As a school with a long track record of successfully placing graduates in Chicago's most sought after high schools, Bernard Zell deeply values the transition graduates make when moving to 9th grade. Leaving a school that has been home for 10 years not only carries the opportunity for students to experience more diverse learning communities, but also to navigate a new environment by confidently learning on the self-advocacy, leadership, and community-building skills they developed at Bernard Zell.
Bernard Zell's High School Counseling program formally begins as families enter into 7th grade. Parents and students are introduced to the high school landscape though individual family intake meetings and group presentations that help set the stage for applications to CPS and independent schools throughout the Chicagoland area and across the country.
The High School Counseling team reconvenes with students and families at the start of 8th grade to develop a personalized plan for the admissions process. From September through mid-November, students and parents have the opportunity hear from over 20 different area high schools during exclusive information sessions. Bernard Zell's alumni and parents of alumni also serve as a valuable resources in this process, eager to share their advice and experiences of applying and transitioning to high school.
The mission of the High School Counseling office is rooted in a holistic ethos; to support students and families from a perspective that values the intellectual, social, and emotional development of graduating students and to help them transition into a high school that is the best fit based on their abilities and interests.