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Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

3751 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 281-1858


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"In early childhood, the seeds of learning, Jewish identity, curiosity and caring are planted. Our Early Childhood Program spans a period of intense personal, social and academic growth. Young children develop at different paces. Our teachers are sensitive to the wide range of abilities and developmental levels within this age group. They offer creative activities that fit into the broad developmental continuum represented by the students. Each classroom has two teachers to guide the children and promote active learning, problem-solving, discovery of friendship and exploration of their new, expanded learning world. The classroom is a community in which Jewish values are modeled and reinforced and Hebrew language is introduced through songs, games, and simple conversation. The curriculum combines structured and unstructured activities that encourage young children's most important work-creative play. Every day is filled with art, music, stories, language, Jewish living, and hands-on exploration. " Cited from the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is an independent Jewish day school committed to academic excellence by providing each student with a comprehensive general and Jewish education.

Our Vision:

To teach the whole child to fully develop his or her intellectual, personal and spiritual potential.

To provide an innovative and challenging general studies curriculum that emphasizes core academic subjects, athletics and the arts.

To cultivate in our students a positive Jewish identity, understanding of Torah and respect for the pluralism of Jewish life.

To educate each student about the principles of American citizenship and to model Jewish values.

To strengthen the connection between our Day School community and Jews in Israel, America and throughout the world.

To maintain a diverse faculty committed to educational leadership and professional development.

To forge a partnership with parents based upon mutual respect.

To create a flexible and dynamic learning community.

To accommodate families of all economic backgrounds.

To inspire each student to become a life-long learner."

Cited from the Bernard Bell Anshe Emet Day School website.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school