FAQ Still didn’t get the answers you need? CONTACT US Is Naale Elite Academy a school or a program? Naale is a program co-funded by the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel with a network of over 25 affiliated high schools throughout Israel. The schools absorb Naale students from over 50 countries. Each school caters to a different demographic based on religious preference and common language. Is Naale affiliated with both religious and secular high schools? Yes, Naale high schools are available for both religious and secular students. The secular schools are co-ed while the religious schools are separate for boys and girls. How much does the program cost? There are only two payments: A one time nonrefundable application fee of $600. An additional payment of 600$ upon acceptance. Other than these two payments there are no additional costs. The program includes full airfare to Israel at the beginning of the program, room and board, off-campus travel expenses, tiyulim (trips), spending money, and more, and is fully funded by the Israeli Government and the Jewish Agency for Israel. How long is the program? Naale is a three or four year long program depending on whether a student starts in 9th or 10th grade. Can students attend Naale for only a year or two? Naale is a voluntary program. Students are expected to remain in the program for the full three-four years, but we do not stand in the way of a student who decides to return home after a year or two. Naale is a different experience than what most students are used to and therfore it may take time to adjust to the school and Israel. Although it may be difficult, it may prove to be a very rewarding experience. It is also important to understand that the program is a three to four year long program and is structured accordingly. Who may apply to Naale? Motivated and mature teenagers between the ages of 13-16 who are eligible for Israel’s Law of Return. Do applicants have to make Aliyah? No, all students who do not hold Israeli citizenship are admitted to the country on an extended tourist visa and students with Israeli citizenship come in on their Israeli passports and do not need to make an Aliyah commitment of any kind. Once they graduate, students can choose to make Aliyah and are entitled to receive Aliyah benefits from the ministry of Aliyah and absorption. Are the classes taught in Hebrew or English? Hebrew is gradually integrated into the classroom from day one. During the first semester teachers translate and use basic Hebrew. From the second Semester most classes are completely taught in basic Hebrew. By the time the students finish their first year they are expected to have basic reading, writing and conversational Hebrew skills. The exact method and level of Hebrew verses English varies from school to school. Each school and teacher has the student’s best interest and success in mind, with the goal that students acquire Hebrew at the fastest rate possible. From the second year onward students are taught, tested and expected to write reports and converse exclusively in Hebrew. What is the difference between 3/4/5 points Math? Mathematics is taught diferently in Israel than it is in most countries. In Israel can choose between three levels of mathematics. Three points, which is the level of most Israeli students Four points which is equivalent to basic college level mathematics Five points which is equivalent to university level mathematics. Four and five points math is recommended to highly motivated students who have a good grasp of math and are prepared to dedicate a lot of time and effort during and outside of classroom hours. The level at which the students study is decided according to their Math ability, knowledge and motivation, studying at the 4 and 5 points Math level is recommended only for students with a very good math grasp that are willing to spend a lot of effort and time both during class and after class hours. Can students entering 11th grade apply to Naale? Yes, as long as they are within the age range of 13 – 16 at the start of the program and are willing to repeat 10th grade. This is quite common and students who make the choice to repeat 10th grade would be in good company. Can students entering 9th grade apply to Naale? Yes, most of our schools have a 9th grade class, but it is important to understand that screenings for students entering 9th grade are fastidious due to the younger age of the students. Can children of Israeli citizens or children born in Israel apply? Yes, children of Israeli citizens may apply as well as children born in Israel provided that they have spent at least 4 years abroad prior to applying for the program. Additional requirements or restrictions may apply, speak to your regional manager for more information. Should parents report problems or concerns to Naale staff or to the school administration and faculty? In most cases, parents should approach the Naale Coordinator at the relevant school first. However, you are always welcome to contact your local Naale regional manager with any problems or concerns and they will be happy to direct you to the appropriate faculty member. Nonetheless, confidential issues are between students, the parents, and school faculty. Do students meet their counterparts from other countries? Each school has its own policy regarding inter-school activities. There are seminars and trips availabe for students during Pesach, Sukkot, and Chanukah, as well as a Naale day or “Yom Naale” for all Naale students once a year. Do Israeli students stay in the dormitory as well? Yes, each school has their own policy regarding Israeli students. Some schools require all students both international and Israeli to live in the dorm and some schools give students the option of living in a dormitory and local students comute to school daily. Do students take the Bagrut (matriculation) exams in addition to or instead of the SATs? All Naale students are required to take the Israeli matriculation exams or Bagruyot, which is counted towards their internationionally recognized diploma. Israeli students typically do not take the SATs rather they take the Psycometric Exam after graduating. Naale students who are interested in taking the SATs may do so during school vacations. Is there supervision in the dormitory? Yes, all Naale schools have counselors, dorm mothers and a Naale coordinator. The dorm staff is in charge of ensuring student safety and security after school hours, directing activities, and enforcing rules and regulations. Are arrangements made for students who do not have relatives to spend free weekends and holidays with? Yes, volunteer host families from surrounding communities are assigned to Naale students who don’t have relatives in Israel for free weekends and holidays. Do Naale students need to live in the dormitory? Yes, Naale students are required to live in the dormitory during the school week, and may choose to visit family and friends on free weekends. Each school has a free/boarding school weekend schedule that students must adhere to. All off campus, weekend excursions must be approved by the parents and the school staff ahead of time. Do Naale schools have sports facilities? Yes, all Naale schools are equipped with sports facilities which vary from school to school. For more information please speak with the school’s Naale coordinator. Do Naale students receive a diploma? Yes, Naale students receive an internationally recognized Israeli diploma or a “Teudat Bagrut” upon successfully passing all requirements. Can students leave campus during the week? Each affiliate school has its own policy regarding leaving campus. For example some may allow students to leave in groups, and some may allow students to leave with a staff member. For more information please speak to the school’s Naale coordinator. Will students who hold Israeli citizenship be drafted into the army upon graduation? According to Israeli law, students that meet the following criteria are required to draft into the IDF upon completing the 12th grade: Children of one or more Israeli parent. Children who spend over two years of High School in Israel. All Naale students meet with their Naale coordinator and the Alumni department to discuss their options once they reach 12th grade, and attend a joint “Tzav Rishon”. If parents of a Naale student make Aliyah after they have started the program, can the student remain in Naale? Yes, students can remain part of the program as long as they start Naale at least three months before the parent makes Aliyah. In order to remain eligible for Naale benefits, students need to continue living in the dorms and adhering to the school weekend schedule. Needless to say, students can go home for free weekends. If you are planning on making Aliyah, your child’s benifits might be affected. Please make sure to discuss this with your Aliyah coordinator or regional manager when starting the Aliyah process. What would serve as grounds for dismissal from the program? Drinking, smoking, reckless and dangerous behavior, causing discomfort to fellow students, disregarding school rules and regulations, and neglecting studies would all serve as grounds for dismissal from the program.