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Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Submitted by Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School

Akiba-Schechter’s roots date back to just after the Second World War when Akiba South Side Jewish Day School was founded in 1949. The School occupied various buildings in South Shore until 1971, when it merged with the Schechter School and became a prominent member of the Hyde Park community.

Unfortunately, enrollment declined in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The school considered closing or moving on several occasions, and following much of the Jewish community that had once flourished on the South Side of Chicago and was moving north. Fortunately, the leadership of the School believed that there was a place in Hyde Park for a Jewish Day School committed to Jewish values and academic excellence. In the meantime, Akiba-Schechter has grown to over 250 students and occupies an award-winning new building designed by renowned Chicago architect John Ronan. Its vibrant community pre-school has expanded to include two classrooms in the adjacent JCC Rodfei Zedek building. Students come to Akiba-Schechter’s lakefront campus from all over Chicagoland, from as far north as Skokie and Evanston, to as far south as Northwest Indiana, and the current 8th grade class is on schedule to become the largest graduating class in recent memory.

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5235 S. Cornell Ave