The Bialik-Rogozin School, located in South Tel-Aviv, educates more than 1,150 students from 1st to 12th grades. The student population of the school includes a wide range of demographic groups. The school population includes poor third-generation Israeli born families, work immigrants, new immigrants (mainly from the Former Soviet Union, refugees from Darfur, and minority Arabs). Almost all families have a low socio-economic status. They live predominantly in the southern neighborhoods of the city of Tel-Aviv. The school's main objective is to provide these underprivileged students with opportunities to develop their potential.
The school employs over 100 teachers and tens of volunteers, and is assisted by an action committee of many public figures, industry leaders and other involved individuals who believe in the school's goals and provide expertise, assistance and networking to help achieve these goals.
The school is funded by the Tel-Aviv municipality and by donations from various funds.
The vision of our school is to provide all students with a wide array of opportunities to develop their potential. We want to offer each and every one of them a chance to obtain educational and life experiences which would provide them with opportunities to obtain meaningful and gainful employment, establish a normative family, and develop a sense of belonging to their community and to the Israeli society.
- To grant a meaningful and recognized educational certificate which enables a successful integration into work or academic settings.
- To promote the values of respect for others, equality, and personal and social commitment.
- To prevent drop-out (both official and hidden).
- To increase the number of students in school by approaching additional target populations.
- To reduce school violence and provide a sense of security and mutual respect.
- To promote full, meaningful and successful military service.
- To increase parent participation in the educational process.
- To create a meaningful and democratic collaboration between students, staff, parents and the community to help work together toward the school’s vision.
The way in which our school operated is directly derived from the special profile of the school’s target population. The student body consists of some of the weakest segments in the Israeli society. More than 60% of the families are being treated at a variety of social services, and more than 50% are single-parent families.
The families belong to several distinct groups:
- Guest workers, who arrived from a wide range of countries, including South America, the Philippines, and African countries, such as Ghana.
- New immigrants, mainly from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia
- Arab Israeli citizens
- Israeli born (third generation) families living at or below the poverty level.
- Refugees from Darfur
In addition to providing students with the full curriculum of school as defined by the Israeli Ministry of Education, the school is involved in various other activities and projects to meet the specific needs of its target population:
• Aspiration for Excellence – despite the students’ challenging backgrounds, we push all students to excel in their studies and finish their Bagrut tests. In 2014 our school achieved 96% success in the Bagrut tests – one of the highest among Tel-Aviv schools.
• Multicultural Education – providing students with a strong link to the Israel society, culture and values, while respecting their native cultures, teaching elements of these cultures (such as teaching 8 different languages), and stressing inter-cultural respect and equality.
• Educational Continuity – The school has an educational responsibility for students and families for the whole day – 7.30 AM through 7.30 PM.
• Community Involvement – we believe that a responsible school graduate should be involved in his community. We emphasize involvement in both local communities and in the Israeli society, teach students core elements of Israeli culture, and encourage them to be active in their communities.
• Emotional Support – the rough backgrounds of some of our students lead to emotional difficulties among some of them. The school provides students and their families with professional diagnosis and treatment plans to help them cope with these life challenges.
Our school is recognized as a local and global leader in education for multicultural and refugee communities. Every year we host dozens of educational and political leaders from around the world, who come to see and learn how to create a successful, multicultural education system for the underprivileged. We believe that our day-to-day experience, together with the humanitarian values that lead our work, can help other organizations in the network achieve similar goals.
We believe that our goals and that the values we believe in can be better achieved when working in cooperation with similar institutes. We hope to cooperate with other members of the network, to learn from them, and to create coolaborative projects that will assist the communities that the network members are operating in.