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High school in English | High school in Hebrew | Bagrut (matriculation) exams | High school programs

High school in English

One of the most beneficial outcomes of high school curriculum taught in English is that it can prevent students from feeling unaccomplished or incompetent.
  • ACE (Adventure. Challenge. Education.) (10-12+)
    ACE (Adventure. Challenge. Education.) The school understands that each boy comes with his own personal strengths and shortcomings, and strives to work with each boy as an...

  • Beis Midrash Har Tzion (11-12)
    Beis Midrash Har Tzion Beis Midrash Har Tzion is primarily a Yeshiva for boys with a Yeshiva background who have made Aliyah. They are a bridging institution between the Yeshivot abroad and the Israeli Yeshiva system. The goal of the program is inte...

  • GED Course - Touro College
    GED Course - Touro College Touro College is offering an eight week GED preparation course with separate classes for men and women. The first session will run from October 25-December 18, 2011 on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes will take pl...

  • Jerusalem American International School (k-12)
    Jerusalem American International School The majority of the students are children of diplomats or international corporate workers. While being stationed in Israel, they want to maintain the educational standards of their country of origin. About 10% ...

  • Kol Hadassah
    The central goal of Kol Hadassa is to guide the girls towards achieving an accredited high school diploma via the Penn Foster program. The staff works with the students in both individual and group settings. Once the girls have earned their diplom...

  • LYA - Leadership Yeshiva Academy (12+), Golan
    LYA - Leadership Yeshiva Academy LYA utilizes an Israeli army mechina format as the basis for its program. Aside from a comprehensive Torah study program, there is program...

  • Meir Shfeya Youth Village
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  • Midrash Shmuel
    Midrash Shmuel ( & Aliyos Shmuel) מדרש שמואל Midrash Shmuel is primarily a yeshiva for boys from abroad. The yeshiva is designed to be an intensive, yet balanced environment for the advanced development of its students. As a result...

  • Naale - Elite Academy - 4 campuses
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  • Ohr Moshe
    Ohr Moshe Ohr Moshe is a high school catering to English-speaking Olim who have found it difficult to integrate into the mainstream Israeli school system. The school offers small classes, individual attention and personalized learning programs. ...

  • Teen Ulpan
    Ulpan for Olim Teenagers ages 12 to 18. Hebrew is taught at 5 levels, providing students with a strong foundation to ensure greater success when they begin school. The Ulpan provides a solid background in reading comprehension, writing and conversa...

  • Walworth Barbour American International School
    Walworth Barbour American International School 33% of the students are Americans. 10% of the students are Israelis.The rest are from countries all over the world. Familie...

  • Yerushalayim Torah Academy for Boys
    Yerushalayim Torah Academy for Boys The goal of the school is to help English speaking boys acclimate to the Israeli school system. This is done by teaching material for the bagrut exams in English (textbooks are in Hebrew). The in-school Ulpan focu...

  • Yerushalayim Torah Academy for Girls
    The goal of YTA is to ensure a successful absorption for new immigrants in high school by focusing on each individual student's needs. The school provide a warm, caring environment which prepares English speaking girls for life in Israel. While there a...

Source: www.nbn.org.il

High school in Hebrew

Attending an Israeli school can be highly beneficial both socially and academically. An immigrant's successful integration is dependent on his/her ability to understand the cultural norms. Communicating with their peers, reading newspaper and magazine articles, listening to Israeli music, playing sports and participating in extra-curricular activities, and learning how to navigate their way through the country are all ways in which an Oleh teen can gain confidence.

A rite of passage for the majority of high school student in Israel is taking Bagrut (matriculation) exams. Parents who are considering sending their child to a school that does not offer the Bagrut exams need to keep in mind the long-term ramifications on the teen’s sense of self in Israeli society.
Keep in mind that Misrad Hachinuch offers Olim special accommodations for these exams.

Source: www.nbn.org.il

Bagrut exams

Children who made Aliyah (immigrated to Israel) are classified in two groups:
  • Olim Chadashim (new Olim): are children who arrive in Israel when they are entering the 10th grade (or when they are 15 years of age or older).
  • Olim Vatikim (veteran Olim): are children who arrive in Israel before 10th grade, or before they reach the age of 15.

This status determines their rights and will hold true for ten years. Namely, if your child arrives in 3rd grade or thereafter, he or she will be provided with special accommodations for the duration of his or her primary and secondary education.

In order to receive the special test booklets and Oleh accommodations, you will need to get approval from the school's guidance counselor. There are three caveats to the provision of Oleh Bagrut leniencies: one applying to budgets, one applying to minimum requirement of students in school requesting the accommodations, and one applying to the availability of staff to administer the accommodations. These caveats basically give the Misrad HaChinuch the ability to rescind the leniencies.

To determine the eligibility of your child, you will need to be proactive with your child's homeroom teacher (mechanech/et) and school's guidance counselor.

Translated exams are only available in the “summer” testing period (i.e. the second semester of the year when the majority of the exams are offered).


Oleh Vatik (Veteran Oleh: came before the age of 15 or before 10th grade)

Oleh Chadash (New Oleh: came at age 15 or in 10th grade)

Tanach, Literature, History, and Civics (mandatory)

  • Oleh special exam OR
  • Regular exam plus 10 points

If you answer in Hebrew:

  • Oleh exam plus 5 points OR
  • Regular exam plus 15 points OR
  • Translated exam plus 5 points

If you answer in English:
Note: Students can answer in English only for the first four years.

  • Oleh exam plus 5 points OR
  • Translated Oleh exam with no additional points

Students who make Aliyah in 11th or 12th grade can be tested orally.

Tanach (mandatory)

Can use English translated Tanach

Can use English translated Tanach

Math (mandatory)

Regular exam with no additional points. Questionnaire can be read aloud to the student by an examiner.

If you answer in Hebrew:

  • Oleh exam plus 5 points OR
  • Regular exam plus 15 points OR
  • Translated exam plus 5 points

If you answer in English:
Note: Students can answer in English only for the first four years.

  • Oleh exam plus 5 points OR
  • Translated Oleh exam with no additional points

Questionnaire can be read aloud to the student by an examiner.

Optional subjects that are heavily based on reading comprehension skills

Regular exam plus 10 points

Only answer in Hebrew:
Regular exam plus 15 points
Translated exam plus 10 points
Oral exam with no additional points

Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Electronics (optional)

  • Regular exam with no additional points
  • Test can be read to student orally

Answer in Hebrew:

  • Regular exam plus 10 points
  • Translated exam plus 10 points

Answer in English:
Note: Students can answer in English only for the first four years.

  • Regular exam plus 10 points
  • Translated exam with no additional points

Test can be read to student orally

All subjects

  • Allowed an extra 15 minutes per hour of each exam.
  • Can use an English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English dictionary (with the exception of the Hebrew language exam)
  • Students who have learning disabilities can take a special exam in cooperation with the school guidance counselor.
  • Spelling/grammar mistakes not counted.
  • Allowed an extra 15 minutes per hour of each exam.
  • Can use an English-Hebrew/Hebrew-English dictionary (with the exception of the Hebrew language exam)
  • Students who have learning disabilities can take a special exam in cooperation with the school guidance counselor.

Source: www.nbn.org.il

High school programs

  • Atidim
    Atidim offers a broad range of age-specific programs - beginning with a curriculum for students in high schools (Pre-Atidim), through the universities and ending with their placement in meaningful positions in the Israeli industry or public administration. Many of the students currently enrolled in different phases of Atidim are new immigrants, and the program is essential in helping them integrate into Israeli society.
  • Alexander Muss High-school in Israel www.amiie.org
    The Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) and The Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) are dedicated to engaging teens to discover, explore and embrace their connection to the history, culture and land of Israel. AMHSI offers a year-round, eight-week intensive study abroad program for high school juniors and seniors, using an interdisciplinary curriculum which strives to provide youth with a "permanent Jewish identity".
     Students can follow in the footsteps of more than 18,000 AMHSI alumni and discover Israel through an inspiring, life changing experience that is non-denominational and pluralistic.
    There are six sessions annually, four operating during the school year and two during the summer. The program uses the land of Israel as "a living classroom" with on-site, on-the-move teaching. Students learn chronologically more than 4000 years of Jewish history, beginning with the Biblical period and ending with the modern Middle East. Students can enjoy a college atmosphere in co-ed dorms at their 'home away from home' at the beautiful school campus in Hod Hasharon. There is also the unique opportunity for students to take their 'sequential' high school classes in addition to the core program, so that they don't fall behind. AMHSI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and participants may receive full high school credit and six college credits.

    AMIIE also works with individual Jewish Day Schools to tailor programs (timing and structure) to meet their unique educational goals.

  • NFTY EIE: www.nftyisrael.org/eie
    For the Reform teen looking for the ultimate in life experience, the Eisendrath International Exchange High School in Israel is the time of a lifetime. For over 40 years, the Reform Movement has been sending youth to Israel, with this four-month accredited high school nestled in the Judean mountains serving as the premiere program.Our students live together, learn together and grow together as a community as they explore four thousand years of Jewish memory, learn Hebrew, and come to know Israel as their second home. Go on EIE and hook up with your history, your land and your people!

  • USY High: http://www.ramah.org.il/programs/usyhigh.html
    When you go to Israel on USY High, not only will you be with USYers from all over North America, but you will get to know the Jewish homeland in an exciting and unique way. Israel's history will come alive as you learn both in the classroom and by using the land of Israel as a live "text book" on hikes and tours. For eight weeks you will live at the Goldstein Youth Village Jerusalem. In the campus classroom, you will be introduced chronologically to each historical period. Campus class time will be interspersed with time experiencing our "classroom without walls", the Land of Israel. Generally, you will also receive full high school credit for Social Studies and English from the Israel Core Course, from individualized or small group tutorials, and from instruction in up to three sequential courses (regular, advanced or AP mathematics, science or foreign language) as required by your home school. You may also be eligible to earn up to six credits for college. An education specialist will work with you and your school to ensure a total credit exchange.

  • Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim: http://www.ramah.org.il/programs/try.html
    Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY) is:
    1. a high-level academic semester for 10th and 11th graders
    2. a fully accredited program of General Studies
    3. a fun and intensive Hebrew language program
    4. a core course focusing on Zionism and contemporary Israel
    5. extensive outings throughout Israel
    6. tefilah, Shabbat and holiday programming
    7. an international campus, housing students from Israel, Ethiopia, France and Yugoslavia
    8. interaction with Israeli teens and families through home hospitality
    9. an enriching Jewish lifestyle

  • Reut-Megiddo American Israeli High-School, www.regional.megiddo.k12.il
    Reut-Megiddo American Israeli High-school, associated with the American Israeli High School at kibbutz Beit Hashita, is a year program and is open to qualified 10th and 11th grade students. The program is located in the hills of Ramat Menashe region, next to kibbutz Ein Hashofet, within the Reut-Megiddo regional high school.
    The program includes:
    1. Elective courses in: English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, Social Studies (American History and Global History)
    2. Required courses in: History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Israel, Bible as Literature, Hebrew Language (3 levels-No prior knowledge required)
    3. PSAT and SAT tests (administered locally)
    4. Involvement in the Ein Hashofet kibbutz community by working 4 hours each week on the kibbutz
    5. Seminars and field trips throughout the country
    6. Social activities with the Israeli peers from Reut-Megiddo
    7. Kibbutz host families

  • Elite Academy Program/Na’ale: http://www.jewishagency.org
    The Elite Academy Program is a life-changing three-year scholarship program co-funded by the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel.  Students complete grades 10, 11 and 12 in one of the program's affiliated boarding schools, yeshivot or kibbutz regional high schools throughout Israel.  Our unique, fully-subsidized program helps students integrate into the Israeli school system, and is bolstered by a strong support network, including both educational and social integration teams, that is comprised of Jewish Agency professionals, Na’ale staff, and school administrators who continually interface with the students and their parents.  In addition, each student is paired with a host family who provide home-away-from-home hospitality during Sabbath and school holidays, and a warm and caring environment. 

    Students receive an impressive benefits package, including:

    1. Full tuition
    2. Room and board
    3. Medical insurance
    4. Pocket money
    5. Stipend for travel within Israel
    6. Budget for maintaining telephone contact with parents
    7. Trips (both those organized by the program and by the affiliate schools)
    8. Free first flight to Israel (at the beginning of the 10th grade year)

Source: www.jewishagency.org

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