(JTA) – A new program in an Israeli school network will allow its students to graduate a year early if they agree to perform an extra year of community service or continue immediately to higher education.
The program by the Israel Sci-Tech Schools educational network adds an extra month to each school year beginning in Grade 8 and covers all the same subject matter. The pilot program at two of the Sci-Tech schools will begin this school year, in co-operation with the Ministry of education.
This is a boon to its students who must serve in the Israeli military, allowing them an opportunity to perform a year of volunteer national service or get a head start on their higher education.
“If we can ignite our students’ drive for improvement and social responsibility, and help them down a path where they can contribute to society at large, then everyone will benefit, including us,” Israel Sci-Tech Schools Director General Zvi Peleg said in a statement.
Sci-Tech is made up of 207 schools serving 100,000 students. The school prepares students for future careers in the high-tech Israeli economy and reaches out to potential students from disadvantaged and underserved social groups, such as haredi Orthodox and Bedouin communities.