Beyond Academics

At Schechter, social and emotional learning and our whole child approach help children build the skills, capacities, and confidence they need to thrive in school and life. Every school day, we dedicate time and space in the classroom and beyond to teach and model these essential life skills. We also provide students with countless opportunities to unleash their creativity, move their bodies, gain musical and athletic skills, and actively engage in experiential learning.

Homeroom Community: Kehillah

Several years ago, we restructured our schedule so that Kindergarten through 8th grade students can begin each day in their homeroom community, known as their Kehillah. This is a safe space for students to ease into their day, build relationships with their classmates and Kehillah teacher, and practice social and emotional skills – including empathy, kindness, perspective taking, active listening, and mindfulness. Students consistently tell us their time in Kehillah helps them to bring their best selves into the school day.

The Arts

   • Jazz
   • Beginning Symphonic Choir
   • Musical Production: annual spring event
     for 5th-8th graders

Physical Education and Athletics

All of our students
 • Physical education 4x a week
 • Daily recess Interscholastic sports: 5th-8th
   grade students
 • Soccer
 • Basketball
 • Track & field
 • Cross country
 • Intramural ultimate frisbee: 5th-8th grade

Weekly Specials Offered

   • Animation
   • Art
   • Cricut cutting
   • Dance
   • Innovation studio
   • Make your own sketchbook
   • Mindfulness
   • Music
   • Photography
   • Ukulele

Extend the Day

Daily early care: No additional fee
Daily on-site after care: Additional fee
After-school enrichment
 • Art
 • Chess
 • Hip Hop Dance
 • Hot Shot Sports
 • Science Exploratorium
 • Tae Kwon Do
 • Tech Zone
 • Yoga


 • Overnight Shabbatons
 • Sixth Grade Nature’s Classroom
 • Seventh Grade Washington, D.C. trip
 • Eighth Grade Israel Experience
 • Interfaith Programming

Schechter prepared me to think critically and gave me the confidence to make hard decisions.”

-Ariel Saxton (SSDS ’13)
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