Middle School

Middle School at Bernard Zell offers a time for students to embark on the path to their true selves. Our Middle School offers a developmentally responsive environment that promotes healthy academic, social and emotional growth in a community of Jewish life and learning. 

Our Middle School students are uniquely nurtured thanks to a partnership of parents, teachers, and our advisory program. As we support students' self-discovery, we also practice kol Yisrael arevim zeh ba zeh—the value that we are all responsible for one another. Middle Schoolers at Bernard Zell learn trust, respect, and individual and community responsibility in addition to core Jewish values of tikkun olam (healing of the world), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness), tzedakah (charity and justice) and tzelem elohim (treating ourselves and others with dignity and respect). 
Every Middle School class also has the opportunity to learn outside of school during trips to Chicago’s museums and institutes, to state forest preserves or overnight camps, and to our nation’s capital to expand their horizons and apply lessons in a “real world” setting. Through this rich environment of community, core curriculum, athletics, and self-discovery, Bernard Zell graduates are exceptionally well prepared to excel during their high school years.
Our students graduate from Middle School with the essential knowledge, skills and habits to succeed in Chicago's highly competitive college preparatory high schools, bolstered by a strong Jewish identity. Graduates are recognized as student leaders with powerful academic foundations and good characters, prized by the area’s most highly selective high schools. Equally as important, our graduates leave with the courage, tenacity, passion and empathy to connect with all whom they interact and year after year return to a place they will forever call home!
Stephanie Bloom
Head of Middle School
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What's Happening in Middle School

8th-grade tiyul

The invitation to explore their Jewish identity in eighth grade with the Tiyul (journey), a two-week experience in Israel that one student described as “making aliyah for two weeks!” Students further expand their connection with Israel through the annual mifgash (encounter), when our 8th-grade students host Israeli 8th-grade students for a unique week of shared learning and activities. 



Middle School students at Bernard Zell are better equipped to translate high academic expectations into results due to challenging, integrative and exploratory class settings that allow them to better understand their subjects as well as each other. Our 8th-grade Holocaust Education Program features our 2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Ann Weiss. 


Unique Middle School Experiences at Bernard Zell include:

The Class of 2022 Presents: World Premiere of MEGA SUS
5th-Grade Builds Queen's Table Challenge
MS Students Perform Skit for Annual Fundraiser