1) Alexander Muss High-school in Israel: www.amiie.org
The Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) and The Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) are dedicated to engaging teens to discover, explore and embrace their connection to the history, culture and land of Israel. AMHSI offers a year-round, eight-week intensive study abroad program for high school juniors and seniors, using an interdisciplinary curriculum which strives to provide youth with a "permanent Jewish identity". Students can follow in the footsteps of more than 18,000 AMHSI alumni and discover Israel through an inspiring, life changing experience that is non-denominational and pluralistic.
There are six sessions annually, four operating during the school year and two during the summer. The program uses the land of Israel as "a living classroom" with on-site, on-the-move teaching. Students learn chronologically more than 4000 years of Jewish history, beginning with the Biblical period and ending with the modern Middle East. Students can enjoy a college atmosphere in co-ed dorms at their 'home away from home' at the beautiful school campus in Hod Hasharon. There is also the unique opportunity for students to take their 'sequential' high school classes in addition to the core program, so that they don't fall behind. AMHSI is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and participants may receive full high school credit and six college credits.
AMIIE also works with individual Jewish Day Schools to tailor programs (timing and structure) to meet their unique educational goals.
2) NFTY EIE: www.nftyisrael.org/eie
For the Reform teen looking for the ultimate in life experience, the Eisendrath International Exchange High School in Israel is the time of a lifetime. For over 40 years, the Reform Movement has been sending youth to Israel, with this four-month accredited high school nestled in the Judean mountains serving as the premiere program.Our students live together, learn together and grow together as a community as they explore four thousand years of Jewish memory, learn Hebrew, and come to know Israel as their second home. Go on EIE and hook up with your history, your land and your people!
3) USY High: http://www.ramah.org.il/programs/usyhigh.html
When you go to Israel on USY High, not only will you be with USYers from all over North America, but you will get to know the Jewish homeland in an exciting and unique way. Israel's history will come alive as you learn both in the classroom and by using the land of Israel as a live "text book" on hikes and tours. For eight weeks you will live at the Goldstein Youth Village in Jerusalem. In the campus classroom, you will be introduced chronologically to each historical period. Campus class time will be interspersed with time experiencing our "classroom without walls", the Land of Israel. Generally, you will also receive full high school credit for Social Studies and English from the Israel Core Course, from individualized or small group tutorials, and from instruction in up to three sequential courses (regular, advanced or AP mathematics, science or foreign language) as required by your home school. You may also be eligible to earn up to six credits for college. An education specialist will work with you and your school to ensure a total credit exchange.
4) Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim: http://www.ramah.org.il/programs/try.html
Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY) is:
- a high-level academic semester for 10th and 11th graders
- a fully accredited program of General Studies
- a fun and intensive Hebrew language program
- a core course focusing on Zionism and contemporary Israel
- extensive outings throughout Israel
- tefilah, Shabbat and holiday programming
- an international campus, housing students from Israel, Ethiopia, France and Yugoslavia
- interaction with Israeli teens and families through home hospitality
- an enriching Jewish lifestyle
5) Reut-Megiddo American Israeli High-School, www.regional.megiddo.k12.il
Reut-Megiddo American Israeli High-school, associated with the American Israeli High School at kibbutz Beit Hashita, is a year program and is open to qualified 10th and 11th grade students. The program is located in the hills of Ramat Menashe region, next to kibbutz Ein Hashofet, within the Reut-Megiddo regional high school.
The program includes:
Elective courses in: English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, Social Studies (American History and Global History)
Required courses in: History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Israel, Bible as Literature, Hebrew Language (3 levels-No prior knowledge required)
PSAT and SAT tests (administered locally)
Involvement in the Ein Hashofet kibbutz community by working 4 hours each week on the kibbutz
Seminars and field trips throughout the country
Social activities with the Israeli peers from Reut-Megiddo High School
- Kibbutz host families
6) Elite Academy Program/Na’ale: http://www.jewishagency.org/JewishAgency/English/
The Elite Academy Program is a life-changing three-year scholarship program co-funded by the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Students complete grades 10, 11 and 12 in one of the program's affiliated boarding schools, yeshivot or kibbutz regional high schools throughout Israel. Our unique, fully-subsidized program helps students integrate into the Israeli school system, and is bolstered by a strong support network, including both educational and social integration teams, that is comprised of Jewish Agency professionals, Na’ale staff, and school administrators who continually interface with the students and their parents. In addition, each student is paired with a host family who provide home-away-from-home hospitality during Sabbath and school holidays, and a warm and caring environment.
Students receive an impressive benefits package, including:
- Full tuition
- Room and board
- Medical insurance
- Pocket money
- Stipend for travel within Israel
- Budget for maintaining telephone contact with parents
- Trips (both those organized by the program and by the affiliate schools)
- Free first flight to Israel (at the beginning of the 10th grade year)