The AGNON SCHOOL, located at 26500 Shaker Blvd. in Beachwood, is a private Jewish Day School committed to excellence in academic and religious education through individualized instruction and creative learning. Founded in 1969 by a group of parents and community leaders for children from Reform, Orthodox, and Conservative and non-Jewish families, Agnon is a self-supporting institution not affiliated with any congregation or denomination.
Agnon's founders include Rabbi Mordecai and Haniti Schreiber, Linda Ellett, Robert Goldberg, Simon and Ziona Kadis, Gene and Marilyn Macroff, Aviva Orlan, Peter and Aliki Rzepka, and Walter (Agnon's first board president) and Beth Schaffer. Morris Sorin was Agnon's first director. Agnon School was named for the Israeli writer and Nobel Prize winner, Samuel Joseph Agnon. Offering a complete program of general and Judaic studies, Agnon's central purpose is to teach students about their American and Jewish heritage in a non-regimental manner. During its first year Agnon had 19 kindergarten and 1st grade students with classes held at Temple Brith Emeth, 27575 Shaker Blvd., in Pepper Pike. In 1994 Agnon School offered classes in preschool, kindergarten, lower school (1-5) and middle school (6-8). Projected enrollment for the 1994-95 academic year was 336 students. Students receive a written evaluation and a letter grade and advance at their own pace. Ray Levi, Ph.D., was head of the school in 1994 and Dan Aaron Polster was president of the Board of Trustees.