A School Experience


NAAlE’S goAlS for progrAm pArticipANtS – A comprEhENSivE School ExpEriENcE


Classroom studies are the framework for the Naale experience, and they are rounded out by the rich experiences students have interacting with their peers, participating in social activities, and developing a sense of belonging in israel. Naale graduates earn a teudat bagrut, which is an internationally recognized diploma allowing them to attend universities in israel and worldwide.

The Naale classroom

Acquiring hebrew through immersion while receiving Native-language Support. Students live and learn in hebrew, getting help in their first language as needed.

A cornerstone of Naale is for students to attend classes in hebrew alongside their israeli peers. Some classes and activities may take place in students’ native language (English, french, Spanish, portuguese, or russian, depending on the program).

Support is provided to enable students to acquire the level of hebrew necessary to succeed in mainstream classes. when necessary, students undergo an intensive ulpan to acquire basic hebrew skills. Students already proficient in Hebrew are assisted in honing their academic language skills to enable them to participate in the full range of hebrew classes.

It can take time to build fluency and confidence in Hebrew, and we find that students thrive when immersed in hebrew language and culture.

mechanech/mechanechet – homeroom teacher
while subject area classes are taught by individual teachers in each field of study, there is a homeroom teacher who is the main mechanech/et for each class. the homeroom teacher generally teaches certain subjects to the class and forms a supportive bond with the students. Additionally, the mechanech/et runs various activities and events for the class throughout the year. 

In a boys’ yeshiva high school, the mechanech is known as a ram, or rav mechanech.

Teachers at Naale
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Bagrut - Israel’s
Recognized Diploma

Knowledge to excel in university, skills for life
Graduates of Naale earn a teudat bagrut, a high-level diploma that is internationally recognized, and they are fully prepared for university studies when they finish high school.

Like all Israeli high school students, Naale participants complete the bagrut exams, which are national exams administered by the Ministry of Education. Bagrut scores qualify graduates to attend university in Israel or worldwide. Many Israeli employers also require a bagrut diploma. 

Bagrut exams take place in 10th-12th grades. Most NAALE students take the English bagrut exam at the end of 10th grade. The majority of bagrut exams are written tests, though language exams also include an oral component. Students may repeat exams to improve their scores. Passing the bagrut exams in various subjects earns the student points that are combined to earn a bagrut diploma.

Mandatory subjects, electives, volunteer work and physical education are required components of a bagrut diploma.

Naale students may receive additional concession points on certain exams, and are given assistance to prepare for their exams. 

Israeli High School

A balance of core subjects, electives, activities, and requirements As per Israel’s Ministry of Education, Naale schools adhere to the Israeli high school curriculum, which consists of mandatory core subjects and a range of electives. All of these studies and activities combine to earn the teudat bagrut, the student’s internationally-recognized diploma. 

Mandatory subjects include history, Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literature, social sciences, English, natural sciences, mathematics, and physical education. Electives can include chemistry, biology, social sciences, computer science, and more.

Megamot – Concentration Subjects: In-Depth Study in a Field of Interest
High school students choose one or two concentration subjects as electives, or megamot. A megama is a subject in the humanities, sciences, or technology that is studied at an intensive or advanced level. Individual schools offer different megamot. Contact your Naale coordinator to learn which megamot are available at your school. Some megamot are always offered, while others depend on a minimum number of interested participants.

Jewish studies are taught in both the general track and the religiously observant track of Naale, with the observant track using a more text-based approach in these subjects.

Beyond academic studies, high schools offer a wide range of activities, including volunteering, student council, committees, clubs, sports, music, field trips, and more. Between schoolwork and extracurricular activities, school plays a vital role in a student’s life.

Extra caricular activities with Naale schools in Israel
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Israeli Class Levels

Yechidot Limud – Study Units: Levels of Learning to Suit Each Student

High school students in Israel study certain subjects on varying levels. The levels are determined by the number of study units (known as yechidot limud or simply yechidot for short) undertaken for that subject. The study units indicate the level of difficulty and number of hours devoted to that subject. Study units range from 1 to 5 points, with one unit equivalent to 90 classroom hours. Thus, 5 units in a given subject will represent at least 450 classroom hours. 

Subjects are generally studied at one of three levels:
Basic: 1-3 points
Intermediate: 4 points
Advanced: 5 points

Tziyunim - The Israeli
Grading System

Israeli grades are given according to a numbered system between 1-100. 56 is considered a minimum passing grade. A student’s grade in a particular subject is determined by class work, attendance, exam scores, and a final class grade. 

Dorming and Extracurriculars

Pnimiya – Dormitory: The Student’s Home Away From Home

Naale students live in the school’s dormitory. The dorms are a central hub for school activities after classroom hours. Dorm staff includes an em bayit, or dorm mother, as well as madrichim or madrichot, or counselors. Living in a dorm is an integral part of the high school experience at Naale schools. In some cases, native Israeli students live in the school dorms as well. The pnimiya staff is there to supervise students and provide assistance if needed.


High school students participate in a variety of programs and activities outside of their classroom studies, and Naale participants are no exception! There are clubs, after school activities (chugim), volunteer organizations, youth groups, and more to cater to a vast array of student interests. Many Naale students find that participation in extracurricular activities is a great way to connect to their peers and develop a sense of belonging, as well as learn new skills and hobbies. These are the things that make for an enjoyable, well-rounded high school experience, and Naale students agree that they are an integral part of the experience. 



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