The Naale program is designed to ensure that students on the program integrate successfully into their schools academic and social environment.
All schools in the Naale program offer a high level of academic studies with classes taught in the students native language (options exist for English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian speakers). Different Jewish studies classes are offered in the general and observant tracks of Naale, with observant tracks studying a text based curriculum in addition to the mandatory subjects.
Although the subjects considered obligatory vary in the general and religious tracks, all schools in the Naale program adhere to the curricula required by The Ministry of Education. Mandatory subjects include History, Jewish Studies, Hebrew Language and Literature, Social Sciences, English, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Education. Students may also choose from electives such as physics, chemistry, biology, or an additional foreign language. Students who complete the Naale program graduate fully prepared for college with an internationally recognized diploma.
Students spend their first year in an intensive Hebrew ulpan with students who speak the same language, which most come out of being able to speak, read and write in Hebrew. Though the option remains for throughout the 3-4 years for Naale students to remain in classes instructed in a language they’re most comfortable in, they do have the option to join the mainstream Israeli classes if their grasp and proficiency of Hebrew is up to par.
All students regardless of the language of instruction receive the necessary courses to complete the National Matriculation Exam (referred to as Bagrut), administered by the Ministry of Education. Bagrut scores and certification are recognized internationally and qualify graduates to go onto universities in Israel and worldwide.
ISRAELI HIGH SCHOOL:
The structure of the high school curriculum in Israel allows students to choose the scope, level, and pace of their classes. Students study subjects from each of the following groups.
- Mandatory core subjects
- Mandatory electives
- Additional electives
In addition to academic studies, a wide range of activities are usually offered in high schools, including clubs, volunteer work, music, sports, films, etc. As a result of the emphasis on field trips and extracurricular activities, students are usually very involved in their schools.
Furthermore, every class elects a class committee, and together all of the school’s class committees choose representatives for a student council to represent the entire student body. The student council organizes events, publishes the student newspaper, and represents student interests to the administration.
ISRAELI CLASS LEVELS:
High school students have the flexibility to study at varying “study levels.” A study level is defined by the number of “study units” undertaken for that subject. The number of study units indicates the depth of study of the subject, the level of difficulty at which the student is tested, and the number of hours devoted to that subject. Study levels range from between 1 and 5 study units. One study unit is usually worth 90 classroom hours. This means that subjects that were studied at the level of 5 study units involve at least 450 classroom hours. There are three levels at which subjects may be studied:
- Elementary: 1-3 units.
- Intermediate: 4 units.
- Advanced: 5 units.
Each student may choose the level at which he wishes to study and be examined (provided that he fulfills the minimum requirements for each subject). In 10th grade students at all levels study the mandatory core subjects, while in 11th grade students choose their study tracks in the humanities, science, or technology.
ISRAELI GRADING SYSTEM:
Israeli grades are measured according to a number system, 1-100 with 56 being the minimum “passing” grade. The grade that is given for a particular subject is determined by a combined average based on attendance, exams and the final class grade.
A Matriculation Certificate (te’udat bagrut) constitutes as an international diploma which students can use to further their education at universities worldwide. There are also many employers in Israel who require this certification as a condition for employment. Naale students are entitled to certain concessions of the examinations and to help in preparing for them.
All students who wish to receive a matriculation certificate must pass the National Matriculation Exam (referred to as the bechina chitzonit), administered by the Ministry of Education. The required subjects (listed above) include Bible, Composition, English or French, Hebrew grammar and Mathematics, among others. Additional subject units are determined by each particular school.
The matriculation certificate contains a list of the subjects in which the student was tested in the exam, as well as those subjects in which the student was tested by the school (known as the bechina pnimit).
Bagrut exams take place over a three-year period (between 10th-12th grade). For example, Naale students take their English bagrut exam at the conclusion of 10th grade, while history exams are given at the end of 11th grade.
Certain exams are oral, but the majority are written exams. In some cases, such as language exams, the exams are both written and oral. It is necessary to achieve a minimum grade of 55 (out of a possible 100) in each subject in order to the pass the bagrut exam. Students may repeat particular exams in order to improve their scores.
Students must also have participated in volunteer work in the tenth grade, physical education and homeroom sessions each year, in order to matriculate.