Ramat Hadassah Szold has opened its new high school thanks to a generous donation from UJIA Great Britain. Forty-eight 10th grade students began studies in the new high school building on September 1st in a building which was renovated with funds contributed by British Jewry.
“We only received confirmation at the start of July from the Ministry of Education that the high school could open,” explained Daniel Zelenko, Director of the Residential Village at Ramat Hadassah Szold, “so it was a remarkable feat to mobilize the funds and get the construction and school organization done in such a short time.”
The opening of the high school is the realization of a dream held by Ramat Hadassah Szold’s management since the late 1990’s. Until then the school’s students would live and study at the village for three years from 7th to 9th grade before returning home or onto another high school. The remarkable progress made by the children would often be lost after the youngsters left the village. In addition to general studies for matriculation, the new high school includes specialist studies in communications, science and young entrepreneurship.
In recent years several dozen selected students were able to carry on living at Ramat Hadassah Szold, while studying in nearby high schools. There are currently 40 such children studying in 10th and 11th grades. Ramat Hadassah Szold’s future strategy calls for an intake of 60 children each year in each grade so that eventually there will be 360 students at the village from 7th to 12th grade.