The AMIT Network of schools recently held its annual education award ceremony.
This year’s recipients of the AMIT Network Education Award are the AMIT Netzach Israel Religious Elementary School in Kiryat Malachi and the AMIT Nordlicht Religious Technological High School in Jerusalem.
The AMIT Network is a religious Zionist educational network that operates 90 educational institutions throughout Israel, from elementary school through post high school, that are attended by about 25,000 students. The AMIT Network was founded over 85 years ago by Jewish women in the United States.
AMIT Nordlicht Religious Technological High School in Jerusalem, located in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood of Jerusalem, was chosen as the outstanding school of the AMIT Network for the 2010-2011 school year, for promoting the academic success of students who have not been successful in other educational frameworks and for contributing to students’ personal development.
The school integrates academic and vocational studies. Small classes serve the educational, emotional and social needs of each student. The school has made a name for itself for its policy of accepting students who have dropped out of other frameworks and facilitating impressive academic achievement.
The school’s principal, Shlomo Rahmani, noted that despite the fact that academic matriculation at the school is not a foregone conclusion, about 50% of students achieve full matriculation upon graduation, a figure higher than the national average.
AMIT Netzach Israel School in Kiryat Malachi won in the category of outstanding elementary school. Netzach Israel is a school that transformed itself from a school facing closure to one of the most successful schools in the city. It now attracts a diverse population of students, has outstanding achievement in standardized tests and provides a welcoming and warm school climate for all.
The school has introduced unique programs in music, language and culture that connected immigrant students to the school’s success, instilled in students the joy of learning and created a school culture of excellence and values.
During the ceremony, appreciation awards were also presented to outstanding teachers from across the country, outstanding employees, and students who have excelled.
Dr. Amnon Eldar, Director General of the AMIT Network said that excellent principals and teachers who strive toward educational achievements and the success of their students promote the entire network.
“It is our duty and honor to pay tribute to these excellent and dedicated schools, teachers and staff,” Eldar said.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was MK Zevulun Orlev, who chairs the Knesset’s House Committee on Religious Education.
“The AMIT Network is characterized by academic excellence but is also known for its concern for promoting disadvantaged students in the educational periphery, and in that the network is unique and deserving of praise,” Orlev said at the ceremony.