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 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, Michelle Rotfeld, science teacher and Alise Gold, Middle School Judaics teacher; 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.