Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.
From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching, hands-on exploration and discovery. Plus the individualized attention your children will receive is unrivaled; we offer a 5:1 student-teacher ratio-the very lowest in the city. Rigorous general studies and comprehensive Jewish learning are always wrapped in the warmth and values of our unique Jewish community. Our mission is to engage students in a program of rigorous studies through a variety of classroom and real world learning opportunities, to educate students to be active and informed citizens in our pluralistic community, to inspire them to develop Jewish literacy, and to guide them as they embrace their chosen Jewish practice and beliefs.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 501 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1

Top Rankings

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
1946

Student Body

Total Students
501 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
1%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
77 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
72%
Average Class Size
16 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1
Tuition Notes
Nursery: $22,016 Jr. Kindergarten: $25,358 Sr. Kindergarten: $27,397 Lower School (Grades 1 - 4): $28,729 Middle School (Grades 5 - 7): $33,070 Grade 8: $33,300
% on Financial Aid
26%
Admissions Director
Katie Rich

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports

School Notes

  • Bernard Zell is an independent Jewish Day School for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning and a deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world.From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching, hands-on exploration and discovery. Plus the individualized attention your children will receive is unrivaled; we offer a 5:1 student-teacher ratio-the very lowest in the city. Rigorous general studies and comprehensive Jewish learning are always wrapped in the warmth and values of our unique Jewish community. Our mission is to engage students in a program of rigorous studies through a variety of classroom and real world learning opportunities, to educate students to be active and informed citizens in our pluralistic community, to inspire them to develop Jewish literacy, and to guide them as they embrace their chosen Jewish practice and beliefs.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 501 students
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1

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