A Shanah Tovah for Education in Jerusalem - Jerusalem Municipality

A Shanah Tovah for Education in Jerusalem

​We are excited together with you: students, parents, and teachers at the outset of the new school year with creative, hands-on, and innovative education

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​An all-time record: Ten new schools will open this year in Jerusalem, with seven of them in the state and state-religious sectors, one official ultra-Orthodox (Charedi), and another two in East Jerusalem. This continues the growth trend in Zionist education in Jerusalem, which began with the entry of Mayor Nir Barkat to his post, alongside continued growth in all sectors.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who holds the Education portfolio, notes that "the Jerusalem educational system of 2018 is not the same as a decade ago, and I am proud of that. We have tripled the education budget. We have built more than 700 new classrooms in all sectors. We have presented an organized program for reducing the discrepancies between the classrooms, including building and providing approximately 5000 classrooms. We have introduced innovative, creative, and inspiring programs in educational institutions throughout the city. We have launched an equal-opportunity program for East Jerusalem, and more. Our children's education is what will determine the future of this city, and therefore I have no doubt that this is an investment which will yield double and quadruple the returns."

The Education System in Jerusalem:

The number of students in Jerusalem on the eve of the start of the 5779 school year stands at 267,507 students in all sectors.

M21 projects have been started to establish areas of innovation in 70 schools in all three sectors, at a cost of approximately 5 million NIS in the Ministry of Education budget.

Dream Schools:

Sixty schools throughout the city will join the "Mechadesh" (="Innovate") Revolution, that transforms the method of learning into creative and innovative ways. It realizes the teachers' pedagogical dreams, and introduces an innovative design into the familiar classroom structure.

This year, for the first time, the "Mechadesh" project will be introduced both in East Jerusalem and in the ultra-Orthodox sector, with a differentiated learning space and use of music as a means of assimilating educational material in a variety of subjects.

Meet the " Incubator Campus" suggested by Avital Geva, Noam Geva and Ruth Azroni, which offers inquisitive, independent, and exploratory educational thinking, and will operate in four learning paths (arts, sciences and the environment, humanities, and movement) which will operate in 4 different "Incubators" that encourage creativity, collaboration, experimenting, and exploration among young researchers.

Take a look at the drawings and pictures, and get excited together with us, with what will soon be built in Jerusalem.

One-hundred-and-fifty schools in the city were renovated, at a total cost of 170 million NIS. Twenty-five sports fields and sports gyms were renovated at a total cost of approximately 7 million NIS.

In the ultra-Orthodox sector, 131 new classes will be inaugurated, and approximately 30 million NIS will be invested in unique educational programs for ultra-Orthodox education.

The diagnostic program in ultra-Orthodox education will be extended to 3,200 6th graders in Talmud Torahs, and dropout prevention programs will be implemented, such as: 10 alternative study rooms, 15 study centers, personal tutoring for approximately 800 children, with the assistance of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev Periphery and the Galilee, doubling the extent of the "Nitzanim" program, and more.

The educational revolution in East Jerusalem continues:

  • Approximately 7,500 students from East Jerusalem will study in the Israeli study program in 2019--a 23% increase over the previous year.
  • Approximately 47,000 students from East Jerusalem will study in the official education system in 5779.
  • Two new schools are opening this year in East Jerusalem, and 43 new classrooms will be inaugurated.
  • An Excellence program will be launched for high school students, which will prepare them for university, as well as training of academics for employment. There are about 300 students from East Jerusalem in pre-academic preparatory programs, and short-term vocational courses will be started in secondary schools, such as: telephone repair, cooking, and PC technicians.
  • About 20 new Hebrew teachers will begin teaching in the coming year in East Jerusalem. A Hebrew-study component will be introduced into the afternoon child care facilities and kindergartens, and Hebrew Ulpans will be set up for teaching staff.

In Special Education:

Ten new preschool classrooms will be opened in the three sectors. The Ne'urim School, the Broshim School, and the facilities of the Edi Shore kindergartens were renovated. The HaMa'ayan School is undergoing a thorough renovation, in cooperation with the Jerusalem Foundation. The cost of renovations is 5,400,000 NIS.

The record-holding neighborhoods in the percentage of growth in the number of students in recent years in the Zionist sector:




Percentage of Growth

Pisgat Ze'ev




Homat Shmuel









The most popular names among students entering first grade in the general sector:

Noa, Shira, and Talia for girls, Uri, David, and Noam for boys. In the ultra-Orthodox sector: Sarah, Rachel, and Rivka for girls, Yosef, Moshe, and David for boys. In the Arab sector, the most common names for girls are: Lin, Lian, and Hala, and the most common names for boys are Muhammad, Yousef, and Adam.