Admissions Checklist

Thank you for your interest in Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. Please follow the below steps to help us get to know you and your family. We're excited to meet you!

See our Admissions Calendar for more information on application due dates for the 2019-2020 school year.

Inquiry Form

Please take the time to complete our online Inquiry Form. The form will allow you to provide our admissions team with your accurate contact information and help us learn a little bit more about you and your child as you begin the admissions process. The form will only take a few minutes to complete and should be submitted prior to scheduling a Parent Tour. Following your completing of the inquiry form, you will be asked to create login to our web site which will allow you to track your progress throughout the admissions process.

Schedule a Parent Tour

A tour is the best way to witness our dynamic community; camaraderie amongst faculty, students and parents; and the academic vitality that make Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day school a special place. Tours are typically conducted in small groups on weekday mornings, beginning in September and continuing through February. Please click here to see tour dates and reserve a spot.

Open House

Don't miss our Family Open House on Sunday, October 27 which will offer interactive opportunities for prospective students and families to experience the best of Bernard Zell firsthand.

Required Recommendation Forms

In addition to the application and student and parent visits, Bernard Zell required additional recommendations from your student's teachers. These forms offer the insight of an educator who has observed the applicant's intellectual, social and emotional development, and offers a unique perspective to the admissions committee.
After you have submitted your application, please share the appropriate forms below with your child’s current teacher(s) and/or principal. Once completed, these forms can be sent via email to or by mail to ATTN: Admissions 3751 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60613. Forms are due by January 10, 2020.

•    Nursery, Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten Recommendation Form
•    Grades 1-5 Teacher Recommendation Form
•    Grades 1-5 Principal Recommendation Form
•    Grades 6-8 English Recommendation Form
•    Grades 6-8 Math Recommendation Form
•    Grades 6-8 Principal Recommendation Form

Additional Required Admissions Forms and Documents

  • Birth certificates - please upload online via your admissions checklist or send a hard copy to ATTN: Admissions 3751 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60613. We ask that you please not send any birth certificates via email.
  • Math and reading comprehension scores from the most recent set of standard testing or assessments (1st-7th grade applicants only)
  • End-of-year report cards (1st-7th grade applicants only)

There are two ways to submit these supplemental materials; either as part of the our online application, or emailed as attachments to

Submit Your Application

If your family is new to Bernard Zell, please click here to apply.

For families who already have a child who attends the school please access the application here. Please note that you should use your existing parent login when asked to sign-in -- you do not need to create a separate account. You will login, go to resources and then select "Apply".

A $75 application fee is required in order to submit your application.

Candidate Observations

Applicants for Nursery, JK and SK will be observed at their current schools. These visits enable our staff to observe how each child interacts in a group setting, and can provide insights about a young child’s readiness for school and potential for success at Bernard Zell. Please note that if your child is not yet enrolled in an early childhood program, we will be in touch with you to schedule an alternative option. 

Applicants for grades one through seven are required to spend a full day at the school participating in regularly scheduled activities. Achievement testing also is required and may include (but is not limited to) a math assessment and a writing sample.

Schedule a Parent Meeting

In addition to a student visit, parents or guardians are required to participate in a one-on-one meeting with our Director of Admissions. Parents are welcome to reach out to Ariel Rosen, Assistant Director of Admissions, to schedule a meeting. Otherwise, a member of the admissions team will reach out to applicants in December to help schedule a time.

Request More Information

At any point during the admissions process, you are invited to contact a member of the admissions team at Additionally, we are also happy to connect applicant families with one of our Parent Ambassadors.


Katie Rich
Director of Admissions

773.281.1858 x236

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