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

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Lower School

Junior Kindergarten through Grade Five

Chicago Jewish Day School offers an exciting and innovative dual curriculum, encompassing integrated General Studies and Hebrew/Judaic Studies. From our youngest students to our oldest students, we employ principles of Responsive Classroom in which social and academic learning is inextricably connected and fully integrated throughout the day. Our social/emotional and academic curriculums foster safe, challenging, and joyful classrooms. 

The CJDS academic curriculum is designed to inspire engaged learning, leading to deeper understanding and critical thinking. Through the development of experiential thematic units, CJDS encourages a sense of ownership, allowing students to construct their own learning and make it come to life. Students acquire and apply knowledge in a setting that is both authentic and meaningful. Rather than merely thinking or reading about the topic, the students live and breathe it!

Integrated learning allows children to broadly explore knowledge in various subjects as they relate to a certain theme. We strive to integrate all of the curricular disciplines. This holistic approach to learning reflects the real world, which is interactive, and promotes lifelong learning.

Our faculty recognizes the multiple ways in which students learn and approach teaching using differentiated, innovative and creative methods that address the learning styles of each individual student.

JK-8 Curriculum Overview

Daily Schedule

Junior Kindergarten

  • Mon-Thurs: 8:15 AM-3:15 PM (optional half day at 12:30 PM)
  • Fri: 8:15 AM-2:30 PM

Kindergarten-Grade Five

  • Mon-Thurs: 8:15 AM-3:15 PM
  • Fri: 8:15 AM-2:30 PM

Lower School Leadership

Jill Kushnir LeVee
Assistant to Head of School
Email, 773-271-2700

Penina Berdugo
Director of Hebrew
Email, 773-271-2700