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Middle School

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Welcome to the Robert Saligman Middle School of Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.

Middle school is a journey of self-discovery that sparks growth and exciting change as our students learn to make decisions, think critically, question thoughtfully, and fully participate in a variety of learning experiences.

Our programs address the needs, interests, and skills of middle-schoolers and encourage them to live and learn by our Derech Eretz/דרך ארץ values of kavod (honor)/כבוד, hesed (loving-kindness)/חסד, ometz lev (courage)/אומץ לב, and kehillah (community)/קהילה. These experiences and values empower our young scholars to embrace challenges and take on new responsibilities. 

Our excellent team of middle school educators creates a nurturing environment where students draw upon their creativity and curiosity. Our teachers serve as role models who support, challenge, and guide students as they navigate adolescence and explore their passions, take a deep dive into academics, create new friendships, and celebrate our traditions. 

Barrack nurtures the individuality that each member of our middle school community brings to the classroom, playing field, stage, and school community.

Students take:

Barrack teachers encourage us to question, to think for ourselves. They care about our opinions and inspire us to think creatively, shaping our lives, our values, and our actions.

Barrack Student


Director of the Middle School 

Middle School Philosophy

Academic, religious, physical, social, and emotional growth is the focal point of our middle school's dual curriculum in secular and religious subjects. Students are encouraged to think, question, learn, and make decisions based on Jewish and American values.

All middle school students take Math, Core (an interdisciplinary study of History and English), Hebrew, Jewish Studies and Tanakh, and Science, along with electives and/or Resource sessions. Leveled courses in math, Hebrew, and Jewish Studies and Tanakh meet students where they are to ensure that each student can succeed.