Beitar Illit, as a Haredi city, is characterized by unique needs which are different from any other city in Israel. All educational institutions in the city, except for two state-religious schools, belong to the recognized, unofficial department of the Education Ministry.
In other cities in Israel, the needs of all students are met because there are both state and state-religious institutions, and the recognized, unofficial institutions are treated as private institutions. In Beitar Ilit however, the situation is different, since the private institutions in fact serve as state schools, effectively making the city discriminated against. That is why a new, innovative educational system is needed in the city.
The department of education in the Beitar Ilit municipality serves all sections of the local population, regardless of their affiliation, and takes their unique needs into consideration in order to ease the burden of the different administrations.
Additionally, 11 high schools (seminaries) and 21 Yeshivas operate in the city. One of the most unique schools in the city is the "L'Tzion B'Rinah" high school for new immigrants from the CIS. The school, which was established by the Karlin Chassidus, caters to young immigrant girls and features a Midrashia, a computer program, a physics laboratory, a dormitory and a kitchen.
The extraordinary growth rate in the education system necessitates constant additions of classrooms and expansion of educational institutions and the municipality works tirelessly to receive all the relevant assistance needed from the Ministry of Education and other government bodies.
The projects, which the municipality operates in cooperation with the department of education and welfare, include:
• The city of Beitar Ilit operates prolonged school days, which enables some schools to offer the unique Hot Meals Project to the students.
The education department operates a separate department for special education, responsible for assigning students to special-education schools, holding placing assessment committees, authorizing transportation to the special-education schools etc. During the past few years, revolutionary changes have been made in the education system, enabling over half of all special-education students to study in Beitar Ilit.
Since the year 5771, appropriate educational frameworks are available for all age groups, beginning from multipurpose rehabilitation day care centers, to various occupational preschools; observation, communication, language, retardation, and emotional kindergartens. All in all, there are 20 different preschools within the special-education network.
Two elementary schools have been established for learning disabled boys, and 20 special inclusion and mainstreaming classes have been created within the regular school system to cater to learning disabled boys and girls.
Transportation to and from the special education institutions is available to students whose schools are outside of Beitar Ilit, for instance in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Beit Shemesh, upon referral by an assessment committee.
Department of Psychological Educational Services
The Department of Psychological Educational Services is operated by the municipality and employs a staff of 15 psychologists who offer consulting services to all educational institutions in the city and assists the students in preparing for assessment committees. Through the program, parents of all students can receive consulting services in all issues of special education. The municipality is currently working on getting all the relevant permits for a regional psychological educational services center in order to increase its scope of services to include treatment as well.
The storeroom is active throughout the year, with increased activity during the beginning of the school year, supplying new equipment to all educational institutions and repairing and renewing existing equipment as needed.
Educational Institution Protection
Two security officers are in charge of all security needs in the educational system, and are in constant contact with the administrations. In addition, the officers also provide the administration with special courses dealing with security during states of emergency, shooting defense, first aid etc.
Health Services at the Educational Institutions
Educational Institutions in Transportable Structures