three children have all attended Akiba-Schechter since they were one-year-olds and we went to the fun parent/tot program together. My oldest about to graduate from 8th grade. Akiba-Schechter manages to create a environment where kids are happy to go to school and are instilled with a love of learning. Bible study is actually fun. Akiba manages to run a dual curriculum that sends kids to compete at the state science fair as well as make them well-versed in Jewish studies. It's like a little Jewish prep school, this year students have made it to the national level of the Bible Contest, as well as the National Spelling Bee, and the State Geographic Bee. Teachers and staff are always accessible and work hard on innovative programming and addressing any concerns parents might have. My children are treated as individuals and supported in such a way that builds on their strengths and helps them manage and improve their weaknesses.

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June 01, 2009
Our children love school! I have 2 older children who attended other school and I never ever heard them say that. The two children currently in Akiba are learning more then I could ever imagine. I am thrilled with the curriculum and the teachers. The school is run by caring teachers and its very obvious they love their jobs.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2009
Our family loves Akiba-Schechter. Our kids have been a part of Akiba from preschool through elementary and are about to enter middle school. The preschool is warm, creative and a lot of fun. There is almost no turnover in the preschool faculty, who (quickly) become extended family to your children and you. The elementary/middle faculty are likewise excellent. We chose Akiba because we wanted a secular education that would prepare our kids for any high school, immerse them in a second language from 1st grade (Hebrew), and provide a thorough education in Judaic studies. No easy task, but Akiba excels on all fronts. Kids learn in small, multi-aged groups, and learning is infused with Jewish values. And our modern lunar-themed playground gives students the well-deserved chance to let loose.

- submitted by a parent

March 16, 2009
Akiba-Schechter is quite simply a phenomenal institution. Our 4 children have experienced both the preschool as well as the elementary school. They couldn't be happier at school and we couldn't be happier with their progress. Whether its Science, Math, English, the Arts or Hebrew language, we are amazed by the scope of our children's education. Most importantly, they are taught in a wonderfully supportive and creative manner.

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December 10, 2008
Akiba-Schechter has an excellent preschool and elementary program. The top-notch faculty is committed, caring, and nurturing. Our kids felt at home at Akiba right on the first day. The results of the development focused curriculum are evident year after year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 09, 2008
I give the preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-8 my highest rating. My wife and I have put 7 kids through school and we've found the emphasis on a nurturing environment, academic excellence focusing on the individual needs or each student, to be factors which set the school heads-and-shoulders above the rest. It is the 'best of the best'

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December 09, 2008
Akiba-Schechter is one of the best schools I have ever encountered. Akiba has all the benefits of a small school (i.e. low teacher-student ratios), without sacrificing the benefits of some larger schools (breadth of offerings, sophistication of curriculum, state of the art facilities). Even more significantly, however, the school educates the 'whole child', challenging children to do and be their best both academically and as committed, thoughtful members of society.

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October 19, 2008
Here is the best praise I can offer - my daughter loves Akiba and looks forward to going to school every day! The quality of the secular and Judaic studies are top-notch. The dedicated and caring faculty help all students not only suceed, but thrive! Akiba compares favorably not only against other Jewish day schools, but against the very best private schools in Chicago.

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November 09, 2005
The quality of the academic programs at Akiba is spectacular. The same can be said of their Judaic and Hebrew curriculum. Their Hebrew education, from first grade up, is amazing. Now with a brand new school building and the addition of after school Circusteem, sports, and chess programs, the school has come a long way from the old, cramped, dreary school-in-a-house. Moreover, when you talk to the older kids, you find yourself thinking 'Hey. I'd like my kid to be like this someday.'

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2005
Overall a decent education but is severely lacking in resources for students that may be out of the mainstream. Pedagogically, the education may be superior but the attitude towards parents and it's leadership needs improvement.

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May 14, 2005
There could be no better school for my children, from the small class size and individualized learning, to the caring teachers and community. You will be amazed at how much you can learn from your child. Your child will get a really good Jewish and secular education, and become accustomed to civilized interactions with adults and with children of all ages.

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May 04, 2005
My son Noah, age 8, has been a student at Akiba Schechter since he was 2. I really can't say enough good things about the school! Every student gets individual attention, children are able to work at their own pace and are encouraged to excel. The secular classes are excellent and the Judaic studies unparalleled. My 2nd grader just translated the story of Abraham from the Hebrew! I love Noah's teachers and feel forever in their debt. I think it is important to point out that students from Akiba Schechter are accepted at the most academically selective high schools in Chicago and excel in statewide math and science competitions. The school just completed construction of a wonderful new elementary school building in March 2005. A complete renovation of the preschool building is planned for Summer 2006.

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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, our teachers create a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of mitzvot.

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Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
5235 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, IL  60615
(773) 493-8880
Last modified Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top