Why Choose Akiba?

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Here are just a few other reasons that make Akiba a unique choice for your family:

  • We teach students, not subjects. Individualization is our calling card.
  • Our classes are multi-age by design. Read why.
  • We have 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:
    • Preschool Director Carla Goldberg received the Kohl-McCormick Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
    • Preschool teacher Arundhati Srimani won the 2019 Sue Pinsky Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
    • Principal Miriam Kass received the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.
    • 1st/2nd grade teacher Scott Salk, Science teacher Michelle Rotfeld, and former Middle School Judaics teacher and now consultant Alise Gold received the Hartman Award for Excellence in Education.
  • Our students consistently win prizes at state and national competitions:
    • Chidon HaTanach, the National Bible Contest
    • Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) State Science Fair
    • National History Day (NHD) History Fair
    • Scripps National Spelling Bee
    • Project Shine
  • We are within walking distance to several of Chicago’s major museums and educational institutions—and make use of them frequently.
  • 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.