We are infinitely curious. We are authentically Jewish. We are Bernard Zell.
An education at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School is one that integrates critical and creative thinking, independent learning, and a thorough knowledge and embrace of Jewish practices, beliefs, and values. From play-based Early Childhood learning, to the fundamentals and self-discovery of the Lower School, to the social, emotional and academic growth of Middle School, each year’s curriculum at Bernard Zell builds on the previous year’s learning, allowing students an opportunity to grow in their education and to apply what they learn in their everyday lives.
With innovative teaching methods and an unrivaled student to teacher ratio of 6:1—the lowest in the city of Chicago—Bernard Zell is a fertile environment for both learning and fellowship, with many opportunities for enrichment and enjoyment inside and outside of the classroom. One of the newest is M’Kom Drisha, a state-of-the-art laboratory space where students can investigate, collaborate, and problem solve using technology and hands-on science investigation.
From sixth through eighth grade at Bernard Zell, students take one course that is ungraded, encouraging a free exploration of ideas. Whether the course focuses on physical education or delves into world issues, students begin to develop their interests, passions, and sense of self.
At its core, a Bernard Zell education is centered on the child. Dedicated educators partner with Jewish families with the common goal of raising children to be their best selves. We strive to cultivate curiosity, creativity, character, citizenship, responsibility and empathy. Our graduates are exceedingly well prepared for high school and life beyond, while always possessing the sense of wonder that makes each future not merely successful, but joyful.
Experience Bernard Zell
At Bernard Zell, our students are given permission to push the outer reaches of possibility and to explore frontiers as far as the mind is willing to go! From studying beetles in science to exploring a new instrument to being introduced to the Torah, see how we encourage students to BE Courageous, BE Amazing, and BE Zellous about life.
STEM at Bernard Zell
"We try to pull out that inherent wonder and curiosity that all students have within them." - Beth Sanzenbacher, Science Instructional Leader

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