A preschool-8th grade Jewish day school in northshore Chicago

About us

About Torah Academy

Torah Academy provides a comprehensive Judaic and general studies education for Jewish children of all backgrounds. Through individualized and rigorous academics, as well as immersion in Jewish traditions, Torah Academy empowers each child to grow and achieve his or her maximum potential. Our caring teachers build each child’s confidence, cultivate the unique talents of the individual and promote character development to foster lifelong learning and accomplishment.

We are pleased to be accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and boast a staff of dedicated, passionate, and highly-qualified teachers with advanced degrees and centuries of combined experience. Torah Academy’s curriculum embraces new technology and ancient texts simultaneously. Most importantly, we teach our students how to be a mentsch.

Torah Academy is proudly affiliated with the Rabbinical Seminary of America, an institution world-renowned for the quantity and quality of its graduates in the fields of Jewish education and outreach. TA was founded by an RSA alumnus, Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth, and is one of many Jewish community day schools across the country inspired by the vision of Jewish education for every Jew.

As part of our school community, TA regularly hosts and co-hosts Jewish programs and events for all ages (subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated!). We are also affiliated with projects that impact community life in many ways, including the Buffalo Grove Eruv and the Women’s Mikvah of Buffalo Grove, under the umbrella organization of the Suburban Alliance for Jewish Education (SAJE). For more information and resources about Jewish life in the north Chicago suburbs, check out our community resources page.

Our History

Torah Academy was founded in 2009 by Rabbi Shimon Zehnwirth with the goal of providing quality Jewish and secular education to Jewish children in northern Chicagoland. But TA is about much more than that. It is a growing community of parents, friends, and supporters who are enriched by the learning, events, and people of Torah Academy. It is a family, united around the foundations of Jewish life and education. It is a second home.

Torah Academy’s Early Learning Center features a Reggio-inspired preschool for ages 3 and 4, and a full-day, Hebrew-immersion kindergarten program for 5 year olds. Our Elementary and Middle School program includes first through eighth grades and features multi-age classrooms by design. Our graduates have gone on to succeed in high schools across the country, and we couldn’t be prouder.