Mrs. Turen, who is our principal since the high school’s inception, relates:
A student once said to me, “Mrs. Turen, I don’t know why you accepted me. I was the dumbest girl in my entire eighth grade.” When I heard that, I made a promise to myself. This girl will graduate knowing she is smart, talented and successful, someone who will make a difference in the world. And, she did.
This is Bnos Rabbeinu.
Bnos Rabbeinu High School of Chicago is an individualized, supportive and warm environment where we build on each girl’s unique strengths, embracing her for who she is.
We are renowned for our strong academic program. A seminary once told us, “Don’t prepare your students so well. We don’t want them to be bored in the seminary.” We are committed to each student’s success, enabling her to reach her highest potentials.
The curriculum emphasizes developing thinking skills that can be transposed to other experiences in both academics and life. Possibly the jobs our students will have in 10 years don’t exist today. We enrich their abilities to think, process and view the world through the paradigm of a strong belief in Hashem that will help them succeed in all situations.
We foster a trusting, joyous environment among students and between students and staff.
Mrs. Turen, through school in-services and webinars, instructs teachers around the world on teaching Chumash in the classroom. She has recorded the entire Tanya as a series of WhatsApps daily broadcasts. She is currently writing a book, translating and adapting 9 talks of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on Moshiach. She is often invited to give talks in the Chabad communities around the States and beyond.
As the driving force in Bnos Rabbeinu’s curriculum development, she ensures modern techniques are integrated with ancient wisdom, making Torah alive and current to Bnos Rabbeinu students.
Every day there is an electives class for the girls to have healthy opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways, including but not limited to kickboxing, guitar, drawing, basketball, and computers.
The school is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Federal Department of Homeland Security.
Our teachers not only help develop minds but also appreciate their students as people. We want girls to feel they have space within the strictures and therefore we allow light nail polish and sweaters. We want the girls to enjoy their high school experience, and we make sure fun is part of their daily routine.
Bnos Rabbeinu focuses on maintaining spiritual resources for alumni, sending monthly articles, producing nightly WhatsApp broadcasts on Tanya chitas, Chumash chitas and Tanya tools and hosting teleconference farbrengens. There is always receptivity to an alumna reaching out for the guidance and council she appreciatively remembers from high school. Each of our alumni makes her mark in this world, and we strive to nurture them to help them nurture so many others.
Many graduates in their thirties share with the school administration a similar revelation, “Now I value Bnos Rabbeinu even more than when I was there. It gives me the strength I need for all that life demands of me.”
We help each student connect to Hashem in a real and personalized way. The more Hashem and Chassidus is internalized, the more our graduates have the strength to remain above all the pulls drawing people below.
Nurturing an absolute belief in Hashem- Bnos Rabbeinu.