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Educational System

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.
Close to 20,000 children study in 27 Talmud Torah schools and 18 girls'-schools, 6,000 of them in 225 daycare centers and preschools, belonging to different sectors.

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.
 In the past few years, pedagogical engagement is increasing in the local schools and new, innovative projects are being introduced.

 

The projects, which the municipality operates in cooperation with the department of education and welfare, include:


 The Shachar Project, which helps each student advance in his\her own pace
 The Tzavta Project, a unique project run by special education teachers in Talmud Torahs in the city, in grades 3-5. The teachers provide individual assistance to each student and offer professional counseling to all schools
 The Ma'avarim Project, which is run in the 8th grade of several girls'-schools. The aim of the project is to create a smooth transition from elementary school to high school, and offers assistance in subjects such as math, grammar and English
 The Kadima Project, a direct continuation of the Ma'avarim project. The project offers assistance in Math, Grammar and English to girls in grades 9-10
 The Sha'arei Yeshiva Project is geared to boys in 8th grade as a preparatory step before entering Yeshiva. The project offers educational enrichment as well as workshops which advance emotional and behavioral advancement. The project is based on cooperation between the students' parents and the educational staff of the schools 
  The Muchsharim Project, featuring extra-curricular activities for children in grades 4-5 at the Botanic Garden in Jerusalem
 The Perach Project, which is run in several girls'-schools in the city with the aim of advancing the girls and assisting them reach their potential
 The Swimming Project for Girls, which is a project initiated by the municipality wherein 600 grade 5 girls are taken to subsidized swimming lessons as part of the curriculum
 The Salsela Book Borrowing Project, which is operated in all girls-school at the beginning of the school year. The project is subsidize by the municipality and the Ministry of Education
 The Active Playground Project, has been run in all boys'-schools in the city for the past three years, in cooperation with Ezer MiTzion
 The Destruction of European Jewry Project for Educators, which is operated by the Yad Vashem International School for Holocaust Studies and sponsored by the education department and Yad Vashem

The city of Beitar Ilit operates prolonged school days, which enables some schools to offer the unique Hot Meals Project to the students.


Special Education Department


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.


Educational Storeroom


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


All students learning in the Beitar Ilit education system have the benefit of receiving various health services, such as vaccinations and periodic check-ups, in a joint effort by the education department and the Health Ministry.

 

Educational Institutions in Transportable Structures


About one hundred classrooms are still situated in transportable structures (caravans), a fact which necessitates immediate change, as caravans cannot provide the required standards of education and security. The municipality, led by the mayor, has significantly reduced the use of transportable structures in the past few years and is determined to receive all the necessary permits from the Ministry of Education to increase the number of classrooms. All children in the city deserve to study in proper buildings where they can thrive and blossom.