Why Schechter?

More than academic strength. The strength of identity.

Academic Strength

At Solomon Schechter, we fuse a challenging evidence-based General Studies curriculum with an extensive Judaic Studies curriculum to give each child an exceptional educational experience. Guided by a comprehensive philosophy of higher order thinking, we continue to seek the most innovative approaches to teaching and learning. This commitment to incorporating the latest educational research with a collaborative spirit of assessment and professional development keeps our school on the leading edge.

Critical Connections Within the Dual Curriculum

We believe Jewish Studies is more than learning Hebrew and celebrating holidays. At Schechter, students apply morals to concepts as they analyze the Torah and other primary texts. They realize that religious studies connects with literature, science, and other content areas. These seamless connections define the lasting benefits of the dual curriculum. As on parent stated," This is a school that is building up Jewish children so that they can go out and build up the world."

Joyfully Jewish From PreK-8th Grade

The happy sounds of children in the classrooms, in the hallways, in daily prayer, in the cafeteria, in the library/learning center, and in the gymnasium tell the story. At Schechter, students are on a journey to discover who they are and what that means. The pride they have in their heritage is infectious. As an eighth grader noted, "Solomon Schechter teaches kids how important and cool it is to be Jewish."

A Child-Centered Educational Philosophy

From the spirit of Reggio Emilia in the Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center (ECC) in Skokie, to empowering students at all levels at our ECC and Sager School (K-8) in Northbrook, our core belief in btzelem elohim -- that every child is created in the image of God. This philosophy ensures that students are treated as individuals, they are fully engaged, and their voices are heard. Our differential approach to learning can mean extra support, more challenge, or just full and complete evaluations of each child's progress. We have invested resources and made key adjustments to ensure the ability to support a broader range of students, from gifted to those with learning challenges. One staff member describes it this way, "This is a place where children understand their roots and find their wings."

Confident, Well-Prepared Leaders

Outcomes are critical, and Schechter graduates are well prepared to succeed both at the schools of their choice and also in their professional careers. As one recent graduate stated, "I feel so prepared. After Schechter, five high school classes are a breeze." At Schechter, students and graduates become leaders in both secular and Jewish life; committed American citizens with a strong sense of their Jewish heritage.

A Warm, Nurturing Family Environment

The family feeling at Schechter is illustrated in so many ways, from the warm hugs that children receive from teachers as they walk into the classroom, to the high-fives in the hallways, to the parents who volunteer to support and enrich the school experience, to the number of alumni who return as proud Schechter parents, to the life-long friendships that are made throughout the Schechter community. Schechter students, families, faculty, and staff celebrate together and support each other through times of joy and sorrow, and forge bonds that truly last a lifetime.

We would be happy to connect you with parents from your community, and invite you to come in and experience Solomon Schechter for yourself!

To learn more about Sager Solomon Schechter Day School or our Ginsburg Solomon Schechter Early Childhood Center, contact: Lynn Weiss, Director of Admissions and Enrollment at 847.412.5654, lynn.weiss@schechter.org


Thank You Schechter

Our son and his friends were sitting on the floor at the JCC waiting for their basketball game to start. They were telling a teammate that they get to practice Hebrew every day. Then the boys started talking about their Torah portions, which they had received a few days earlier. Each boy was SO excited and they all started chanting their portions. It was awesome to see how proud and excited the boys were about their basketball game and their Torah portions! Thank you Schechter.


- Dina Shiner

From Generation to Generation

I loved being a Schechter student, and I treasure my Schechter friends to this day. Now, as a parent, I have a deeper understanding of the gift my parents gave to me and my brother and sisters. We want our children to experience what I had as a child -- a strong foundation of knowledge guided by Jewish history, tradition, and values. No other school can do this like Schechter.


- Ellen Dorfman Nathan


Only At Schechter

Unlike other schools, only at Schechter do general studies and Judaic Studies come together as one. Some people say it's like two worlds where there is no contact between the two worlds. I'm telling you -- there is a connection! We are part of the American culture, but at the same time, we keep our Jewish identity. We have learned from two worlds which appear to us as one. It was all a part of our daily schedule. We learned to be good citizens and also proud Jews. This only happens at Schechter....


- A Schechter Student

Our Schechter Community

For my Bat Mitzvah, I've decided to do a chesed project. With inspiration from a friend, I am making bracelets out of buttons called "button bracelets" that I am currently selling for $5 each. The money I am raising will go to my grade for our Israel trip fund. It is my hope that everyone will be able to go on the trip, because to me our Schechter community isn't the same without everyone included.


- A Schechter Student

A Love of Jewish Life

When I think about Schechter, I realize that Schechter not only provides a strong foundation of Jewish knowledge, it also fosters a love of Jewish life. As I get older, I realize the huge impact that Schechter has had on my life - who I am as a person and who I am as a Jew. Many of my closest friends are still my Schechter friends. It's great to see so many students today having the chance to experience what I had as a Schechter student.

Josh (Class of 2004) is pictured with one of his favorite teachers, Dr. Lena Kushnir, who is now principal of the Sager Elementary School.


- Josh Warshawsky

Our Community at Schechter

Our community here at Schechter is created by our connection to each other and to Judaism. At Schechter, we do not have all the same viewpoints or opinions about how to live life, practice Judaism, or affiliate politically. But community is not about sharing the exact same perspective as everyone else. Community is about having a safe environment in which everyone is able to share his or her own ideas without the fear that they will be judged or ridiculed.


- A Schechter Student

When I Think Of Schechter

When I think of Schechter, I think of my home, a place I feel comfortable and secure, a place where I feel accepted and understood, a place where I feel educated, and I place where I feel loved. Nothing can compare to the feeling that Schechter provides.


- A Schechter Student

A Strong Academic Foundation

As a Schechter graduate, I wanted my children to have the same intimate, nurturing environment that I had as a child at Schechter, as well as the strong academic foundation, connection to Israel, and love of Jewish life. It's wonderful to see how our children have thrived at Schechter and how well-prepared they are for high school. We are also proud of the people they have become -- their connection to Judaism and their values.


- Dr. Arica Feldman Hirsch

A Gift To Families

A Schechter education is more than a gift to our children, it is a gift to our family. The school provides a top of the line education in both general and Jewish studies. Every day students are challenged academically, and the nurturing atmosphere provides them with a sense of security and the confidence to excel.


- Susan Harris

Why I Love Schechter

In three words, Schechter is community, learning, and Judaism. Schechter is the type of community that promotes friendship, leadershipship, learning, fun, and most of all the love of being Jewish. Each day when I walk into school, I am greeted. Whether it's a security guard, a parent, a teacher, and sometimes even a student, I know that I'm starting my day in a community way.


- A Schechter Student

The Friendships Are Everlasting

The frienships that I have developed individually and as an entire grade have created bonds that are everlasting. Together we have shared life events -- receiving our first siddur, reading Torah, births, deaths, becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and many others. The love and support of my classmates has helped to mold me into the person I am today. Schechter is like a second home to me. All the memories I have made and the lessons I have learned here will stick with me forever.


- A Schechter Student

Seems Like Yesterday

It was such a special moment when we witnessed our twins read from the Torah for the first time, along with their third grade classmates. It seems like only yesterday that they all were in kindergarten. It's been wonderful watching them develop these skills and to see their love for reading Torah.


- A Schechter Student


Community | Kehillah

SSDS is a community of students, families, educators, donors, and volunteer leaders who support
each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging life-long bonds of friendship
based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.

Responsibility | Achrayut

As Jews, we are all responsible for one another. This sense of responsibility begins with, and extends
beyond, our SSDS community and includes giving tzedakah and improving our world.

Joy | Simcha

A Jewish life is a joyous life. SSDS provides a joyful learning environment for children,
families, and educators. Jewish holidays and life cycle events are an opportunity for everyone
to come together to celebrate and experience the richness of Jewish life.

Israel | Yisrael

Through Hebrew language education and immersion in Israeli culture, SSDS personalizes for its students
the American Jewish connection to Israel, instilling a passionate, lasting commitment to, and a sense of responsibility
for, the State of Israel.

Journey | Masa

SSDS welcomes and partners with parents to encourage and support their children and families
throughout their Schechter journey. We also promote a love of learning in our students, and create
opportunities for children, parents, families, educators, and volunteers to engage in life-long learning and growth.

In the Image of God | Btzelem Elohim

SSDS values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes respect, dignity,
inclusiveness, and compassion. We nurture the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community.

Exemplary | Dugma

SSDS is committed to providing an education that weaves the best of General studies and Judaic
studies in an integrated program that is the benchmark against which Jewish day school programs are measured.

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families. Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


Administrative Office: 3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.498.2100
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