Educating our children in the richness of their past,
the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.

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Internal Utility

Educational Philosophy Statement

At Chicago Jewish Day School we educate children to think clearly and deeply, to gain knowledge and acquire judgment, and to respect diversity. 

We are committed to developing critical thinking and socially engaged intelligence that enables each individual to understand and participate effectively in the affairs of their community, country, Israel, and the world at large in a collaborative effort to achieve a common good. At Chicago Jewish Day School, we strive for learning to be authentic and meaningful and to inspire a passion for lifelong learning. This document defines our vision of excellence in education.

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Deep Understanding

Active and Experiential Learning

Student-Centered Learning

Intrinsic Motivation

Social Justice (Tikun Olam)



Attending to the Whole Child


Inquiry Circles, Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels 
Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe