חֲטִיבַת הַבֵּינַיִים

Yesterday we saw that the Hebrew expression for high school is בית ספר תיכון . There actually is another term – החטיבה העליונה – the upper division.

Likewise, חטיבת הביניים – meaning literally the division of between – is what Israelis use to refer to middle school.

For example:

היא סיימה כיתה ו’ וממשיכה לחטיבת הביניים.

She finished 6th grade and is continuing to middle school.

The word חטיבה itself (also a military brigade) comes from the root ח.ט.ב meaning cutting, to chop: a חטיבה is piece cut out of something larger, so that middle school is cut out of school in general.