Rochelle Zell Jewish High School is deeply committed to providing students with a comprehensive and well-rounded high school experience, and the fine, performing and literary arts program is an integral part of the school’s philosophy and curriculum. Our faculty members are trained professionals who strive to further students’ passion for the arts, help them realize their full artistic potential and cultivate an appreciation for the talents of their peers.
The current fine and performing arts classes include a cappella vocal ensemble, jazz band, drama, dance, multimedia arts, photography and studio art. These classes are offered twice a week during the academic day to give all students an opportunity to experience the arts.
Rochelle Zell also presents an annual musical, a winter cabaret of dancing and singing accompanied by the jazz band, a spring drama and many community-based events where students perform. Rochelle Zell students enrolled in studio art and photography courses participate in several art shows throughout the year that attract faculty, students and members of the broader community.
The literary arts program gives students the opportunity to write, edit and publish the Rochelle Zell yearbook and The Prints, a literary journal that includes original prose, poetry and photography from students at all grade levels. Students on the debate team study rule-based competitive debate and compete with other schools. Students who participate in Model UN, a simulation of the UN General Assembly, debate current issues on the organization’s agenda, prepare draft resolutions and negotiate with allies and adversaries.
"The turning point in my life was coming to RZJHS because that was when I became a leader. I was empowered by my teachers and I learned how to be a good student. I developed a good work ethic, I took initiative, and I got to shape a lot of things that are still in existence at RZJHS today. I definitely wouldn’t trade my unique experience for anything."