Why Choose Akiba?

So many features of Akiba make us unique. Here are just a few:

  • We teach students, not subjects. Individualization is our calling card.
  • Our classes are multi-age by design. Read why.
  • We have an almost-70-year history on the South Side of Chicago.
  • The Buddy Program pairs 7th/8th grade students with 1st/2nd partners.
  • The 8th grade graduates spend two weeks in Israel together.
  • Over the last 15 years, 93% of our graduates who applied to CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools were admitted to their 1st choice.
  • We have 4 school bus routes: Skokie, West Rogers Park, Lincoln Park, and South Loop. We're 15 minutes from downtown.
  • Our Preschool/Kindergarten is play-based and Reggio-Emilia inspired.

  • Several of our faculty and staff have received awards for their craft:
    • Carla Goldberg, the Director of the Preschool, received the Kohl-McCormick Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
    • Miriam Kass, Director of Teaching & Learning, received the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
    • Scott Salk, a 1st/2nd grade teacher, and Michelle Rotfeld, a science teacher; both received the Hartman Award for Excellence in Education.
  • Our students have a history of performance at state and national competitions
    • Chidon Ha-Tanach, the National Bible Contest: Adin Breuer, 2nd in country; Amitai Stern, 3rd in country.
    • Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) State Science Fair: Shira Basa, 1st in state in Essay; Zev Goldberg, 1st in state in Essay.
    • National History Day (NHD) History Fair: Shira Friedman-Parks was one of 70/10,000 Illinois students projects to compete at the Nationals in College Park, MD.
    • Scripps National Spelling Bee: Devora Klionsky, 1st in state; Sarah Campbell, 1st in state.
    • Project Shine, a Tikkun-olam intitiative, selected Shira David's service project as 2nd place, nationally​.
  • We are within walking distance to several of Chicago’s major museums and educational institutions—and make use of them frequently.
  • Our building has won 2 architecture awards, has been featured in Architectural Digest magazine and is one of the stops on a Chicago architectural bus tour.
  • Every year, we welcome two b’not sherut, Israeli volunteers fulfilling national service, who create and run Israel-education curriculum and programming, both formal and informal.
  • Our building is eco-friendly, with a GreenGrid roof.
  • We have a 10:1 student/teacher ratio in grades 1-8 and a 7:1 ratio in the preschool.
  • We award over $700,000 every year in tuition assitance to Akiba-Schechter families.