News on Education - Opening of the Coming School Year
On the eve of the new school year, the Jerusalem Municipality has lots of news for students and parents
New schools and buildings throughout the city are coming to the neighborhoods
* The opening of the new Head Space center for psychological treatment for students * The Mechadesh program for educational innovation is expanding and doubling in size * A scientific-technological innovation center in Katamon and more
Jerusalem mayor Moshe Lion: “When I look at the Jerusalem education system, I don’t see classrooms and schools, I see students - our dear children. Every student is an entire world. We are not their teachers or educators, but as the municipality, our job is to provide the Jerusalem’s excellent educators with all of the tools and environment to be the best that they can be for their students. That’s why we invest a great deal of effort and unprecedented budgets into education in all of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods and communities, regardless of differences and without bias. Because the students’ success is our success. I wish everyone a successful and fruitful school year.”
City Councilor Hagit Moshe, Deputy Mayor and Education Portfolio holder: “I’m happy to announce that we were successful in working together to increase the education budget and make it a significant budget that serves the innovative and up-to-date approaches in the field of education. The renovation of schools in Jerusalem in the past year has been much more than plaster and cosmetic touch-ups in the classrooms. We have constructed learning spaces and campuses that include היאים for the education of the children of Israel’s capital.”
Jerusalem’s Education System:
- The number of students in Jerusalem on the eve of the opening of the 2019-2020 school year is 275,216 students including all communities.
- 18,393 first graders will be starting the school year for the first time.
- 16,464 high school seniors will be starting their final year of school this year.
- A total of 205 new classrooms will be opened across all communities with the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The 2019 Jerusalem Municipality Education Administration budget is NIS 2.1 billion.
The total budget invested in the opening of the 2019-2020 school year is NIS 190 million.
Important education news in Jerusalem for the new school year
- New Har Homa state high school – The first high school to open in the Har Homa neighborhood, with a municipal investment of hundreds of thousands of shekels, will provide a solution for the area, and has already gained the trust of the neighborhood’s residents. 65 students registered for the school when it opened, constituting an unprecedented level of registration for a new school, with three 7th grade classes to be opened (2 regular classes and one special education class). The school will operate using an innovative pedagogical and learning program adapted to 21st century skills.
- New French Hill state-religious school – For the first time ever, a state-religious school will open in the French Hill neighborhood, aimed at providing a solution for the young and developing French Hill community, so that residents will not need to travel to nearby neighborhoods. In the first phase, one first grade class will be opened in the Amirim School complex (special education). The Jerusalem Municipality is investing hundreds of thousands of shekels in work on the structure and for special equipment for the study areas, which will provide solutions for innovative and relevant teaching.
- The opening of Head Space Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Municipality is opening an innovative center for psychological and mental treatment to be provided free of charge and without need for medical referrals, intended for teens and young people aged 11-25 who are going through times of crisis in their lives. The center, which is based on a treatment model implemented in Australia, will be staffed by psychologists, a psychiatrist and other therapists.
- Katamon Educational and Social Innovation Center – A science-technology center for children and teens is planned to be opened in Beit Haberer in the Katamon neighborhood. The center will create a rich, diverse and inspiring work environment. In the mornings, the center will host the neighborhood’s schools as part of their curriculum. The students will use a diverse range of equipment in hands-on workshops and the teachers will lead the workshops with the pedagogical and technical guidance and support of the center’s staff. During the afternoons and evenings, the center will be used by children, teens, the elderly, young families and students.
- Mechadesh program doubles its investment and expands – In light of its remarkable success, Mechadesh, the Jerusalem Municipality’s revolutionary program for innovative educational, is expanding. Starting in the new school year, the program, which until now has only operated in elementary schools in West Jerusalem, will also be operate in kindergartens, secondary schools, and in the capital’s ultra-Orthodox and Arab educational systems.
Up until the start of the new school year, 39 elementary schools had participated in the program. Starting in the upcoming school year, no less than 100 (!) educational institutions will take part. Accordingly, financial investment in the program has doubled this year, with the budget now standing at NIS 10 million, compared with a former annual budget of NIS 5 million.
- Extensive physical renewal to educational institutions – During the summer months, 780 renovations took place in many schools around the city, including 16 major renovations, with a total investment of NIS 200 million. 13 kindergartens underwent major renovation, and over 150 kindergartens throughout the city, in all three communities, underwent minor renovations. During the year, dozens of shading structures were installed in kindergartens, and dozens more were installed during the summer break. The city’s kindergartens are starting the 2019-2020 school year with at least one major shading structure in each kindergarten yard. 36 sports fields and sports halls were renovated with a total investment of approximately NIS 11 million.
- Yachda for groundbreaking kindergarten teachers – Yachda is a unique and first-of-its-kind program led by the Jerusalem Municipality, in which the city’s leading educators are selected to receive unique training, such as vice principals, position holders, counselor coordinators – candidates for municipal management positions. Starting in the new school year, 20 inspiring and leading kindergarten teachers will be joining the program. 80 educators will participate in each Yachda program during the 2019-2020 school year.
- Two new schools in East Jerusalem –
- The Alwadi School for Excellence – In the Wadi al Joz neighborhood, a new municipal school built with a NIS 25 million investment, a mixed school for boys and girls that will implement the Israeli program for grades 1-8. The Center for Excellence for gifted students will also operate in the school.
- The Albian School – A new elementary school for boys and girls in grades 1-8 that will work according to the Israeli program, in the Um Lison neighborhood.
In addition, five kindergartens will move to new buildings in the Um Tuba neighborhood.
- First municipal conservatory in East Jerusalem – The Jerusalem Municipality has opened the first public conservatory in East Jerusalem, in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood within the Ibeda School of Arts. The conservatory operates in conjunction with the Academy of Music and offers subsidized music lessons to students from all of East Jerusalem’s neighborhoods.
- In East Jerusalem – Some 8,300 East Jerusalem students will study in the Israeli program in the 2019-2020 school year. Some 47,500 students from East Jerusalem will study in the official education system in the 2019-2020 school year.
- Five new buildings will be delivered in the ultra-Orthodox community – The seminars: B’not Elisheva, Tamir-Mendelson, Afikei De’ah, Nativ HaKhinukh and Si’akh Sod special education school, which until now have operated in improper classrooms, will now all enjoy new buildings. In addition, new wings have been built for the Wiznitz Ma’aleh Simcha, Ahiezer-Motzafi Talmud Torah.
- Haredi PISGA Center - For the first time in Jerusalem, a PISGA (Teaching staff development) Center serving ultra-Orthodox educators in Jerusalem has opened, in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, in accordance to the values of the ultra-Orthodox community and with content tailored to the requests of the educational institutions. The opening of the new center is part of the Educational Administration’s policy, which places the development and empowerment of teaching staff as its top priority. The center was opened last winter and serves kindergarten through high school teachers, thus encouraging the age continuum approach in educational institutions and preventing dropout. In addition, teachers come to the PISGA Center for professional training, and the center’s professionals visit teachers in the educational institutions.
- In the ultra-Orthodox community 131 new classes will be inaugurated, with a total investment of NIS 210 million, and NIS 5 million will be invested in unique ultra-Orthodox educational programs.
- New official ultra-Orthodox school, Arisha – During the course of the new school year a new state ultra-Orthodox school will be opened, which will place special emphasis on providing a high level of education, advancing achievement and encouraging excellence while allocating special tools and resources, along with the implementation of an innovative, meaningful and experiential study program.
The school is unique in that it operates the unique municipal “Musical City” project, in which high quality music programs and lessons are given in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and which is a partner in the Ministry of Education’s Agricultural Farm program, where experiential studies and tours in nature are given. Mrs. Tchia Wallach is the school’s principal, bringing with her years of experience as the principal of a variety of educational institutions.
- Special education news:
- HaDvir School is moving to our new and renovated building, shared with the Seligsberg School. A new communications park and visually impaired park will also be opened.
- The Alsalam special education school is expanding and moving to its new building, with an investment of NIS 19 million, in the Sharafat neighborhood.
- The Alwakha School for special education, a new elementary school for children with light to moderate mental disabilities, will be opened in the Shu’afat neighborhood in the north of the city.
- Three language kindergartens are moving to new buildings that have been completed, adjacent to regular kindergartens.
- Butterfly Program – The special education innovation program will begin its third year and will be joined by 14 new schools, kindergartens and advanced classes, in addition to the 36 that are already participating in the program.
- Common names among first grade students in the general community: Noa, Shira and Talia among girls (for the second year in a row), Ori, Ariel and Daniel for boys. In the ultra-Orthodox community: Sara, Yael and Esther for girls, Yosef, Moshe and David for boys (also for the second year in a row). In the Arab community, the common names for girls are Lian, Gana and Maryam, and for boys the common names are Muhammad, Mahmad and Ahmad.
As is done every year for the safety of the students, traffic police, multifunctional inspectors and municipal police officers will be stationed at central junctions near educational institutions during the first three days of the school year. In addition, motorized municipal police patrols will be increased. This year too, emphasis will be placed on information, positive enforcement and appeals to drivers and parents to drive safely and give pedestrians the right of way.