- Jerusalem leads in the Ministry of Education’s values school index, with 27 outstanding schools.
- The number of afternoon daycare centers has grown to 2,500 at an investment of approximately NIS 500 million.
- The Jerusalem Municipality has invested approximately NIS 84 million in renovating and upgrading schools and kindergartens in the city’s education system, installing 189 awnings at education institutions at a cost of NIS 2 million.
- The Jerusalem Municipality will operate a long school day at high schools in eastern Jerusalem, and is opening a new school for music and the arts in eastern Jerusalem – the first of kinds in the country’s Arab community!
With the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the growth in Zionist education in Jerusalem, which began when Mayor Nir Barkat assumed his post, continued, alongside the continued growth in all the sectors.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who also holds the city’s education portfolio, said, “This year, too, education in Jerusalem is positioned at the forefront of the municipality’s efforts and investment. I believe that investing in the education of our children determines the future of the city of Jerusalem, and I am pleased to see the growth and expansion in education institutions in the Zionist sector alongside the other sectors in the city. We are working hard to refresh the system through innovation, creativity, and thinking outside the box. We believe that, together, they help develop the education system to improve the quality of education that we give children in Jerusalem.
The education system in Jerusalem
On the eve of the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the number of pupils in all the sectors in Jerusalem is 260,913.
The Zionist education system (the state system and the state religious system) in the capital has recorded a growth of more than 580 pupils in kindergartens and elementary schools. Following more than a decade of decline in the number of pupils in Zionist education, we have reversed the trend, with annual growth in number of pupils in Zionist education each year, an increase of more than 12%!
88 new classes have been added to the Zionist educution this year.
We opened new school: state religious school Noam Homat Shmuel, and Israel Arts and Science Academy (IASA) Guatemala.
An education revolution in eastern Jerusalem
- This year, approximately 5,800 students in eastern Jerusalem will study for the Israeli matriculation program, which will enable them to enter the academic work and job market – an increase of 14% over the 2016-2017 school year!
- The Jerusalem Municipality has added 79 new classes and built four new schools in the eastern Jerusalem education system, including the Abada’a High School for Music and the Arts, the first school of its kind in the country’s Arab community. The Abada’a High School for Music and the Arts will open in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, teaching the Israeli curriculum. The students will prepare for matriculation exams in one of the following programs: art, theater, and music, including Arab music.
- For the first time, this year, the Jerusalem Municipality is launching an organized equal opportunities program to narrow differences in the eastern Jerusalem education system, at an investment of NIS 25 million. The program includes enrichment hours, expanded study centers at all high schools in the city and at some elementary schools in eastern Jerusalem as part of the long school day. The program’s objective is to narrow differences and offer equal opportunities, as well as promoting meaningful and quality education that will result in the self-realization and excellence of the students. The program will include enrichment activities of the Karev Foundation for Involvement in Education at elementary schools, new programs of excellence, and enhancing the Enrichment and Nutrition Afternoons Program.
- This year, an inter-administrative program for pupils in eastern Jerusalem was created to strengthen the education system in eastern Jerusalem and improve the image of the schools in the eyes of the pupils as a source of high-quality education and contribute to strengthening individuals’ relations with the community.
- This year, 149 classes were added to haredi (ultra-orthodox) education in the haredi neighborhoods, and a program has been drawn up to add hundreds of new classrooms in the coming years.
- Altogether, 316 new classes in all the sectors have been added to the number of classes in the city.
- Jerusalem leads in the Ministry of Education’s values school index, with 27 outstanding schools, in social, academic, and values fields, and on the basis of the very strong improvement rate at these education institutions in the metrics and compared with the achievements in the preceding year.
- This year, approximately NIS 84 million was invested in and upgrading schools and kindergartens in the city. The renovations included the renewal of kindergarten classrooms and playgrounds, and routine repairs and in-depth renovations at schools across the city to renew and adapt them for the upcoming school year.
- The total budget invested in the opening of the 2017-2018 school year is NIS 173 million.
- The shade program – as part of a general measure at the Jerusalem Municipality Education Administration to improve and upgrade the city’s education institutions, 189 awnings will be installed at education institutions this year at a cost of NIS 2 million: 69 awnings at kindergartens, 20 awnings at special education institutions, 65 awnings at elementary schools, and 35 shares at high schools.
- Home room computer project – in the 2017-2018 school year, all classrooms at all elementary schools in the city will be equipped with a teacher’s position that will include a computer, screen, and projector, at a cost of approximately NIS 400,000.
- The number of afternoon daycare centers will increase from 700 to 2,500 in the coming school year, at an investment of approximately NIS 500 million
- The fastest-growing neighborhood – East Talpiot has had 23% growth in the number of pupils in the Zionist sector in the past five years, followed by Homat Shmuel, with 21% increase in the number of pupils.
- Four new special education institutions are due to open in the Zionist sector: Amirim School, two communications kindergartens, and a language kindergarten for children with delayed development, at a total cost of approximately NIS 2.1 million.
- The Renewal Program – a new elementary education flagship program that allows schools to realize their educational dreams through innovative and alternative teaching. Approximately 9,000 pupils at 30 schools will participate in the program this year. The program’s cost is NIS 4.8 million.
- Ifka, the first education institution of its kind in Israel, will begin operating in the 2017-2017 school year in the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood, with the participation of pupils from all elementary schools and some junior high schools in the neighborhood, where they will benefit from enrichment and informal activities during and after school hours.
- The Har Homa neighborhood program was jointly established with the Jerusalem Municipality Welfare Department to provide schools with a treatment, community, and social infrastructures for pupils and their families, at a cost of approximately NIS 4 million.
- Realizing the potential of every child – this year, the municipality is emphasizing early diagnosis and testing to help educational staff and parents fulfill the potential of every pupil in every community in Jerusalem. The different diagnostic programs will be applied in the coming school year at an investment of more than NIS 6 million.
- The most common name among pupils starting 1st grade in Jerusalem is Noa for girls and Daniel for boys.
- The most common name in the haredi education system is Sarah for girls and David for boys.
- The most common name in the Arab education system is Hala for girls and, once again this year, it is Mohammad for boys.